Jesus Death Theory

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I believe that Jesus rose from the dead. I believe this because the theories that try to explain the events as told in the Gospel are easily contradicted. Certain theories explain the absence of Jesus’ body from the tomb while others explain the disciples’ sightings but all of them have discrepancies. These include: apparent death theory, theft theory, wrong tomb theory, and mental instability theory. One theory is that Jesus only appeared to be dead. It is possible that Jesus was unconscious from the pain which gave the perception that he was dead when his body was removed from the cross. If he was only unconscious then after regaining consciousness, Jesus could have let himself out from the tomb. It is difficult to prove…show more content…
A problem with this theory is that it would involve a conspiracy among the disciples and conspiracies often fail because someone breaks down and the secret gets out. There are no accounts of this occurring. Furthermore the disciples assumed naturalistic conclusions and had not expected the resurrection, therefore, they could not have stolen the body (McDowell). Mary Magdalene, upon discovering the empty tomb, said to the other disciples “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him” which sends them running for the tomb (NIV John 20:2-4). Verse nine also says “They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead” (NIV John 20:9). Had the disciples stolen the body they would have had to expect the resurrection to fake it. Also when the body is discovered missing they run to see what occurred which would have been unnecessary had they stolen the…show more content…
The disciples could possibly have had a delusion, hallucination, or illusion. A delusion is a false belief held with the conviction that it is true in spite of evidence that invalidates its truth. A hallucination is a false perception of something that is not there. An illusion is a distorted perception of something that is there (Habermas Mind Games). The most fitting occurrence would be that the disciples hallucinated seeing Jesus, however there is no science behind group hallucinations. The John Ankerberg Show hosted a debate between Antony Flew and Gary Habermas on “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” and one topic included was “group hallucinations” explaining the resurrection. Habermas disagreed saying “He’s got hallucinations for the disciples that don’t work for the half dozen reasons I gave earlier: groups don’t see hallucinations; they weren’t in the right frame of mind. You have different times, places, people, gender, doing different things” (Habermas Resurrected?). Habermas says that hallucinations are pretty rare but that they occur due to bodily deprivation or drugs, neither of which occurred with the disciples (Habermas Resurrected?). Also the fact that they supposedly touched his body does not line up. Jesus tells Thomas “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out you hand and put it into my side” (NIV John 20:27). Thomas would have been unable to touch a

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