I once read a blogger who passionately implored people to “THINK!”  He admitted that the historical evidence for the Resurrection was very strong, perhaps even undeniable.  But, he asked: “Even with all this evidence, given everything we know about how the universe works, what’s more reasonable?  To believe a dead man came back to life, or to conclude that it’s all just some kind of mistake or misunderstanding?”   

One day, out of the blue, right in the middle of a Sophomore Religion class, one of my students raised her hand and in the sweetest way—as if she was sincerely concerned for God’s mental health!—asked: “Before creating us, was God lonely?”  Once the laughter settled down, I told her what a great question that is and launched into a brilliant exposition of the doctrine of the Trinity.  I seized the opportunity her insightful question gave me to explain how, through all eternity, God is never lonely because God is Three Persons in an intimate union of perfect love.

I love watching those real-life murder mystery shows, like Dateline and Forty Eight Hours.  But I always find myself getting sucked in, completely convinced at first that they did it, then, completely convinced they’re innocent!  Part of this is due to editing, of course.  But part of it is due to the fact that the evidence is never clear-cut.  It’s always filled with ambiguity and open to interpretation.  And this is with recent events, crimes that occurred within a few years of the show.

Even if you don’t believe it happened, imagine for a moment that Easter is true.  Imagine that Jesus actually did rise from the dead.  Imagine that, after suffering the unimaginable horror of crucifixion, Jesus really was resurrected with a glorified body.  What would that say about suffering? 

In the end, it all comes down to a simple choice: either we say to God “Thy will be done”; or God will say to us: “Thy will be done.”  Either we choose an eternity with God, or we choose to live it without Him—God doesn’t send anyone to Hell. 

The Biblical record of what Jesus said and did—the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—wasn’t written until thirty to sixty years after He lived.  During this period, these stories of Jesus’ life were passed along primarily by word of mouth.  In this form, they are known as the “oral tradition”. 

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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