|He's dead! No, he's risen! No, he's dead. Ah, now I'm not sure. Whatever.|
Watch how this happens.
Last night the media erupted with news that Osama Bin Laden has been tracked down and killed by American forces. President Obama went on national television and proclaimed that Bin Laden is dead. I believe him. Why should I believe Obama? Because no one in their right mind would declare to be true that which can easily be proven false.Then:
Now consider the case for Christ. In the months and years following the crucifixion Jesus’ disciples proclaimed that he was alive. I believe them, because, again, no one in their right mind would declare to be true that which can easily be proven false.And finally:
I am unable to deny the resurrection. To do so requires a leap of blind credulous faith that I simply cannot manage.Now, I have confidence that the report of Osama's death is accurate. My point is simply that a crappy reason for believing the report is "no one in their right mind would declare to be true that which can easily be proven false."
It is demonstrably true that people in their right minds can and will lie even if their lies can be easily uncovered. It happens all the time in homes, between buddies, in police interrogations, and everywhere else.
In any case, the proclamation for the living Jesus was never easy to prove false. Hey, I saw Elvis Presley shopping at the mall yesterday. Prove I didn't.
About as much time has passed between Elvis's death and now as had passed between Jesus's death and the earliest Gospels. Add to this the fact that we don't know the level of the Gospel reports. That is, we know they certainly ain't first-hand accounts. Are they second-hand? third-hand? embellished?
We could go on--and I have in earlier posts--but I'm not trying to engage the argument above. A cursory reading is enough even to intuit that it's nonsense.