What evidence do we really have that Jesus rose from the dead? Are there any outside sources that say so? I’m having a hard time believing that a dead person who was beaten so severely got up the next day and then showed himself to people. I’ll appreciate any feedback on this issue.
[quote=humble spirit]What evidence do we really have that Jesus rose from the dead? Are there any outside sources that say so?
Outside of what? Outside of his immediate circle of believers who themselves witnessed the Resurrection? If so, then Luke, Paul, and possibly Mark are such “outside sources.” Outside of Christian believers? Although there has been some scholarly controversy over the passage, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus is believed to have written:
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day (Antiquities of the Jews 18:3:3).
Since this text has a confessional orientation that would have been improbable for a non-Christian Jew, a proposed variant for “He was [the] Christ” is “He was believed to be the Christ.”
[quote=humble spirit]I’m having a hard time believing that a dead person who was beaten so severely got up the next day and then showed himself to people.
Please be careful not to confuse resuscitation, a return to consciousness, with resurrection, a return to life. Resurrection is the total transformation of the dead person to life. In Jesus’ case, as opposed to the case of Lazarus, it was also the glorification of the body that we will all experience at the end of time.
The book recommended below was written by an early-twentieth-century Anglican who originally set out to write a book to disprove the Resurrection. What he discovered in the course of writing it was the truth of this central doctrine of Christianity (cf. 1 Cor. 15:12-19).
Who Moved the Stone?** by Frank Morison