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The Absurdity of Not Believing the Disciples Account of Jesus Resurrection

Posted by FactReal on April 8, 2012

After Jesus’ Resurrection, the disciples didn’t become rich or powerful for proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Instead they found persecution, reproach, torture, and violent deaths.  They didn’t change their story. Although the disciples had everything to gain and nothing to lose, none of them ever tried to save his own life by revealing the so-called fraud. The apostles fearlessly continued preaching the Gospel and the Resurrection. Why would they give their lives for something they supposedly knew to be false? What was their gain? How could such humble, simple men concoct and perfectly execute such a scheme?
Scottish theologian Dr. Hill in his Lectures in Divinity exposed the absurdity of not believing the disciples’ account of the Resurrection of Jesus:

[Y]ou suppose their testimony to be false…You must suppose that twelve men of mean birth, of no education, living in that humble station which placed ambitious views out of their reach and far from their thoughts, without any aid from the state, formed the noblest scheme which ever entered into the mind of man, adopted the most daring means of executing that scheme, and conducted it with such address as to conceal the imposture under the semblance of simplicity and virtue.

You must suppose that men guilty of blasphemy and falsehood, united in an attempt the best contrived, and which has in fact proved the most successful, for making the world virtuous; that they formed this singular enterprise without seeking any advantage to themselves, with an avowed contempt of loss and profit, and with the certain expectation of scorn and persecution; that although conscious of one another’s villainy, none of them ever thought of providing for his own security by disclosing the fraud, but that amidst sufferings the most grievous to flesh and blood they persevered in their conspiracy to cheat the world into piety, honesty and benevolence.

Truly, they who can swallow such suppositions have no title to object to miracles.

Painting The Martyrdoms of the Apostles by Stefan Lochner:
Left panel: The Martyrdoms of Sts. Peter, Paul, Andrew, John the Evangelist, James the Greater and Bartholomew
Right panel: The Martyrdoms of Sts. Thomas, Phillip, James the Less, Matthew, Simon, Judas and Matthias
– George Hill’s Lectures in Divinity, Vol. I, pp. 47, 48. Excerpted by William Taylor, The Miracles of Our Saviour, expounded and illustrated (1890), pages 21, 22. (Text)
– Image via Städel Museum

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Jesus’ Resurrection Proven by these Ancient Writers

Posted by FactReal on April 7, 2012

Crowning With Thorns by Caravaggio (Jesus Christ Resurrection)

Crowning With Thorns by Caravaggio

About 18 different ancient non-Christian writers provide more than 100 facts about the birth of Christ, His life, teachings, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension:

Josephus, Tacitus, Thallus, Phlegon, Pliny the Younger, Suetonius, Emperor Trajan, Emperor Hadrian, the Talmud, Lucian, Mara bar Serapion, etc.

Next are the historical facts of Jesus’ resurrection.

Jesus was crucified circa 30 A.D. His death was reported by several non-Christian writings:

Ancient sources:
▪ Josephus, Jewish historian, (Antiquities 18.3, 18.64), 1st century
▪ Tacitus (Annals 15.44), circa A.D. 115
▪ Lucian de Samosata, Greek satirist, (The Death of Peregrine, 11-13), circa mid-2nd century
▪ Mara bar Serapion (Letter to his son – currently at British Museum), late 1st-3rd century
▪ Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a), late 2nd century

Crucifixion was a common form of Roman execution

Ancient sources:
▪ Josephus (The Wars of the Jews 5.11.1, 5.6.5)
▪ M. Tullius Cicero (Against Verres 2.5.64)
▪ Cornelius Tacitus (The Annals 15.44)

