Resurrections in the Bible

Introduction

We hold the Bible to the highest standards because the teachings of the Bible claim to be the word of the almighty God creator of the universe.

The Bible and Christianity claim that we should accept Jesus Christ as our savior. We must accept the truth of Jesus Christ.

We should accept that the claims made about Jesus Christ are true because those claims prove who Jesus was: God, the Son of God, the Son of Man, a member of the Trinity.

If we don't accept Jesus Christ for who He claimed to be, we would burn in Hell for eternity.

As a result, Christianity is a religion of belief at gun-point.

Validating Biblical Resurrections

One category of the claims presented by the Bible is about the resurrection of the dead.

That is, the Bible relates some stories of people raising from the dead.

To consider the validity of the resurrection claims, we will review seven cases:

Elijah and the Widow's Son

The Christian religion claim that Prophet Elijah raised a widow's son from the dead.

The son of the woman became sick and the “breath left him” (Amplified Bible), or “There was no breath left in him” (NKJV, Revised Standard Version (RSV), and English Standard Version (ESV)), or “he finally stopped breathing (NIV) – I Kings 17:17.

The woman concluded that her son was dead – I Kings 17:18.

It appears that the child's lack of breathing, the mother reporting him dead, and Elijah curing him, all these events happened on the same day (maybe a few minutes), only between Elijah and the woman.

The woman reported the child dead but Elijah, as a prophet of the almighty God, did not investigate whether the child was actually dead or not. There is no indication that Elijah independently confirmed that the child was dead. He simply took the child immediately to the upper room and after he stretched himself on the child tree times (was he doing CPR?), the child started breathing again.

There is no clear determination that the child had died. No medical personnel was called. No ambulance was called. No doctor examined the child (doctors were available; check II Chronicles 16:12). If the child had died, no autopsy was made.

Elisha and the Son of a Shunammite

For his prophetic activities, Prophet Elisha used to visit a place (probably a city) named Shunem (II Kings 4:8). In that place there was a rich (but apparently barren) woman. As part of his prophetic abilities, Elisha made it possible for her to become pregnant (by her own husband) (II Kings 4:16). She became pregnant and gave birth to a son (II Kings 4:17).

One day, the child was with his father. The child got a headache (II Kings 4:19). The father sent the child to the mother (this means that for the events that follow, the father was neither with the child nor with the child's mother).

While the mother was carrying the child, it appears that the child's discomfort worsened and the mother concluded that he was dead (II Kings 4:20). She took the child to a room upstairs and laid him on a bed. She closed the door (and probably no one, including the husband, went in that room until the end of the story) Elisha was called to the rescue (for this examination, we are not interested in details about Elisha's assistant named Gehazi). Elisha went to visit the child in the room upstairs – II Kings 4:34.

Elisha literally performed CPR (mouth-to-mouth) on the child. He also stretched himself on the child, exactly like Elijah did (there is no indication that Elijah and the Elisha knew each other during the story of the widow's son). After performing CPR and mouth-to-mouth breathing a few times, the child sneezed seven times and opened his eyes – II Kings 4:34-35.

This time also, the conclusion of the child being dead was between two people only: the woman (who reported the death) and the prophet Elisha. Even the husband of the woman was never made aware that his son had died (his wife completely hid it from him from beginning to end). Christians give various justifications. Some people say that:

Nobody investigated the death (these were rich people; they probably had access to qualified medical personnel so that even if no nurse could have performed CPR, at least a doctor could have checked that the child was really dead). When the woman brought Elisha to the house, he immediately went to the upper room (he didn't enquire from other people in the house (the employees or slaves); he didn't talk to the husband). Once he was in the room with the child, he started performing CPR until the child started breathing.

Once again, no medical personnel was called. No ambulance was called. No doctor examined the child (again the absence of doctors is not an excuse with these miraculous claims; check II Chronicles 16:12). If the child had died, no autopsy was made.

