When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was be a firefighter.  Every Saturday night, I could be found glued to the TV set, mesmerized by Emergency—for those who have no idea what I’m talking about, it was the Chicago Fire of the 70’s—dreaming what it would be like to be one.

Tell me if I’m wrong, but in this whole Kavanaugh fiasco, does anyone really want to know what happened?  Does anybody really want to know the truth?

This is a nation of second chances. 

That’s what one commentator said as Tiger Woods was about to win the PGA Tour Championship this past weekend.  The image of him walking up the course with a crowd of people following and cheering him on as he wrapped up his first victory in four years—his first victory since his sex-addiction scandal broke—was a powerful testament to the fact that this is indeed a land of second chances. 

Over the last century or so, skeptical scholars have realized the futility of trying to deny the resurrection with naturalistic arguments—like Jesus never really died but was just in a coma and revived in the cool of the tomb.  Trying to refute the empty tomb and appearances on the basis of the details contained in the Gospel accounts has hardly convinced anyone.  So instead, they’ve questioned the accounts themselves, claiming that they are later legends that don’t reflect what really happened. 

Wives be submissive to your husbands.  Slaves obey your masters.  To twenty-first century Americans, these are among the most offensive verses in the Bible.  Both are found in the same passage, Ephesians 5:21-6:9, and repeated in Colossians 3:18-4:1.

What did the disciples see?  What did they actually see when they claim Jesus appeared to them risen from the dead?

As I’ve noted in previous blogs, the majority of scholars who study the resurrection, the “experts”, agree that Jesus’ tomb was empty and that the disciples sincerely believed—enough to die for this belief—that Jesus appeared to them. 

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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