One of the myths people tell to try to deny the resurrection of Jesus is that his body was stolen.
Almost no scholars actually believe this, and for good reason!
The death of nearly all the apostles who would have been in on the conspiracy is one of the strongest arguments against the idea that Jesus' body was stolen from the grave.
People die for something that they believe is true all the time, that much is true. Islamic terrorists die every day for things they believe
are true. The difference with the apostles is that if they stole the body, it seems unlikely that they would then die for what they knew
was false, but instead were dying for what they knew
The apostle Paul had an experience of what he believed was the risen Jesus.
The man who was persecuting Christians suddenly began proclaiming belief in him and eventually, after countless hardships that arose directly from his conversion to Jesus, he gave up his life for the message in Rome.
This kind of faith and subsequent sacrifice is inexplicable and not really repeated elsewhere in history for something that all the martyrs knew were falsehoods. It would be one thing if this were one person's story, but this is the testimony of numerous people who claimed to see the risen Jesus and then gave their lives up for him.
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Check out these other posts on the following myths: no historical proof of Jesus' life, that it's possible to follow Jesus and check out of the Church, that Jesus taught the same thing other world religious leaders have, that Jesus is soft, easy, and accepting, that there are natural explanations for the supernatural miracle of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the idea that Jesus wants his followers to be rich, the denial of the divinity of Jesus, the myth that the Bible teaches theological truths about Jesus, but not historically reliable ones, the myth that the Bible's story about Jesus has changed over time, the fable that Jesus was never crucified, that there are other gospels than the four in the New Testament, that Jesus is a Republican, Jesus' inferiority to his Father, that Jesus' resurrection is the only resurrection, that the gospels contradict each other, that Jesus mimics the pagan myths, as well as the myth that Jesus was an only child.
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