Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, continues through his four-part argument for the Resurrection—in this video the A in F-E-A-T: Appearances. In the Acts of the Apostles, Dr. Luke writes that Jesus gave the disciples “many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” One thing can be stated with iron-clad certainty. The apostles were absolutely positive that he had appeared to them in the flesh. Although two thousand years removed from the actual event, we too can be absolutely confident in Christ’s post-resurrection appearances. One of the principal reasons for this confidence is that in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Paul is reiterating a Christian creed that can be traced all the way back to the formative stages of the early Christian church—within just three to eight years of Christ’s crucifixion. As Gary Habermas has well said, “the Creed is early; free from legendary contamination, unambiguous, and indisputably rooted in eyewitness accounts.” And the matter of eyewitness accounts is of no small consequence. Peter, Paul, and the rest of the apostles claimed that Christ appeared to hundreds of people who were still alive and available for cross-examination. It would have been one thing to attribute these supernatural experiences to people who had already died. It was quite another to attribute them to multitudes who were still alive. Unable to explain away the many physical appearances of Christ, skeptics are often reduced to explaining them as merely psychological appearances of Christ. As hallucinations, hypnosis, or as hyper-suggestibility on the part of the witnesses. Hank dismantles the skeptics’ arguments.
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