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Compelling & Convincing, Despite Minor Flaws,
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This review is from: The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Ressurrection (Mass Market Paperback)
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). Jesus of Nazareth made a lifestyle out of equating himself with God. In fact, he made at least 213 separate claims to deity. But the ultimate and irrefutable proof of those claims is his resurrection from the dead. Lee Strobel clearly, concisely and forcefully sets out the compelling case for Easter in this excellent paperback. What sets the Christian faith apart from all other faith systems is that their leaders are all either dead or dying, while Jesus is eternally alive. Strobel makes a strong case that Jesus really did die, was actually dead for a couple of days, and then physically rose to be seen by many. One of the most helpful points made is that Paul's claim "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:20) was made around AD 51. That's about 24 years after the first Easter, there were over 500 witnesses and most of whom were "still living" (verse 6). I think if someone denied the 1986 Chernobyl explosion ever happened there'd be plenty of witnesses still alive in 2010 to silence them!
Yet for me it contains two minor anomalies. (1) The Bible attests that every human is made in God's image. It also claims we inherited mortality from Adam, making an exception for God-incarnate by claiming he had no cause of death in him. Strobel seems to contend that Jesus was brutally tortured until he suffered cardiac arrest and died. But Jesus' death was and remains the only voluntary death in history! The words "He gave up his spirit" (Matthew 27:50) translate literally "He sent his spirit away", suggesting a deliberate act of the will. Jesus himself claimed that "No-one takes my life from me but I lay it down of my own accord" (John 10:18). (2) Strobel accurately remarks that the Jews bribed the tomb guards to say they'd fallen asleep and Jesus disciples had stolen his body during the night. But he neglects to mention that if the guards were all asleep they couldn't possibly know who'd stolen the body.
Notwithstanding these two flaws in the secondary details, The Case for Easter is a MUST READ!