Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Haha. I saw that on Youtube today, as a mockery of Christianity. I must say that's pretty creative of whoever came up with that. I've seen people type crucification, crucifixtion, crucifixation (that might actually be a cool portmanteau of crucifix and fixation). But I've never seen crucifiction, despite it being the exact same as crucifixion, pronunciation wise.
But thats something that several critics charge today, that the crucifixion of Jesus is fiction. That it never happened, that Jesus never existed. It's funny because although scholars question if he is God, they don't deny He existed. They accept that He taught, that He performed what the people considered miracles, and that He was crucified and died. Whether He stayed dead or rose from the dead is what divides Christians from the rest of the world. The resurrection is what Christianity hinges upon. It's so important, that in the Bible, Paul has several lines that underscore it:
1 Corinthians 15:14 "And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty"
1 Corinthians 15:17 "And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!"
1 Corinthians 15:18 "Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished."
It is the foundation on which the entire Christian belief stands. If the resurrection is proven false, then you destroy Christianity. The funny thing is, if you look back on history, no one ever denied the body went missing. Ancient Roman, Jewish and Christian sources all claimed the tomb was empty. However, it's how the tomb ended up being empty that they differ upon. Theories such as the body went missing, or Jesus never died, or the disciples stole the body have all been thoroughly abandoned.
The thing is that no one ever denied the tomb was empty. If the body was still inside, all the authorities would need to do was show the body, and disprove Christianity days after it "started".
Also notable is that women discovered the empty tomb. Back in those days, women's testimony were considered worthless, to the extent that they could not testify in Jewish courts. And yet they were the ones reported to discover the empty tomb. Getting women to witness something this important isn't what a 1st century man would want. If they wanted to lie, they would've surely had males discover the empty tomb instead. Yet it has been faithfully recorded that women discovered the empty tomb, despite the embarassment to the 1st century church.
And people in this day and age still want to call it fiction? Despite the fact that 2000 years ago nobody denied the tomb was empty?
We may disagree on how the tomb ended up being empty. But that's something you cannot deny; it was empty.
And crucifixion was what put Jesus in there in the first place. It's Good Friday.