On witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus


I know Easter is still a long way off but that doesn’t stop us from asking questions about the resurrection. It has been claimed, by among others, apostle Paul that if Christ wasn’t resurrected, then their faith is in vain. Unfortunately it is, but that is for another time. Paul has claimed in his letters there were about 500 witnesses to the resurrection but we only have his word and no one else and as Brisancian has elucidated it eloquently in his blog, I will not belabour the point.

Celsus[ in his arguments against the Christians] asks a very interesting question.

Is it to be believed that Christ, when he was alive, openly announced to all men what he was; but when it became requisite that he should procure a strong belief of his resurrection from the dead, he should only show himself secretly to one woman and his associates?

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

22 thoughts on “On witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus

  1. Brisancian says:

    People really should read more Celsus.

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  2. aguywithoutboxers says:

    If the deity truly wanted to impress humanity, you world think the skies would have opened, a blinding light would have been visible and everyone would have been able to witness the event. The special effects alone would make the motion picture industry both jealous and proud! 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Now there we have an idea, maybe it is not too late after 2K years of waiting to try such a magic trick. Question is, will we believe the magic?

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      • Ignostic Atheist says:

        Certainly not. As stated, we will all be blinded, and without our rather integral sense, how are we to make an informed decision.

        On second thought, this is exactly the kind of crap a god would pull.

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        • makagutu says:

          I knew it.

          We will not believe it. Maybe if such things as god really do exist, they will have to use a method that does not include magic shows or tricks up their sleeves, that is, if they got sleeves!

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      • aguywithoutboxers says:

        I wouldn’t believe it but it would make one hell of a good scene! LOL! Love you, buddy!

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  3. P Bobby says:

    The puffed-up discourse of an unbelieving hoarde… Indeed, I recall that as Jesus performed miracles he often said to the effect of: “see to it that you tell no one of these things”. But don’t let that spoil your fun.

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  4. P Bobby says:

    Correct! All power to believers in the name of Yeshua.

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  5. Eric Alagan says:

    Perhaps people did see him return – but only in their dreams – which, as we know, can be so real.

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    • makagutu says:

      Well dreams can be very real, once I had a dream some one was running after me with intention to cause bodily harm, I was panting when I suddenly woke up!

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  6. shelldigger says:

    This Celsus, he got right to the quick of the matter didn’t he? 🙂 I mean really, it doesn’t take a Columbo, or a Sherlock Holmes to see the problem with this scenario. So why the hell are so many people blind to the obvious questions? You know, the ones “not to be asked”…

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