Crucifixion was a torturous death
The crucified died of
▪ Exhaustion
▪ Asphyxia
▪ Dehydration
▪ Congestive heart failure
Early testimony support
▪ The Roman soldiers pronounced Jesus dead.
▪ Many people witnessed the events of which the writers of the Gospels wrote.
▪ Reported in all four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (circa 1st century).*
▪ The flowing of blood and water from the wound made by the soldier’s spear (John 19:34).*
▪ Jewish and Roman leaders and people, who witnessed the crucifixion, knew where the tomb was.
▪ The owner of the tomb was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin named Joseph of Arimathea (Mark 15:43).
Had the Gospels been false on this matter they would not have been able to withstand the swift correction and ridicule from the Jews.
Dead Christ by Champaigne (Jesus Christ Resurrection)
Jesus’ tomb was discovered to be empty just a few days later
Enemy and critics attested that the tomb was empty.

Ancient sources:
▪ Justin Martyr (Trypho 108)
▪ Tertullian (De Spectaculis 30)

No corpse produced
There is no record from Jewish, Roman, critics and other writings to attest that a body was in the tomb. The enemies of Jesus had every reason to produce a body since it would have benefited them. If any corpse had still been in the tomb, it would have been impossible for Christianity to get off the ground in Jerusalem due to the importance of the Resurrection.

Women testimony of the empty tomb
A woman’s testimony was not highly regarded in those days in Roman and Jewish cultures.

Ancient sources:
▪ Josephus (Antiquities 4.8.15)
▪ Talmud (Sotah 19a); Talmud (Rosh Hashannah 1.8); Talmud (Kiddushin 82b)
▪ Origen (Contra Celsum 2:59; 3:55)
▪ Gaius Suetonius, Roman historian, (The Twelve Caesars, Augustus 44) circa A.D. 115
▪ Luke 24:11*

Embarrassing admissions support historical claims
Even the disciples (who were Jews) thought it was nonsense what the women were saying. (Luke 24:11)
It would have been damaging to the disciples’ claim to invent the story and place women as the primary witnesses. Thus, the empty tomb account appears to be historically credible in light of the principle of embarrassment.
The disciples preached that Jesus was raised, that the tomb was empty, and that Jesus ascended.
They preached a seen and living Jesus with whom they partook food; they preached the Ascension with equal vigor.

Ancient sources:
▪ Clement, Bishop of Rome, (First Clement 42:3), A.D. 95
▪ Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, (Letter to the Philippians 9:2), A.D. 101
▪ Clement, bishop of Rome, is reputed to have personally known the disciples, according to two early church fathers, Irenaeus and Tertullian, circa 30-100
▪ Polycarp was, according to Irenaeus, taught by the apostles and knew many who had seen Christ, circa 69-155
▪ Polycarp mentions the resurrection of Jesus 5 times in his letter to the church in Philippi. (Letter to the Philippians 9:2)

Verbal tradition
The ancients relied on verbal tradition to teach others. Later on they were copied into writings which were later compiled into the New Testament. Verbal tradition before the New Testament pointed to Jesus’ original disciples saying that the risen Jesus had appeared to them.

Ancient sources:
▪ Tertullian, African church father (The Prescription Against Heretics, 32)
▪ Irenaeus, early church father (Against Heresies, 3.3.3), circa 185
▪ Irenaeus (Letter To Florinus) (preserved by 4th-century church historian, Eusebius)
▪ Tertullian (Prescription Against Heretics, 32)

Written tradition
We have written tradition that shows the disciples saying that Jesus had appeared to them after he rose from the dead.

Ancient sources:
▪ The 4 Gospels attest to the resurrection of Jesus and report the disciples’ claims that Jesus rose from the dead. The Gospels, all written within 70 years of the crucifixion, testify that Christ rose again.*
▪ Former church persecutor, Paul, claims to have known the disciples firsthand. He wrote the disciples claimed Jesus rose (1 Corinthians 15:9-11, Galatians 2:1-10).*
▪ The creed in 1 Corinthians 15 originated within 5 years of Jesus’ crucifixion. This creed says that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day and that he appeared to the disciples.*

After Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples receive strength and conviction in the face of martyrdom
The disciples were transformed from doubters who were afraid to identify with Jesus, to bold proclaimers of his death and resurrection, even being willing to die for this belief.
Caravaggio- Incredulity Of Saint Thomas (Jesus Christ Resurrection)

Incredulity of Thomas by Caravaggio

Ancient sources:
▪ Ignatius, bishop of Antioch in Syria, (Smyrn 3:2-3)
▪ Clement of Rome (1 Clement 5:2-7)
▪ Polycarp (Letter to the Philippians 9:2)
▪ Tacitus, Roman historian, (The Twelve Caesars 15.44), A.D. 109
▪ Dionysius of Corinth (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 2:25:8, 3.1), A.D. 170
▪ Tertullian (Scorpiace 15), A.D. 200
▪ Josephus (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 2:23), A.D. 95
▪ Hegesippus (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 2:23), A.D. 165-175
▪ Clement of Alexandria (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 2:23), A.D. 200
▪ Origen (Contra Celsum 2:56,77), A.D. 230-250
▪ Origen (Commentary on Genesis, volume 3
(cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 3:1)
▪ Luke (Acts 7;12)*

The skeptical Jew, James, was converted by the resurrection
▪ Early creed reports appearance to James (1 Cor. 15:7)*
▪ The Gospels (Mark, John)*

Ancient sources:
▪ Josephus (Antiquities 20:200)
▪ Hegesippus (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 2:23), A.D. 165-175
▪ Clement of Alexandria (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 2:1; 2:23), A.D. 200

Conversion of Saul of Tarsus after seeing the risen Jesus
Paul, the great persecutor of Christianity, was converted by the resurrection
(Acts 9:3-9, 17, 22; 1 Cor. 15:8, 9:1; Gal. 1:22-23).
Paul believed to have experienced a personal appearance of the risen Jesus.

Ancient sources:
▪ Clement of Rome (1 Clement 5:2-7)
▪ Polycarp (Letter to the Philippians 9:2)
▪ Tertullian (Scorpiace 15; (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 2:25:8)
▪ Origen’s commentary on Genesis, volume 3 (cited by Eusebius, first church historian, in Ecclesiastical History 3:1)

The disciples stood by their account and paid the price
Jesus Resurrection (Crucifixion Of Peter by Caravaggio)

Crucifixion of Peter by Caravaggio

Would you pay with your life for a lie? Liars make poor martyrs.

The disciples were persecuted and tortured for preaching the Resurrection of Jesus:
▪ Peter was crucified upside down.
▪ Andrew was crucified.
▪ Luke was hanged by idolatrous priests.
▪ Mark was dragged in the streets of Alexandria.
▪ Bartholomew flayed to death with a whip in Armenia.
▪ Thomas was pierced with a Brahmin sword.

These persecutions would have stopped if the disciples had quit preaching the Resurrection message and the Ascension of Jesus. Their preaching was a threat to the reputation of the Jewish leaders.

▪ The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is the cornerstone of the Christian faith.
▪ The resurrection was proclaimed in Jerusalem where the empty tomb was.
▪ The church was born and grew.

(Jesus Christ Resurrection)(Giotto-Ascension)

Ascension by Giotto

MIT’s Classic Archive: Ancient Authors and their Writings
Dr. Gene Scott: The Resurrection (PDF)
Christian Answers
Catholic Answers
Original Catholic Encyclopedia
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus
The Case for the Real Jesus
Truth in Action
Risen Indeed
▪ D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, The Da Vinci Myth vs. The Gospel Truth

* The bible is used here as reference to the Christian stories — not as a proof of the Resurrection. However, it is important to know that the bible contains writings within 70 years of Jesus. Other historic writings have a larger span than the bible between the time the original was written and the earliest copy. For example, Plato’s Tetralogies have 1,200 years interval between original and earliest copy. Aristotle’s works have 1400 years span. Homer’s Iliad, 500 years. The bible has more copies in existence of the ancient writings than any other ancient book that we regard as historic: Homer (Iliad), Plato (Tetralogies), Aristotle, Ceaser (The Gallic Wars). Copyist errors are minimal. The New Testament has 77 separate books and letters of ancient times which were later compiled into the bible. So, they serve as early testimonies from Christians.

