TO ARGUMENTS IN THE CHRISTIAN CATEGORY
Objection 1 : THE RESURRECTION
- JohnPaul Says:
December 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm What i want to know is why you dont have the possibiltiy that jesus was taken between the cross and the grave? it would be possible that a sypathizer would have switched bodies perhaps.
- Payton Says:
December 21, 2008 at 8:57 pm What I want to know is whether your Shift-key or Caps-Lock is broken. Though the possibility that Christ was taken is conceivably possible, it is implausible for several reasons:
The most damning bit of evidence against this is that Jesus of Nazareth was entombed, the rock was rolled shut, and Roman guards were placed outside the cave. No one denies this. Jesus was undeniably dead before being buried, as His heart and lung were pierced with a Roman spear and water and blood poured out. Any doctor can tell you this shows that His lungs had collapsed and He died of asphyxiation, which is a COD consistent with Roman crucifixion. This was not necessarily common knowledge. A “conspiring sympathizer” would not know what sort of liquid would pour out of a crucifixion victim if you inflicted a severe puncture wound diagonally through the chest cavity, and thus would not have been able to “make up” the story of Christ’s death. The only possible explanation for this knowledge is that the author was both telling the truth and an eyewitness or an interviewer of one.
So we’ve got a given fact here. Jesus of Nazareth was confirmed dead. Now, with this in mind, JohnPaul’s question becomes meaningless. Taking into account the fact that Jesus of Nazareth Himself (not an imitator, this is vastly improbable) appeared to HUNDREDS of people after the crucifixion, ate broiled-fish, touched and was touched, said surprising things, and slept, we can be reasonably certain that He was alive BEFORE and AFTER His crucifixion. Either the crucifixion didn’t kill Him, or He rose.
And we know the crucifixion killed Him.
Now, we know He was given an honorable burial as man of the House of David by Joseph of Arimathea, and supposedly rose three days after being entombed. He is also mentioned as only having been dead three days. Do the math. He was buried the day He died. There would only have been a small, several-hour window in which a sympathizer could steal the body. But would they just leave the body lying around? The Romans just didn’t do this, it went completely against established policy. They crucified LOADS of people, so we have a good many exmples to build off of. Given the high-profile status of Jesus, as an heir in the line of King David, the foster son of a member of the Judaean Sanhedrin, purported God Incarnate etc, the body would have been SURROUNDED by Roman guards and dignitaries from cross to cave. Once He was in the cave, two armed Roman soldiers guarded the entrance, making it impossible to remove the body then.
That having been said, we can conclude that Jesus could not have been taken or switched out between the Cross and the grave.