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.
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And yet is ilk still want to be called “Christian.” All they are is a blight on the Church, and “useful idiots” for the Left.
“Believers have argued those questions for a very long time and come to no agreement.”
I am stunned when I hear this kind of reasoning. I’ve heard it from unbelievers, “sort-of” believers like these “liberal Christian” types, and even genuine Christians. I’ve heard it on whether or not Christianity is true, the Bible is true, or the fine points of Reformed theology are true. But the logic eludes me. The argument says that we cannot know anything or accept the truth of anything unless everyone agrees. Given the biblical fact that the Church will have “wheat and tares” (Matt 13:25-30), that antichrists will come out of the church (1 John 2:18-19), that humans have deceitful and wicked hearts (Jer 17:9), and that the world is blinded by the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4), why would anyone expect total agreement on anything having to do with Scripture? And given the plain fact that we are all different with different understanding, different comprehension, and different biases–noting, for instance, that even Science can’t achieve total agreement–why would anyone think such a standard was reasonable?
Conversely, given Jesus’s promise that His Spirit would lead His disciples into all truth (John 16:13), it is certainly understandable that those without the Spirit would not arrive at the truth. We can look for a common thread of agreement in the followers of Christ to see what is true or not without requiring complete agreement. That they have not come to complete agreement is no argument to say that there is no truth or that it cannot be known.
So many holes in so many arguments.
I am so amazed that people who call themselves Christians would question the Resurrection given the certainty that “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” (1 Cor 15:14)
14 “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You have sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. 20 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word,”…John 17:14-20
13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-15
Whoever argues with God’s word is calling Him a liar and proves they do not belong to Christ, but they are of the world. Acceptance of the Word of God, the Bible, is a hallmark of a genuine believer. Knowing and understanding His truth is the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Uniformity of belief in the truth is wrought by the Word of God in the hearts of His children. God’s truth is objective and knowable, those who argue against this are stating that God stammers and isn’t clear in what He says. The truth is, they don’t know the Word of God as they should because they don’t study the Bible, but prefer the teachings of man to God’s Holy Scriptures. In the teachings of man there is darkness, half-truths, lies, and confusion. As God’s beloved children through faith in Jesus Christ we must be about His business which is knowing Him, loving Him, serving Him and loving one another. In order for us to do that we must know His Word the Bible. It alone is the repository of God’s truth and leads us to have faith in His Son Jesus Christ, rest and abide in Him, and walk by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints with His Word, which is the sword of the Spirit. God bless us.
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Isn’t that the case when we rely on God’s word and let Him do the speaking? God bless us.
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Why even stick to the name “Christian?” Reminds me of Machen’s “Christianity and Liberalism” all over again
Machen was so ahead of his time. If only the Christians would have listened – or, more accurately, if they had obeyed. They had to have known better.
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