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The Significance of the Resurrection (3 of 4)
Series: All Christ Has Done for Us
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
The resurrection of Christ in history has been one of the most debated aspects of the bible. Historical fact proves that there was a man named Jesus that lived on the earth 2000 years ago. The problem has been with the claims of scripture and whether their claims of Christ life and ultimately His resurrection if they are true or not.
Simon Greenleaf, a Harvard Law professor during the 1800's who wrote the book ''Rules of Evidence,'' which was the definitive book on evidentiary procedure in the courtroom at one time. This was the book that every lawyer learned how to collect and present evidence in the courtroom up until the early 1880's. Simon was known as a person who despised Christianity and Christians who would take his classes at Harvard. He would often challenge Christians in class in order to humiliate them. One day a young Christian student who had heard about this, challenged Professor Greenleaf, in class, to take the Rules of Evidence and see if the resurrection of Christ was true or not.
At first Prof. Greenleaf paid no attention to the notion. Then he started to study and discovered that according to everything he knew and had written about the Rules of Evidence that the resurrection of Christ had to be true. In fact he spent several years studying this subject and out of that study came a book called, ''The Testimony of the Evangelist.'' In it he states:
''With the relative merits of modern harmonists, and with points of controversy among theologians the writer has no concern. His business is that of a lawyer examining the testimony of witnesses by the rules of his profession, in order to ascertain whether, if they had thus testified on oath, in a court of justice, they would be entitled to credit and whether their narratives, as we now have them, would be received as ancient documents, coming from the proper custody. If ...
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