When it comes to the Christian faith, there is no doctrine more important than the resurrection of Jesus. Biblical faith is not simply centered in ethical and religious teachings. Instead, it is founded on the person and work of Jesus. From a soteriological perspective, if Jesus was not raised from the dead, we as His followers are still dead in our sins (1Cor.15:7).
Here are four reasons why I think the hypothesis that God raised Jesus from the dead is the best explanation:
1. The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Explains the Post-Resurrection Appearances to the Disciples
In his recent book called The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, New Testament historian Mike Licona discusses what is called “The Historical Bedrock.” These three facts about the Historical Jesus are held by many critical scholars and historians.
The three points included as part of The Historical Bedrock are: