Jesus Christ Archive

Do Believers receive resurrected bodies when they die or when Christ returns?

This is a question I encountered frequently after the death of my father. Family members and friends wanted to know whether my dad had become a disembodied soul or whether he had received his resurrection body the moment he died. Dr. Norman L. Geisler, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, points out that those teaching that […]

The F-E-A-T that Demonstrates the FACT of Resurrection

This article first appeared in the Volume 21 / Number 3 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org When they had crucified him, above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Those […]

I Believe…In the Resurrection of the Flesh

Down through the centuries orthodox Christians have always confessed with the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe…in the resurrection of the flesh.” This affirmation of faith in the believer’s resurrection is grounded in faith in Christ’s resurrection. A major purpose of the latter resurrection was to make possible the former; thus they are both of the same […]

The Resurrection: Miracle or Myth?

This article first appeared in the From the President column of the Christian Research Newsletter, volume 5, number 2 (1992). For further information go to: http://www.equip.org What was the central truth of the early apostles’ preaching? What was the stimulus to the miraculous growth of the early church? What was the energizing force which spread […]

The Search for Jesus Hoax

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 23, number 2 (2000). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS While largely ignoring credible scholarship, The Search for Jesus, Peter Jennings’s TV special, presents what might be called two extremes of fundamentalism: The Jesus Seminar on […]

Explaining Away Jesus’ Resurrection: Hallucination

This article first appeared in the Volume 23 / Number 4 / 2001 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/ SYNOPSIS A survey of over 1000 recent publications on Jesus’ resurrection reveals some intriguing trends. For example, after almost a century of […]

Jesus and the “Earliest Sources”

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Jesus was a “peasant Jewish Cynic,” who never thought of Himself as the Jewish Messiah, much less the Son of God or the Savior of the world. […]

The Jesus Seminar and the Gospel of Thomas:

Simon Peter said to them, “Make Mary leave us, for females don’t deserve life.” Jesus said, “Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the domain of Heaven.”1 A glance at the ancient […]

The “Jesus Seminar”: The Quest for the “Imaginary” Jesus

Did He or didn’t He? Did Jesus really say the things attributed Him in the Gos­pels? For members of the Jesus Seminar, in many cases the answer is no. In fact, the Seminar participants have decided that only three of the Beatitudes were actually spoken by Jesus Himself – “Blessed are you poor…you that hunger…you […]

Is Jesus Myth? Answering More Prime Time Fallacies

This article first appeared in the Practical Apologetics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 23, number 2 (2000). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org A common refrain sung by those determined to demolish the biblical Jesus in the court of public opinion is that His death, […]