What else would Mark “Jesus is not my God” Sandlin say? Via The Resurrection is Real, But Not How You Think it Is:
“Did the Resurrection really happen? I don’t know.”
That’s why we have a precise theological term for him: Non-Christian.
As usual, Sandlin starts off telling us that things can’t be known then tells us what he knows. Indeed.
“Which Gospel account do I believe? Because they are different.”
Typical weasel words of a false teacher. Yes, the Gospels tell the same true story in different ways, but they all have Jesus rising physically. Sandlin trusts — probably rightly so — that his audience is biblically ignorant and will not read the texts themselves. Otherwise, they might believe! John 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Oh, wait, that was the Gospel of John, and Sandlin insists that the author was a blasphmeous liar — https://1eternitymatters.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/should-you-believe-the-authors-of-the-bible-or-the-christians-who-claim-the-writers-were-blasphemous-pathological-liars/
“Amazingly brilliant believers have argued those questions for a very long time and come to no agreement.”
Lie #1: Pretending that the church believed this was some sort of toss-up question. Lie #2: Some people disagree, so we can never know!
“As my theology professor, Dr. Tupper, was given to saying, “If there had been a video camera there that first Easter morning, I don’t think it would have recorded Jesus walking out of the tomb.””
One false teacher quotes the opinion of another false teacher and pretends it is irrefutable evidence. Check.
“Because no one knows – even the biblical reports of what happened are second hand stories. No one saw it. They were told about it.”
Ugh. Such bad logic. Using that reasoning we know nearly nothing about everything. The question is whether you have good reasons to trust those witnesses.
Skeptics often claim that we believe that Jesus really rose from the dead based on blind faith and that you shouldn’t trust anything you can’t prove via scientific experiments. But they haven’t thought carefully about how their own beliefs are formed. You can also ask those raising that objection whether they have created all their own test equipment and replicated every single experiment upon which they rely. Since no one has done this, you can then point out how they rely on the credibility of eye witnesses all day, every day. You can also point out how many frauds we’ve seen even in peer reviewed publications.
More here: http://wp.me/p5O8SK-6L3
“However, what I am most certain of is that there were a group of disciples who came to believe in Jesus’ resurrection – but it was not a fully-flesh-and-blood resurrection. They are careful to share their reports of Jesus “appearing” in ways flesh-and-blood particularly doesn’t “appear” — in the midst of them in locked rooms and vanishingwhen recognized.”
More distortions and more assumptions that you won’t read it for yourself. Note that he didn’t quote about how Jesus ate food with them, walked with the, talked with them, showed them his holes, etc.
“The story of the Resurrection is that endings are not final.”
Not in the way Sandlin says it. He makes up a bunch of false assertions and expects us to believe them.
The physical resurrection is the cornerstone of Christianity. Don’t believe it? Not a Christian.
Romans 10:9–10 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
1 Corinthians 15:1–5 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
Really, folks, take the time to read the Bible yourselves. You’ll find that there is no way to call yourself a Christian if you don’t affirm the resurrection, and that if it wasn’t true then nothing in the New Testament would make sense.
And go study some apologetics! https://1eternitymatters.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/evidence-for-the-resurrection-2/
Summary of the “minimal facts” approach: Nearly 100% of historical scholars from 1975 – present agree with the following statements:
1. Jesus really lived and was killed on a Roman cross.
2. Jesus’ disciples believed He appeared to them.
3. Jesus’ brother, James, went from being a pre-crucifixion skeptic to a post-crucifixion church leader.
4. The Apostle Paul believed Jesus appeared to him and he wrote most of the books attributed to him, including Romans, I & II Corinthians, Philemon and others. He converted from persecuting Christians to being the greatest evangelist ever, despite nearly constant challenges, persecution and ultimately dying for his faith.
Also, 75% of the same scholars agree that the tomb was empty.
None of the alternative theories can be true in light of these facts. The physical resurrection of Jesus best accounts for these facts.