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Easter; Fact or Fiction? (5 of 8)
Series: Faith: Where's Yours?
Nobody saw Timothy McVeigh take the 200 pounds of fertilizer and load it into his truck. Nobody saw him approach Oklahoma City and head towards the federal building. No one saw him park the truck. And no one saw him set the timer. No one was there when he quickly walked away from the truck on April 19th, 1995 when that bomb exploded killing 168 men, women, and children. No video recorded it. No tape recorders picked it up. And nobody could say they saw him on the scene. Yet a jury of men and women found him guilty beyond reasonable doubt and a judge sentenced him to die by lethal injection…ALL based on circumstantial evidence.
Circumstantial evidence is made up of indirect facts from which inferences are drawn that RATIONALLY can be understood. The cumulative effect of circumstantial evidence can be every bit as strong as an eye witness account. That is how the legal system of the world works and everyone accepts that as criteria for determining a basis for truth.
The Christian faith is supported by evidence. It is not about turning off your brain and merely relying on emotions; squashing reason in favor of what "feels" right. It is not about something called "blind" faith. It is about a "calculated" faith based on the preponderance of the evidence.
Hebrews 11:1 says that there is evidence and the presence of that evidence ought to lead us to the substance just as for a detective, the evidence at the crime scene leads them to the perpetrator.
So we come to the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we want to look at it to see if there is evidence. If there is evidence, that evidence should convince us.
IF Jesus Christ really did rise from the dead…it changes every life on the planet completely. Because, if he really did rise…you have to accept EVERYTHING he said. If there was no resurrection, if it is fable or fiction, you don't need to worry about ANYTHING he ...
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