The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ
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What Is The Evidence?
The physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from a rock-cut tomb outside Jerusalem is essential to the Christian faith, as Paul states in 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-34 :
If Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. ........And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
So how do we know the accounts of Jesus' resurrection are true? What is the evidence? And how reliable is it? How can we be sure Jesus actually rose from the dead?
Types of Evidence for The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
There are two main kinds of evidence for the resurrection -
• Written records both (a) Christian accounts in The Gospels & Epistles; and (b) non Christian accounts eg Josephus, Pliny and The Qur'an
• Archaeological & topographical evidence eg inscriptions; artefacts; human remains; tombs