Jesus and Jairus Daughter

Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:35-43, Luke 8:40-56.

During His ministry, at one time Jesus went to His city (Capernaum).

A synagogue ruler (or official) came to announce to Jesus that his daughter (12 years old according to Mark and Luke) had just died. He asked Jesus to come and raise his daughter from the dead.

Jesus went where the girl was laid.

There were other people in the room, such as musicians playing mourning music.

Jesus announced to everybody that: "The girl is not dead, but is sleeping".

Jesus asked everybody (Matthew) to get out of the room (Matthew doesn't have anyone else in the room; Mark claims that Jesus was with Peter, James, and John; Luke indicates that Jesus was with Peter, John, James, the girl's father, and the girl's mother; either these gospels are not reporting the same miracle or they are inconsistent, of course Christians will tell you anything to justify the differences instead of calling Yahweh to clarify the narratives or provide a Bible update). So Jesus was left in the room with the girl.

Once again:

Reporting the Miracle

Jesus and the Son of a Widow – Luke 7:11-15

For His ministry, Jesus travelled to different places, including to a city named Nain.

When Jesus reached Nain, He found some pallbearers on the road to bury the only son of a certain widow.

Jesus touched the bier (the object in which the body was wrapped) so that the pallbearers would stop walking.

Then Jesus commanded the body to « arise ». The man sat down and started to speak.

There are many issues with this story:/p>

Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead – John 11:1-44

In a village named Bethany lived a man named Lazarus:

Jesus was called to help:

Verifying the Lazarus Miracle:

Peter and Tabitha – Acts 9:36-42

During his ministry, Peter used to travel to different places such as Lydda and Joppa.

In Joppa, there was a rich woman named Tabitha (or Dorcas).

At one time, she became sick and was pronounced dead. She was taken to an upstairs room.

Peter was called to the rescue.

Peter went to the room upstairs where Tabitha was laid. Peter asked everybody to leave the room Just like in the stories with Elijah and Elisha, Peter was alone in the room with the dead (so who is reporting the resurrection? Luke was not in the room with Peter!).

Peter prayed. Then he asked her to arise. And she arose!

This story is not reported independently anywhere (outside the book of Acts; even Peter in I Peter and II Peter doesn't report it).

This whole story is just a Biblical claim.

Paul and Eutychus – 1 – Acts 20:7-12

For his ministry activities, Paul was traveling a lot, such as to Macedonia and Greece.

At one time, Paul went to Troas and started preaching in a room on a third floor of a building.

During the sermon:

Once again, death was reported. No investigation was made to determine whether Eutychus was actually dead or not. When Paul went downstairs and reached Eutychus, did he verify and state that Eutychus was actually dead? No!!! Paul doesn't state anywhere that he found Eutychus dead downstairs. Instead, in fact, Paul said "Do not be troubled. He is alive".

No medical personnel was called. No ambulance was called. No doctor examined Eutychus. No independent autopsy was made.

This story is not reported anywhere by a contemporary unbiased source (outside the Bible), and Paul doesn't mention it in any of his writings.

We know many cases of people falling from the 1st, the 2nd, or the 3rd floor. In many cases, they don't die. In many cases, CPR is performed on them. In some cases, they are taken to a hospital. They are reanimated and they recover. Sometimes they may or may not become handicapped.

Verification of Claims

None of the resurrections in the Bible has been verified by any objective non-biased person.

Those resurrections are not documented by any contemporary source (an unbiased non-Christian person who witnessed the events).

If we cannot verify the claims made about, or miracles reported on behalf of, Jesus Christ, then they are empty claims supported by a blind faith without proof.

Consequently, those miracles become null and void.

If those miracles cannot be verified or demonstrated, how can anything else from the Bible be trusted? (If such resurrection miracles were presented to you about another religion, would you accept them at face-value?).

If the miracles are not verified, they make Jesus Christ a fictional character.

THINK!!!