DOUBTING THE RESURRECTION

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
— 1 Corinthians 15:13-17

Easter Sunday is a special celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It is not a celebration of the myth of the resurrection of Christ. Nor is it a celebration of the mere belief in the resurrection of Christ. It is a celebration of the historical FACT of the resurrection of Christ. Jesus was a real historical figure that died on the cross and rose from the dead. This is central to the Christian faith. Paul tells us that if Christ is not raised from the dead, our faith is in vain.

Christianity is worthless if Christ did not rise. The Corinthians had trouble believing in the resurrection of the dead because of certain assumptions they shared as a culture. Most likely it was the belief that physical matter was evil. On this assumption it would make no sense to believe that Jesus and the rest of believers would be resurrected. Why would God place us back in these evil bodies? Though we may not share this belief as a modern culture, our culture does share an assumption that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to believe in the resurrection.

That is the assumption of naturalism. Naturalism is the idea that everything in the universe operates according to inviolable natural laws. These laws tell us, by repeated observation, that dead people stay dead. In light of this, many have interpreted the resurrection accounts of the Bible as something other than historical. Yet Paul tells us that if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

It is important for us to recognize that these doubts concerning the resurrection are not based upon “science” or “logic” or “reason.” They are based upon philosophical prejudice. That is the prejudice of naturalism. Science, logic and reason has not demonstrated that naturalism is true. In fact there have been powerful arguments demonstrating that naturalism is false. Since this is the case, what reason do we have to doubt the resurrection? There is no good reason to do this. And there is every reason to believe it. In doing so you will be forgiven for all your sins and God will raise your body on the last day of world history.

To hear a compelling case for the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, please view this video:

Gary Habermas makes a case for the fact of the resurrection.