The WORST objection to the RESURRECTION! | @Mike Licona

The WORST objection to the RESURRECTION! | @Mike Licona

The WORST objection to the RESURRECTION! | @Mike Licona

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The evidence shows that those who claimed they saw Jesus’ resurrected body were not lying or telling stories. Some will make the claim that the 500-plus who saw Him had a grand, group hallucination, but support for that is simply non-existent. Dr. Mike Licona unpacks the details of the worst objection to the resurrection in this video. Check it out!

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37 thoughts on “The WORST objection to the RESURRECTION! | @Mike Licona

  1. William Hutcheson

    You can be an atheist and believe the Resurrection. I am not and I do. Just think of it as merely another event in a universe consisting of quirky quarky events of no particular significance. I don't. I think it follows a recurring pattern in history, personal and planetary i.e. sudden change followed by slow growth. The coming of light after hours of darkness.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  2. Stormy Tube U

    What evidence is there for god's existence?

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  3. Samuel Drake

    Who Said Any Agnostic Or Atheists Believe Jesus and His Disciples Existed in The First Place…Let Alone their Preaching and Murder..
    Its all Written by Some Group Of Master Manipulative Philosophers In The Darkness to Make it their Tool To Control the World….

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  4. dave strongman

    I have a hard time taking any grown man seriously who would wear that shirt. Is that from the garanimals collection?

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  5. Peter Bassey

    It strikes me how the fine tuned universe reflects as well in how God times His dealings with mankind. Just think about it, if Christ had appeared earlier than He did, the possibility of His story being unrecorded or labeled as outright folk legend would’ve been strong; and had He appeared later than He did, the rowdiness of our times and the confusion of ideas would’ve consigned His appearance to something akin to fake news or rumour of someone with magical powers living somewhere in the Middle East.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  6. Romitsu

    Lord Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: No one comes to the Father, except through Him. Amen.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  7. Tonga Khan

    The best evidence to the resurrection of Jesus is his promise to be with his faithful disciples till the end of this system (Matthew 28:20).
    Jesus is leading his regathered true disciples in the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 during these last days prior to God bringing his war of change.
    Sadly, only a few will survive to be the New Earth of righteous humans (Matthew 7:14, Psalms 37:29).

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  8. SB

    John 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

    5 And he stooping down, [and looking in], saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

    6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

    7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

    8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

    9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  9. Hans De Mos

    Dr. Licona says; "It tells us at minimum that the disciples of Jesus, those who knew him and walked with him, were proclaiming that Jesus died, was buried, was raised, appeared to Peter, to James, to the 12, to more than 500, and to all the apostles."
    This is untrue. It tells us that someone was proclaiming these things, but it certainly does not tell us who that someone was.
    It may be likely that it was Peter, supported by James the brother of Jesus, and possibly John and James, the sons of Zebedee, but that is no more than a possibility, not a certainty at all. As none of the other disciples (or maybe one or two of them depending on which texts you think are plausibly true), that is to say the ones who "knew him and walked with him" plays any important part in the gospels at all, it is pure speculation if Dr. Licona claims that they were proclaiming anything at all.
    Finally, Paul tells us himself he only has his knowledge about Jesus from visions, so he cannot be taken as proclaiming anything with authority as to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, nor to the appearance of Jesus to anyone but himself, and in visions at that.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  10. zach tbh

    2 of the hardest topic to defend, the resurrection and the virgin birth. But I think the virgin birth is really a tough one.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  11. Quinn Narron

    Just a passing thought.. if Christianity belief is suppose to be a faith, it means that we are suppose to trust in something we cannot prove. But there is the existence of evidence that the resurrection event happened, which is strong prove that Christ is God. Would that mean that Christianity is no longer a faith since there is evidence that exist which can prove the religion is true? If anyone can explain I'll be grateful ><

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  12. David Bermudez

    1 Corinthians 15:1-8 is the earliest creed from the Apostles dated 35 AD-50 AD.

    Jesus died on 33 AD!

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  13. Stephen Randell

    Legend , lies and hallucinations unlikely ! But people coming back to life after death likely!???

