Moody Adams Enemies of Jesus have tried to discount the resurrection of Jesus with three lies.
LIE ONE: Jesus never lived Gibbons said in the "Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire" the greatest testimony against Jesus Christ is that not one of his contemporaries mentioned his name. This is categorically false. Thee credible historians contradict this. Josepheus, whom Gibbons declared never mentioned Jesus, said in Book 13, Chapter 18 that Jesus lived, died, rose again, and stated he believed it. Roman Tacitus, and the Roman man of letters, Pliny the Younger, both wrote about Jesus Christ.
There are 24,000 early manuscripts which say Christ lived. The earliest was written within 25 years of His death. No work of antiquity approaches the Bible's documentary credibility, including all works we accept as historical fact. This exceeds the proof of any other historical figure who ever lived. To deny Jesus Christ lived is to deny the clear record of history.
Lie two: Jesus did not die on the cross The ridiculous, false book, the Passover Plot says Jesus just fainted, He wasn't on the cross long enough to die! Islam's Koran declares Jesus did not die on the cross.
The professional executioners would certainly know when a victim was dead. They certainly would take no chance that such a political threat survived. To be sure they thrust a spear into the area of the heart to make sure He was dead.
After death the body would be wrapped tightly with winding sheets and spices, since they could not imbalm, meaning the average citizen weighed 400-600 lbs. at burial. He could not have survived 3 days without food & water. If He had died on the cross, He could not have survived fever, gangrenes and suffocation ad then use dislocated arms, escaped the hundreds of pounds of binding, folded the grave clothes neatly, rolled away a 2 ton stone and crawled out without the Roman guards seeing Him.
Lie three: Jesus did not rise. Some suggest,"The hysterical women went to the wrong tomb." That would have been amazing. Imagine; the women went to the wrong tomb, the disciples went to the wrong tomb, Pilate went to the wrong tomb, the soldiers went to the wrong tomb! Amazing, when you consider Jesus' tomb was marked by a Roman seal and guards!
Some suggest His enemies stole His body. If so they could have easily stopped the feared preaching of the resurrection by producing the body. This would have ended the most intensive eradication effort of all time—to debunk the resurrestion. Believers were rapidly growing in number, Christian witnesses were killed, written records were burned, and psople professing belief in Christianity was executed. In A.D. 303 an edict was issued to destroy all of the world's Bibles. If Jesus’ enemies stole His body they could have easily ended Christianity by producing His body. Lie three: Jesus friends hid His bodyHow could Jesus’ friends steal His body with 16 Roman soldiers guarded the tomb. The soldiers would have risked the penalty by crucifixion if they had slept on duty, or abandoned their pose.Hundreds of witnesses said they saw Him; they talked with Him; they ate with Him; they touched Him and all this after they knew he had been buried for three days.
Jesus' brother James originally did not believe in Jesus (John 7:8). But then seeing the risen Christ he not only believed but became the pastor of a Christian church. Peter cursed vehemently and swore he did not know Jesus Christ moments before his final agony. He came crashing into Jerusalem to announce the resurrection (Acts 2:32: 3:15).John "That which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)... that your joy may be full" (I John 1:1,2,4).
"Would these disciples be torn limb from limb, imprisoned, fed to wild beast, stoned to death, and even hung up-side-down in grosteque martyrdom for a hoax? The Watergate lie did not survive, how could this one? Peter, who had cursed and swore he didn't know Jesus before the resurrection, died a bold martyr’s death after seeing the risen Lord. No wonder they said, "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty" (II Pet. 1:16).
We don’t have to live in fear caused by these lies; Jesus lived, died and rose again: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).