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Resurrection of Jesus: Facts and Evidence (Video)
Ancient Writers Prove Jesus Is Not a Myth
THE REAL THANKSGIVING STORY – As Written by the Pilgrims

The Absurdity of Not Believing the Disciples Account of Jesus Resurrection
EASTER: Daily Bible Readings

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Jennifer Lopez Called Sarah Palin a B*tch in Spanish (Video)

Posted by FactReal on March 7, 2012

(Caution: Crude language ahead)
Jennifer Lopez called Sarah Palin “la cabrona” (Spanish slang for “b*tch”) in her opening monologue on Lopez Tonight aired on TBS (January 2010):

Lopez also called Palin crazy:

You know this week, Sarah Palin – la cabrona – made her first appearance as a Fox News contributor. And afterwards she said, “It was a great experience for her, because around here I’m only the 5th or 6th craziest person”.

JLO’s full monologue here. (Go to video mark: 1:51)

Another video source here.
Anti-Woman Comments by Leftists Bill Maher, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, Montel Williams, etc.
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Montel Williams to Rep. Michele Bachmann: Use the Knife to Kill Yourself
Politico & MSNBC Refer to Conservative Florida Voters as ‘Crackers’
Politico’s Vulgar Cartoon of Sarah Palin
Democrat Gov. Candidate Jerry Brown’s Camp Calls GOP Meg Whitman “Whore” (audio)
Union Leader about GOP: “Take These Sons of B*tches Out.” Obama Later: “Proud of Hoffa.”
Lefty Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Calls Senator Inhofe a ‘Prostitute’ and a ‘Call Girl’

Free speech for Sandra Fluke and other leftists but not for Rush Limbaugh?
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Millionaire Kanye West Sported $25K Chains to ‘Occupy Wall Street’ (Photo)

Posted by FactReal on October 11, 2011

Kanye West, the hip-hop impresario who travels by private jet and vacations on luxury yachts, who reportedly had his teeth replaced with sparkling diamond and gold implants, and is listed as one of the Top 20 Hip-Hop Cash Kings who has made his millions in the corporate-run music industry and other capitalistic enterprises, did a quick stroll through the anti-capitalist and anti-wealth inequality protest wearing his $25k gold chains…and gold teeth.
FoxNation reported yesterday:
Kanye West—the one with the $25,000 chains and small child-sized Horus-head-as-bling pieces—dropped into Occupy Wall Street today. He was apparently accompanied by Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, who Tweeted “kanye west is on his way to #occupywallstreet” with this photo.
‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protester Defecates on a NYPD Police Car (Photo)
‘Occupy Wall Street’ Depicts Decapitation Of Goldman Sachs CEO…but Obama got $1M from Goldman Sachs

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‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters = Leftist Tools of Obama, Unions and Democrats
Obama’s Operatives Linked to ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protests
‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protester to Kids: “Kill Your Parents” (Photo)
Where is ‘Occupy George Soros’? (Soros is the multi-billionaire hedge fund manager, currency speculator, who pushed for bank bailouts and bought politicians, and was convicted for insider-trading)
‘Occupy Atlanta’ Censures Civil Rights Icon John Lewis with Marxist Tactics (Video)
Occupy Wall Street Protester Wants College Paid For Because That’s What He Wants (Video)

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IS WATERBOARDING TORTURE? CNN Amanpour vs. Marc Thiessen

Posted by FactReal on January 25, 2010

Author confronts those pushing false comparisons between the CIA and the torturers of murderous regimes.
Marc Thiessen, author of Courting Disaster, lectured CNN’s Amanpour how the CIA interrogation techniques DO NOT resemble the tortures used by the murderous regimes as cited so often by the left to promulgate the idea that America does not have moral standing…and to weaken America.