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  14. James Richard Wiley

    If Yahweh can have whatever he wants
    why does he need to become a human sacrifice to get what he wants?
    The Jesus appearance was not necessary
    if you believe in Yahweh's power.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  15. Non Progredi Est Regredi

    Frank, your cosmological, teleological, and moral arguments are flawed. This has been repeatedly pointed out to you, yet you act as if they are not. Also, there is little to explain about the "five hundred"; you've got a second hand account from nearly two millennia ago by a superstitious man who was self admittedly prone to hallucinations. Also, we do not even have original copies. Gee, you can't get more reliable than that, I say sarcastically. This is just another example of how Christianity requires a poor epistemology to believe its propositions.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  16. JT

    Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5 But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you." 8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."
    Matthew 28

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  17. Paul Alex

    Question: If we can rule out lies and hallucinations (be they individual or group) for the resurrection, then would we have to accept the Fatima apparition where the sun danced in the sky and hundreds saw it?

    Genuine question, not Catholic personally and not taking any sides here, just wondering if we can apply the same criteria for belief elsewhere outside the resurrection?

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  18. Theo Skeptomai

    I have never encountered any credible evidence that substantiates the historicity of Jesus.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  19. Samuel Rodriguez

    Thank you Lord for opening the eyes of the blind and helping me to see your truth. God is truly good.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  20. Shankz

    The fact they went to their deaths for their beliefs isn’t evidence they weren’t lying it’s evidence they fervently believed what they were claiming. It’s as much proof of the resurrection as suicide bombing is proof of Islam.

    “Only 7% of those likely to experience hallucinations experience a visual one.” Where did he get that stat from? I can almost guarantee it’s not relevant to the time, place and situation. Hallucinations, including visual ones can be induced in most people quite easily.

    “Group hallucinations do not occur”. Yes, but neither do resurrections! So we have the same evidence for both. Further, we do not have several independent sources that all attest to the same thing, we have ONE source claiming Jesus appeared to a large group. This could easily be a lie or an embellishment, false memory, a single hallucination by Paul, etc. Ruling out hallucination because Paul “wasn’t grieving” is of course totally absurd. This is not the only precursor to hallucination.

    Believe in the resurrection of you will, accept Jesus as your lord if you must, but please, don’t pretend it’s the most logical and rational interpretation of the evidence.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  21. Robert A

    Romans 1:1-4 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  22. Steve Parks

    I've never heard anything relevant to deny the resurrection. No argument even comes close to getting me to doubt my faith and why should it? Once you experience the Holy Spirit in your life there is no more room for doubt. It's a done deal.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  23. Scorpion 40

    I love the old hymn that says: you ask me how I know he lives, he lives within my heart

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  24. Supreme Arc Angel(DARKLET'§ Make Light§ §IN§)

    Does the end mean death? So God is the Beginning and the end, alpha and omega. Past down to Jesus who died already, face his father faith in revelation "I'm the Beginning and the endeath"

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply

    Other religious adherents like Muslims die for their religions too. So that is no proof of anything. I don't know why they bother with saying these things. If that's the kind of evidence people use to claim faith in jesus then their evidence is no evidence and their faith is blind faith. And blind faith is fool's faith. These make up the growing ranks of EX-christians.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  26. Deep Squat Productions

    I have yet to see any extra biblical evidence regarding the 500 witnesses. No evidence that they independently testified or documented their sighting of jesus. Just a claim from Paul that some 500 some him, and Paul is obviously a biased source.

    Group hallucination being rare or shaky at best doesn't really matter. Unless you have those 500 testifying and not just a claim from paul it doesn't hold any water. Paul could've made up the 500 from whole cloth. There could've been folks who had dreams or hallucinations or drug experiences. Perhaps a small group took drugs and saw jesus, and over time the story was embellished by the time it got to Paul.

