We do know from those who were eye witnesses. Also Stephen said" I see Jesus standing on the right hand of the Father. Paul was blinded by the Glory of the Risen Jesus Christ.
The fact is, if Jesus Christ had not been raised from the dead..we would all be hopelessly forever in our sin, without any hope whatsoever of eternal life or reconcilliation with God our Father. Forever lost, no matter how GOOD one may want to think themselves!
---kathr4453 on 7/7/09|
Frances, I read you answer and it was so well put. Thank you sister.
As to the answer, the resurrection cannot be proven false because it was true. Eye witnesses were present. Something that is truth can ever be proven false.
---MarkV. on 6/30/09|
Yes I believe it would cease, & christianity Will cease aft the rapture takes place. Then God will return unto His First chosen, The Jewish people.
---Lawrence on 6/28/09|
Someone would pretty much have to find a grave, and say "Here are Jesus's bones, so the resurrection couldn't have happened".
In fact, a couple of years ago, one of the American TV networks tried to pull a stunt exactly like that - they found a grave in Israel that included five coffins, three of which had the names "Jesus", "Mary", and "Joseph" on them. Of course, given how common those names were at the time, this proves precisely nothing. And a mere days after that show aired, it was thoroughly discredited.
---StrongAxe on 6/23/09|
If Jesus didnt rise from the dead, Christianity is false. There is no way to prove otherwise though.
That would be like saying that there is a possibility that the bible isnt true
---Melanie on 6/22/09|
If Christianity were proved false (and good luck with that), there would always still be some people who would still believe it. After all, there are many religions that have been proven false with great amounts of evidence, yet many of those false religions still have their own feverent adherents.
---StrongAxe on 6/22/09|
If you are one of those who define Christianity as a "religion" based on the teachings of Jesus (as many people do) you might get along without believing in the Resurrection (as many people also do).
But if your faith is in Jesus,the only Son of Almighty God, who died a substitutionary death on the cross for mankind...the Resurrection is necessary for Him to have fully conquered death.
Since Christ's time many people have tried to "prove" that He was not resurrected. They have not succeeded, nor even yet produced a convincing argument.
---Donna66 on 6/21/09|
as human beings we ,in general must prove to ourselves,or our own minds the facts about any given thing,then take a varied amount of time to make thr decision as to whether we believe or not.eyewitness testimony to the life and ministry of jesus,along with the conviction of the holy spirit has convinced me that jesus was who he said he was.Amd this has grown stronger over the past 35 years.
---tom2 on 6/22/09|
"The less pervasive Christianity becomes, the better off we become.---eric1968 on 6/17/09"
Normally I do not question another man's belief, yet I find myself compelled to question this statement. Exactly what do you mean?
As I understand "Christianity", it is "The Christian religion, founded on the life and teachings of Jesus." If that definition is accurate concerning what you have written, then I would think it should become more "pervasive", as "spread throughout all parts of" the world.
After all Jesus instructed 'His' disciples to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mar 16:15. That sounds to me, to be intentionally pervasive.
---Josef on 6/21/09|
Lacy: That's like asking "Would there be any religion if it was proven that God did not exist?" Jesus is God. He is the Creator. If He had never created or wasn't resurrected, then you wouldn't exist to ask the silly question. You are here, so Jesus has been proven to have been resurrected.
---jerry6593 on 6/20/09|
The less pervasive Christianity becomes, the better off we become.
---eric1968 on 6/17/09|
the empty tomb is a matter of historical record.The jews at the time admitted the tomb was empty.Now they did accuse the apostles of removing the body. But my question is to what end?They were persecuted and eventually died for their faith in the RISEN lord.If they did remove the body ,why would they die saying he rose from the dead?Paul also mentions some 500 people who saw jesus during the 40 days after his resurrection.YES jesus rose.
---tom2 on 6/17/09|
Steveng says Christians place truth on faith. I for one put my faith in the truth. The opposite. The Holy Spirit guides me to the truth, reveals to me what is honest and what is dishonest, and I believe in the truth. I do not say 'I believe therefore it's true.' No! I was this Christian who believed in Jesus because I was told about Him, but I set off on my own search for the truth. The Holy Spirit honoured that search by revealing the Truth to me. Now my faith is in the truth not vice versa. I think a lot of people have false Christianity based on their own ideas, thinking that their faith based on nothing will save them. In the end that faith won't stand because it is not based on the truth.
---frances008 on 5/16/09|
"Would Christianity cease to exist if the Resurrection of Jesus was proven false? "
Yes, for the reasons Wivv posted on 5/12/09.
Yet that would be an impossibility. As other have noted, it can not be proven one way or the other. However, by faith I, for one, know that it will be established upon His return.
---joseph on 5/16/09|
Proven false by whose authority? This is one of those debates that cannot be won or lost. The bible says to stay away from these types of "what if" scenarios. If you need worldly proof, the Romans were impeccable at keeping records of every event that occured - of every soldier that took guard. One the other hand, christians place the truth on faith. Like the women who touched Jesus' hem and was healed. Her faith is what healed her. If these last days are anything like Noah's days, then there aren't many christians around. If there are many christians, why do we not see miracles performed on a daily basis that were greater than Jesus? These miracles are needed to prove that God does exist as in Jesus' day.
---Steveng on 5/13/09|
Yes it's essential, but so is faith. If it were proof we had to begin with the world would have to stop and worship Christ.
We have testimonies we believe true, proving it...hmmm now that's VERY different. I can offer lots of compelling evidence, but I cannot without a doubt prove anything that happened 2000 years ago to somebody who doesn't want to believe it.
---Pharisee on 5/13/09|
There would be no Christianty if there was no Resurrection since it's necessary that there be a Resurrection for Christianity to exist.
"Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, There is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.
1 Cor 15:12-15 (HCSB)
---wivv on 5/12/09|
Would Christianity cease to exist if the Resurrection of Jesus was proven false? Why or why not? Maybe. The resurrection of Jesus is what makes Christianity stand out from all other belief systems out there. No one else can say their God was raised from the dead.
---Vicki on 5/12/09|
I was originally going to say yes, but now I say, probably not, because people are going to believe what they want to believe in. If something or someone is getting them through tough and trying times, it is harder for them to let that someone or something go, regardless of proven things.
---amand6348 on 5/12/09|
The Ressurrection of Jesus Christ happened, and there is no way it could be proven false. One day soon everybody will know Jesus Christ lives.
---Betty on 5/12/09|
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Lacy: There will never be 100% proof either for or against the resurrection so Christianity will never cease because of faith. Even if there was undisputed proof against the resurrection, the faithful would remain for many reasons too long to lay out here. In short, our experience requires a certain measure of faith now and would simply require a larger measure of faith under your scenario.
---TIMOTHY on 5/12/09|
The resurrection is something that one can't "prove" one way or the other. It is a matter of faith, not fact.
---JohnnyB on 5/12/09|
Hi, Lacy . . . I'd say there is no way it could be done. People's say-so could be lies, and whatever "proof" was produced could be rigged (there would be no way to prove it wasn't). You would have to produce proof that is by standards which people simply chose to consider to be proof, but it would be "proof" only because those *people* said so and accepted it and *wanted* to trust in themselves to judge it so. God is the One who knows if He raised Jesus from the dead. He, to my knowledge, has not notified me that He hasn't. He is my Proof. I can fool my own self, I have found out. But He resurrects me to love better than any human love I ever have had, "through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:3).
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/12/09|