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Description: Was Jesus actually the divine Son of the Creator distinct from any other man?
IS IT TRUE THAT JESUS CHRIST ROSE FROM THE DEAD?
Transcript of a clip taken from the talk, IS JESUS GOD’S SON? by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
No man or woman has left our earth and said they would come back when they wanted to and actually
come back and persuaded everybody that they were alive and then have disappeared off the earth
forever. No one has ever done that, but do you realize that the resurrection of Jesus is an incident
that is better substantiated and better reinforced with evidence than any other incident in our
history? I mean I am talking about history beyond 100-200 years.
There is no incident in our history that is more variously and more substantially narrated and
reported than the resurrection of Jesus. And no event has been subjected to so much questioning —
legal questioning, historical questioning, theological questioning, and geological questioning. No
event has so often been questioned, criticized and examined carefully and has come out so absolutely
untouched by it, as the resurrection of Jesus.
You know the arguments and I will not draw them out but there isn’t one that stands. If Jesus only
swooned,(and hadn’t really died) then how, bleeding from the wound in his side and from the wounds
in his hands, could he have come back into consciousness so strongly that he could appear on 13
different occasions at 13 different places, sometimes within an hour of each other even though they
were miles and miles apart? How could he have done that if he had only swooned? He could never have
If the disciples stole his body, why then did they die for a lie? If the Romans stole the body, why
didn’t they parade it through Jerusalem and say, “This man was a fraud”? Even if you examine those
twin facts of the resurrection appearances and the empty tomb, there is just no way in which you can
reject their historicity and their authenticity.
You tackle the resurrection appearances with the whole theory of hallucinations and it falls apart,
the whole theory of hallucinations falls apart. A hallucination demands that people experience it
personally themselves; it’s a subjective experience. He appeared to more than 500 people at one
time. A hallucination has to be experienced by a people who want to experience it, who are hoping it
will happen. These people said, “Listen, we have given up. We thought that he would have been the
one to redeem Israel but he is dead now and gone.” They hid themselves in the upper room. They were
so convinced that he was finished with.
None of the laws of hallucinations fit the appearances of Jesus. Loved ones, you’re bound by the
history in this book and by almost every critical theory you can produce. For its interpretation,
you’re bound to admit finally that this Jesus must have been the son of our Creator. He must have
been the son of the one who made your face and your hands. That’s the only conclusion you can come
to, if you allow your mind to work logically and to examine the evidence in detail.
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