Thiessen confronted CNN’s Amanpour for her misleading reports about the CIA’s waterboarding techniques by comparing them to the Khmer Rouge torturers in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge did not “simulate drowning” at prison S-21 – they actually drowned their victims. Only 7 of the 14,000 people who entered S-21 emerged alive.

Human Events summarizes the electric exchange of January 20, 2010:

Marc Thiessen directly challenged the CNN’s [Amanpour] with evidence that she had misled her viewers about the CIA’s waterboarding techniques…Thiessen pulled out a transcript from a 2008 CNN broadcast from the Khmer Rouge prison S-21, where Amanpour had stood before a picture of Khmer Rouge torturers drowning an innocent Cambodian in a vat of water, and declared that the CIA had done the same thing to terrorists in its custody.

Thiessen told Amanpour, “There have been so many misstatements told about the enhanced interrogation techniques, comparing them to the Spanish Inquisition and the Khmer Rouge, and I have to tell you Christiane, you are one of the people who have spread these mistruths.”

…Thiessen told her, “We did not submerge people in a box of water.”
Amanpour replied, “Excuse me a second, that is called waterboarding.” “No it’s not,” Thiessen replied.

…Thiessen pressed his point: “Christiane you are absolutely wrong. 14,000 people killed in S-21. Seven survivors …” But Amanpour cut him off, “Excuse me, you are trying to obfuscate the debate. That prison was full of images of water torture.” Thiessen responded, “Which is nothing like what the CIA did. Do you have any evidence …”

…Thiessen pressed her: “I want to answer this, because it is very important. What you said was not waterboarding but a barrel filled with water. You have no evidence whatsoever that the CIA did what you said they did.”

Thiessen writes, “In truth, what has harmed America’s moral standing in the world are the false comparisons made by those who declare that America has practiced the same techniques as the most reviled despots and dictators in human history—when in fact we have done nothing of the sort.”

How Obama has made America more vulnerable
Marc Thiessen interview with FoxNews Hannity
The CIA’s Questioning Worked
The West Coast Plot: An ‘Inconvenient Truth’
Obama Versus the CIA
Meet the Real Jack Bauers

– Marc A. Thiessen is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution
– He served in senior positions at the Pentagon and the White House from 2001 to 2009
– Former President Bush’s speechwriter
Book: Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack
Website | old Blog | Twitter | YouTube

Sister Toldjah reports:

Former senior Bush administration official Marc Thiessen has been a machine over the last couple of years when it comes to setting the record straight on CIA interrogation tactics and how the “EIT”s (Enhanced Interrogation Tactics) like waterboarding, for example, actually did stop terrorist attacks and saved lives. Fortunately for us, he’s still at it this year, both with a new book on the issue and hitting the media circuit to talk about both it and the misinformation being spread by revenge-minded Democrats and their cohorts in MSM about what did and did not happen.

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Very Barry Christmas: Killer Mao at Obama’s Whitehouse

Posted by FactReal on December 23, 2009

Guess What’s on the Obama’s White House Christmas Tree?

Via BigGovernment.com/ FoxNews:

Ornaments depicting the Chinese communist dictator Mao who killed 65 million people

Killer Mao on Obama's Christmas tree

Mao killed 65 million people. About 4 times more than Hitler!
Would it OK to have Hitler ornament in the White House?
We already know of the Obama’s administration’s attraction to Marxist killer Mao.
Marxist Mao Tse-Tung
Marxist Mao Tse-Tung killed 65 million people


Another orb shows Obama’s face on Mount Rushmore next to Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt.

Obama on Mt. Rushmore as Christmas tree ornament

The audacity of Narcissus who fell
in love with his own reflection!

It’s not like the Obamas didn’t know

Michelle and Barack Obama posed in front of the Christmas tree
with those special ornaments.
Obamas in front of Christmas Tree with Mao

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