Doubting Thomas gets a bad rap. Sure he is was the last person in Christ inner circle to believe that Jesus was resurrected, but the others were not exactly waiting at the tomb on Sunday morning. They were told no less than 9 times that Jesus would rise again.
If you or I made that claim everyone would think that we were nuts, but Jesus had shown them his power over and over again. He had resurrected Jairus’s daughter
(Luke 8:41-42) and Luke 8:49-55) He also resurrected Lazarus in John 11:11-45 and many other miracles. He had some pretty impressive credentials, yet they were all shocked when he did what he said he would. When Jesus appeared to 10 apostles they thought that he was a ghost, Jesus had to let them examine his body, and let them watch him eat to prove he was alive! Luke 24:36-43
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According to Ehrman, the gospels don’t just have minor variations but are “hopelessly contradictory.” But is Bart’s verdict on the gospels warranted? First of all, how do we define a contradiction? A real contradiction would occur when two claims contradict each other when one of them must be false, and the other true. For example, the Quran says that Jesus was not really crucified. The four gospels say otherwise, and both can’t be right. The Quran and the Gospels are hopelessly contradictory. But we know that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. We have cases in history where two events have appeared to be contradictory, but those contradictions were only apparent.
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1. The law of noncontradiction: A thing, A, cannot at once be and not be (A cannot equal A and equal non-A at the same time and in the same way); they are mutually exclusive (not both). A dog cannot be a dog and be a non-dog.
2. The law of excluded middle: A thing, A, is or it is not, but not both or neither (either A or non-A), they are jointly exhaustive—one of them must be true. There is no middle ground between a dog and a non-dog.
3. The law of identity: A thing, A, is what it is (A is A). A dog is a dog.
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. He was tempted to give in to despair. (Who wouldn’t be?) But he chose instead to trust the God he knew would never abandon him. Divine irony: Two decades later his brothers came to Egypt in the midst of famine to throw themselves at the mercy of the great Vizier–only to learn he was the brother they had betrayed! Emotionally shattered and fearing for their lives, they begged him for forgiveness. And Joseph replied:
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Like Pilate, Caiaphas is a well established historical figure attested to in several historical sources. From the canonical gospels one learns that he was the “high priest that year” Christ was crucified (John 11:49), and that after being arrested Christ was taken to him (Mark 14:53, Matthew 26:57, Luke 22:54) where Caiaphas “questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching” (John 18:19). One also learns from Matthew that Caiaphas and others “plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him” (Matthew 26: 4). There is also the vivid imagery of Caiaphas, after taking offense at Christ’s reply in Matthew 26:64, tearing his clothes and accusing him of blasphemy. It is clear that Caiaphas is portrayed as a chief villain in the gospels because of his part in the plot to kill Christ.
I just checked with the world experts at the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (www.csntm.org); there are 5500 copies of the Greek New Testament, and 15,000 copies total of the various languages from before the printing press was invented.
I watch a lot of videos of soldiers coming home early from their tour of duty.
They have mother’s, wives, and children who know them well and have had video phone calls with their loved ones, yet some of them don’t seem to recognize their loved ones when they see them. Why? It is something they don’t expect to see. Our brains tend to be lazy in a way, instead of fully processing everything it sees, it just fills in the blanks for us. That tactic sometimes works, but other times it fails us.
Many of you did not notice an error in this image. Most of us have heard the sentence “I love Paris in the springtime.” So that is what most of us read, but really the word THE is in this sentence too many times. It takes us a moment or two to see it because we don’t expect to. I suspect that something similar to this happened to Mary when she was near Christ tomb. None of us expect to see a dead man walking. Her brain knew that Jesus was dead, so it took a few moments for her to realize that he was alive again.