Do miracles happen? Is there an event in which the supernatural can bend the laws of the natural world?
Ever since the Enlightenment Age (a period beginning in the early 1700’s) miracles have been drastically called into question. Furthermore, by studying the natural world we have made significant scientific advancements and contributions. We have seen the most rapid industrial advancement in human history over the past 300 years. This is a great thing by the way (l love my iPhone … seriously… it’s a problem).
But with this rapid advancement, religion, the supernatural world, and all things associated have been denigrated to little value, significance, or importance. Moderns/postmoderns have been trained to think that if you can’t see, touch, hear, smell, or taste something, it must not exist. Thus, God is out of the question.
Don’t believe me? See for yourself: https://www.barna.com/research/atheism-doubles-among-generation-z/
But what about all the evidence we have gathered for a positive resurrection case during this blog series?
We have tried to explain the historical data from a purely materialistic perspective and it’s not got us far. In fact, the resurrection is still leaving agnostic or skeptical religious scholars perplexed.
Here’s a few of the theories that have been put forth which fail to explain all of the historical data surrounding the empty tomb:
The Conspiracy Hypothesis: https://www.thesolidfaith.com/post/sherlock-takes-on-the-resurrection-story
The Apparent-Death Hypothesis: https://www.thesolidfaith.com/post/sherlock-takes-on-the-resurrection-story
The Hallucination Hypothesis: https://www.thesolidfaith.com/post/sherlock-takes-on-the-resurrection-story
The Displaced Body Hypothesis: https://www.thesolidfaith.com/post/sherlock-takes-on-the-resurrection-story
Each of these examples fails dramatically to explain the historical data surrounding this event. So why then do skeptics hold to them?
One reason: miracles have been ruled out from the start.
What if I told you that there are good reasons to believe miracles are possible? Furthermore, we have good evidence for miracles.
WAIT! I know what you may be thinking and this isn't one of those I saw someone healed or so and so died and had a vision of Heaven stories (not that those things don't happen, just that those things are limited solely to taking someones word for it).
I am talking here about a rational and even evidential case for miracles. More specifically a case for THE BIG MIRACLE: The creation of the universe.
Here are a few examples:
The Cosmological Argument for Gods existence - If Genesis 1:1 (In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth) is true then other miracles such as the resurrection are definitely possible. The cosmological argument is simply that we know that anything that begins to exist must have a cause. The universe began to exist (via the Big Bang), thus it must have a cause.
If time, space, and matter all came into being simultaneously, wouldn’t the cause necessarily be timeless, spaceless, and immaterial? God fits the criteria for a timeless, spaceless, immaterial cause of the universe.
To learn more about cosmological evidence check out a talk we had with Daniel Ray on his book Story of the Cosmos:
Teleological Evidence - This is a case made from intelligent design. The probability of life in the harsh cold universe is little to none and yet we are here. Furthermore, this universe is uniquely designed for life.
Which begs the question what better explains design? A designer or random mutations over time?
Darwinian evolution has recently revealed its own gaping holes. Furthermore, we know intelligence stems from minds.
If our DNA (which consists of a genetic code uniquely and specifically ordered by billions of characters) is ordered so perfectly wouldn’t that be evidence for a designer or a mind?
To learn more about the teleological case check out our conversation between Annie Crawford and Dr. Stephen Dilley:
These are just a few of the many positive cases for miracles.
Why does this matter?
If miracles are possible, then the resurrection is possible. Beyond that, the resurrection is seemingly the best case to explain the the wide scope of historical data. Therefore, it is with positive evidence that we make a case for the resurrection; not guesses, inferences, or superstition, but with hard facts, philosophy, archeology, and historical data. The miracle of the resurrection is not just plausible but it is the most probable explanation.