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May 1, 2006
Faith is firm, fiction fizzles
It should be no surprise that author Dan Brown and others have put forward conspiracy theories to explain the disappearance of Jesus' body after the crucifixion. We live in a secular world that does not accept the existence of miracles, let alone that Jesus was the Son of God who died and rose again.
Those who are skeptics about Jesus' divinity and the resurrection seek a naturalistic explanation for the empty tomb. People have been devising such theories for 2,000 years; it's hardly surprising that, in this the most secular of ages, skeptics are again cooking up stories about how the Church has been engaged in a long-standing conspiracy to suppress Jesus' whereabouts after the crucifixion.
Belief in the resurrection is an act of faith. But if you do not have faith, there is still the empty tomb to contend with. The possible explanations are obvious enough.
One, Jesus was not really crucified and did not die on Calvary.
Two, Jesus did die on the cross and his followers stole the body.
Three, Jesus did die, but he "lives on" in the spirit of his followers. Take your pick and then embellish the story with fantasies about Mary Magdalene and "evidence" of conspiracies to create a best-selling novel.
Belief in the resurrection may be an act of faith, but it is eminently more reasonable than the alternatives. Consider this:
Perhaps the greatest testimony to the resurrection is that faith in Jesus has continued to transform millions of lives down through history into the world today. Christianity has had its share of scoundrels - this is not news.
What is news is that it has produced not only a myriad of great saints, but also drastically changed the lives of millions of simple people through faith in Christ.
The resurrection is not a simple fact which gives credence to Jesus' teaching and miracles. It is the tipping point of history, one which splits history in two -before Christ and the era under the power of the Holy Spirit.
Blame it on the resurrection. Christianity has not made heaven on earth. But humanity would be in dire straits if it had not been transformed by the Son of God become human, dying for our sins and rising from the dead.
Don't let the acclaim accorded the Da Vinci Code and other bogus theories discourage you. Similar false theories have popped up regularly from the time of the apostles. They have not slowed the spread of the faith and its ability to draw people to newness of life. Take heart from Gamaliel. This "undertaking" is of God and it will not be set back.
- Glen Argan
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