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1 Thessalonians 4:14 NIV 
2018-03-30Written by Bob and Debby Gass
Theory or Truth (1)
Sometimes we'll come across people who try to disprove that Jesus' resurrection ever happened. So over the next few days, let's take a look as some of their theories. Some people say that because the Gospels were written two to three hundred years after the event, the story was either untrue or embellished. But archaeology has disproved that. We now know that the testimonies of the resurrection go back to the decade in which it took place, and that the Gospels were written by the authors they're attributed to, not to others who were writing later. Some people say that because Jesus promised He'd rise from the dead, the disciples fully expected Him to, and so they experienced hallucinations or visions. But there's never been an incident where hundreds of people from different backgrounds saw the same vision at the same time. When Peter preached to the crowd on the day of Pentecost, he was only ten minutes away from the tomb. Thousands of people believed what he was saying; others heard it and didn't believe (take a look at Acts 2:14-40). It would have been a fairly easy thing to go and disprove what Peter was saying. If Jesus hadn't been raised from the dead, His body would have still been in a tomb, or hidden somewhere. All they'd have to do is find it, and Peter's account would have fallen apart. And the conspiring Sadducees would definitely have taken every opportunity to prove that Peter was wrong, and show that it was simply a hallucination, or a made-up story. But instead, we can be confident that the resurrection is true, and God kept His promise of salvation.
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