Dr. Bobby Conway
Pastor of Life Fellowship Church in Davidson
Creator of the YouTube videos, The One Minute Apologist
Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?
Following Easter Sunday, it didn't take long for people to come up with fictitious claims to debunk the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They knew that if they could cast doubt on the resurrection, Christianity would crumble. In fact, Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins (1 Corinthians 15:17)." Here are a few theories.
• Jesus’ body was stolen. This was the first proposed theory. But think about it, if Jesus’ body was really stolen, don’t you think the thieves would have brought the body to bear once the disciples were claiming, “He has risen?” They would have called their bluff. No doubt. And if the disciples stole the body, do you think they would have died martyrs’ deaths for a hoax? Of course not! Many will die for what they think to be true, but no one will die for what they know to be false.
• The people were hallucinating. Scoffers said that the witnesses who saw Jesus after his death must have been hallucinating. However, Jesus appeared on several different occasions, and on one occasion, he appeared to 500 people at once. Now in my past, in my pre-Jesus days, I understood hallucination, and I can tell you something: 500 people don’t hallucinate like that.
• Jesus Passed Out. This is known as the “swoon theory.” Popularized in the 18th century, the theory suggests that Jesus never died on the cross but merely passed out. Then once inside the tomb, he was restored to consciousness and he himself rolled the tomb stone away. But ponder this. Jesus had been severely scourged, his wrists and ankles were nailed to a cross, his head punctured by a crown of thorns, his side stabbed, and his body wrapped in 75 pounds of linen following his death. Do you think Jesus could have regained consciousness, unwrapped himself, and moved a two-ton stone out of the way, when after his beating he couldn’t even carry the cross on his own without the help of Simon of Cyrene?
Jesus is alive! Sometimes it’s just easier to believe the facts than create fiction. So, go ahead; stick your head in the tomb. You see, it’s empty and Jesus is ready to change your life. Today.
A New Weekly Faith Section
by Angie Moses
Welcome to the new Faith section of the Herald/Mooresville Weekly. While Lake Norman Publications has always covered religion, now we are adding a designated section in each weekly issue. In it we will cover events, programs and people that inspire our souls and benefit our community. We will also invite local faith leaders to write guest columns, and we will pool all the church news briefs into one spot.
Why a Faith section? According to The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2010, 69 percent of people in North Carolina say that religion is very important to them, as compared to, say, only 36 percent in Vermont. And if you flip through the 2012 Lake Norman Yellow Pages, you will find 147 churches listed and one synagogue. 147 churches and one synagogue make for a lot of faith-related news.
Let us know what’s going on in your congregation, and let us encourage one another in faith, which can, though small as a mustard seed, move mountains.
Church News Briefs
Send us announcements about your upcoming church events or any other information the community would want to know about. Announcements sent by Thursday will appear in the following issue. Please do not send newsletters, flyers, scans, or links but instead e-mail a brief blurb with the who, what, where and when to email@example.com.
Kids’ Summer Camp Listing
Are you hosting a Vacation Bible School or Children’s Camp this summer? Invite the community to it via our Kids’ Summer Camp Listing in our May 2 issue. Send us the dates, times, and themes by Thursday, April 25, to firstname.lastname@example.org.