Empty is good
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Welcome to the FAQ for module 10—empty is good. The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
Q 1. Why is the resurrection so important?
The resurrection is important because if it occurred, then it changes everything. In short, it would prove that:
- Jesus is God
- Jesus is the Messiah
- Everything Jesus said is true
- Jesus has defeated Satan and will eventually destroy him
- Jesus has defeated death and will eventually destroy it
- Those connected to Jesus by faith will be resurrected
- Jesus has completely paid for sin
- Jesus will judge the world.
Q 2. Does someone have to believe in the resurrection to be a Christian?
Q 3. Did the resurrection really happen?
Q 4. What is the basic case for the resurrection?
The evidence is simple and straightforward. There are two key points as well as an additional confirming point:
- The empty tomb
- The appearances of Jesus after his tomb was found empty
- Secondary evidence (the transformation of the disciples).
Q 5. Is it unscientific to believe in the resurrection of Jesus?
No. Let’s remember three things:
- Only some scientists argue against the resurrection of Jesus. There are equally capable scientists who argue for his resurrection.
- The resurrection is a matter for historical investigation—not scientific investigation. The resurrection cannot be proved or disproved scientifically (see the discussion below).
- There is so much at stake if the resurrection of Jesus is true. This is what drives a lot of ‘scientific opposition’ to the resurrection of Jesus (see Q 13 below).
Q 7. Can the resurrection be explained by saying the disciples went to the wrong tomb? (Could there be an alternative, more ordinary explanation for the resurrection?)
Q 8. Could the disciples simply have been hallucinating and actually never have seen a physically resurrected Jesus? (Could there be an alternative, more ordinary explanation for the resurrection?)
Q 9. Can the resurrection be explained by saying the disciples actually had seen a ghost? (Could there be an alternative, more ordinary explanation for the resurrection?)
Q 10. Can the resurrection be explained by saying Jesus wasn’t actually dead?
Q 11. Can the resurrection be explained by arguing the disciples stole Jesus’ body to ‘stage’ the resurrection?
Q 12. Could the Jewish/Roman authorities have collaborated and removed Jesus’ body and buried it somewhere else?
Q 13. Why are there so many theories which attempt to disprove the resurrection?
The resurrection is under constant attack because Christianity stands or falls with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Q: Can the weather presenter predict the future? Part 3
In the previous module, we looked at some prophecies (predictions) that the Bible made about Jesus the Messiah’s suffering and death. In this module, we look at some prophecies about his resurrection.