    I'm not saying any of my explanations have "more explanatory power" but you cannot claim to have 500 witnesses. You have Paul, who claims to be a witness, and pauls claim about some 500 out there. They are not the same.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  27. Incredulous Pasta

    "The disciples of Jesus, those who knew him and walked with him, were proclaiming that Jesus died, buried, was raised, appeared to Peter, to James, to the twelve, to the 500, and to all the apostles… it does away with legend"

    No, the Creed isn't attributed to the disciples who walked with Jesus. Paul doesn't say where he got it from. In fact, in Galatians, Paul goes out of his way to emphasize how little information he got from the Jerusalem apostles. Licona is making this up.

    Even if we attribute the Creed to those who actually experienced the appearances, the Creed says little about the nature of those appearances. To rule out hallucinations, dreams, vague "spiritual" sensations, "revelations" from scripture reading, and other possibilities, Licona is importing details from the gospels and elsewhere. Those details absolutely could be a part of a growing legend.

    Anyone who has been to a charismatic church knows that a wide variety of emotional group experiences, like a group worship or prayer service, could later be described in summary as the group "seeing God", like in the Creed.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  28. Rick in Texas

    It is a great time to be a Christian. Apologetics are stronger than ever. Unfortunately unbelief is on the rise because of so many external factors. But for those of us that believe it is a good time.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  29. Rashid Aquil

    Jesus was a monotheistic messiah Jew who was born from virgin Mary 12 and Jesus prayer was accepted in the garden of Gethsemane and did not go thru crucifixion and was raised to his creator
    End of all the mysteries and paganism

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  30. colinmatts

    Frank loves throwing out this crap about cosmological, ontological and teleological arguments proving we live in a theistic universe. Doesn't he know that arguments are NOT evidence? Certainly not for the Christian god. There is no evidence that 500 people saw the risen Jesus. That's a claim in one of Paul's letters. There is not one scrap of testimony that exists from anyone who ever knew Jesus, before or after he died. Also, no one knows how the disciples died. The stories of martyrdom attributed to them are church tradition, not historical facts. There are also NO extra biblical sources supporting the gospel accounts. Historians like Tacitus and Josephus were merely writing down what early Christians were saying they believed about Jesus. This is just more smoke and mirrors from brain washed apologists trying to brain wash others

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  31. James Lake- Mental Game Snooker Consultant

    Now was Frank taking notes or was he texting on messenger? 😂 they’re absolutely spot on about the gospel here

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  32. Jenna

    Had I seen the risen Messiah, I would have definitely written it down to preserve it. NONE OF THEM DID. We have ZERO eye-witness reports. We have Paul saying he had a vision, but he has ZERO corroboration. The biblical standard is two or three witnesses. People supposedly standing around Paul didn't see or hear a thing by his own admission. Paul is suspect to start with simply BECAUSE he was a contemporary of "Jesus" and would have been in Jerusalem among the religious at least three times a year for the feasts. He had every opportunity to interact with him, or at least hear from eye-witnesses who had. Never mentioned that in his letters. He always comes back to that super-special vision that ONLY he had because he was so extra special and anointed, obviously. It doesn't work that way.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  33. Cody Whitaker

    Hello Mr Turek o hope you're doing well this holiday season. I was wondering of you'd help me answer a question because I'm not certain I could ever attend seeing you at a college as I'm not a student. When Peter denies Jesus three times would that in the moment be considered apostasy?

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  34. Suffer Me Not Radio

    Some people won't believe until God says it's time, even with God coming to the world in human flesh and performing miracles didn't convince a whole lot of people to the point of them crucifying him for even suggesting such a notion..

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  35. Sierra Clark

    “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). Now is the time to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Obey His commands and repent of your sins because Jesus is coming back soon. Tomorrow isn’t promised.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  36. Devansh Royal

    Completed the book by Gary and Mike. It was a great read.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply
  37. Daniel Lee

    I don't know if you can use the fact that the apostles went to their death believing the gospel as evidence for biblical truth. As a Christian I do believe the gospel and I believe every account of the apostles but an atheist can argue that muslims also believe their religion is true and they also will go to their death believing in the koran. I am not siding with the atheists on this one, but I think all the other reasons for the truth of the gospel hold much more water than the fact that the apostles died for what they believed which is a proof that it is the truth.

    January 6, 2022 at 3:27 am Reply

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