Friday, February 2, 2018

Large Scholarly Consensus Affirming The Empty Tomb

  • Introduction:
          -The empty tomb of Jesus Christ is a foundational historical aspect of Christianity because it presupposes His resurrection. If Christ had never risen bodily from the grave, then it follows that the message of the gospel was pointlessly proclaimed and defended. It would mean that we were never redeemed from the curse of sin, and thus the propitiatory work of Jesus Christ would have been rendered utterly ineffectual. It would mean that we have based the central hope of our lives on falsehood. If, however, it can be vindicated beyond any reasonable doubt that He had been resurrected in His physical body, as the four gospel testimonials so adamantly contend, then all the claims set forth by the Christian faith have been validated. What is even more, is that most reputable New Testament scholars affirm the empty tomb of Jesus Christ because the supportive historical evidence is so strong.
          -"APPROXIMATELY 75% FAVOR ONE OR MORE OF THESE ARGUMENTS FOR THE EMPTY TOMB, WHILE APPROXIMATELY 25% THINK THAT ONE OR MORE ARGUMENTS OPPOSE IT. THUS, WHILE FAR FROM BEING UNANIMOUSLY HELD BY CRITICAL SCHOLARS, IT MAY SURPRISE SOME THAT THOSE WHO EMBRACE THE EMPTY TOMB AS A HISTORICAL FACT STILL COMPRISE A FAIRLY STRONG MAJORITY."

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