April 20, 2003

Risen Indeed

If Jesus Christ is alive, then the whole of history is not what it seems to those who believe that this day is only about fuzzy bunnies, candy eggs and an perfunctory annual church visit. LeadershipU offers to carry readers back to re-examine the core of the matter, and there are no more consequential questions in history than this one.

"Easter comes and goes without impact for many who attend church more out of tradition (and to please family members) than anything else. Some remain unbelieving unless overwhelmed by evidence, like the Apostle Thomas in the painting above. Church attendance notwithstanding, are there good, solid reasons to believe the rather outlandish claims that God incarnate laid down His life willingly and was miraculously raised from the dead? There had better be! ..."

"Many have noted that Christianity stands or falls on the truthfulness of the resurrection of Christ. If true, then Christ's claims to deity and the eternal hope portrayed in the Bible are issues to be dealt with seriously. If not, nothing important would be lost in the investigation. Many have sought to disprove it, only to believe.

We offer you arguments - in the propositional, non-combative sense of the word - and evidence, musings and personal experience from the convinced side of faith in Jesus Christ. Are you open enough to entertain the plausibility of these things and willing to consider the claims that purport not only to change mortal lives, but to lead to immortality? The stakes could not be higher, so we urge you to consider deeply and carefully the claims of Easter, including those found in our Special Focus".

Easter: Myth, Hallucination, or History?
Professor Edwin M. Yamauchi
That the Easter faith in the Resurrection of Christ is the core of Christianity can hardly be denied. Whether that conviction is rooted in myth, in hallucination, or in history has often been debated.

Learning Faith From Doubting Thomas
Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
This personalized story tells of St. Thomas the Apostle - Doubting Thomas - who witnesses the resurrected, risen Jesus and, in a crisis of faith, confesses him as "My Lord and My God."

Evidence for the Resurrection
Josh McDowell
For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can't be discounted.

How to Pick Your Own God
John Gay
Picking a god is tricky business. Some Hindus say there are more than 300,000 gods. On the opposite end of the spectrum are Buddhists who say there are no deities. And the Shinto religion, found primarily in Japan, believes that gods reside in all creatures, and even in trees, soils and objects. How do you decide?

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