Apostle's Creed Apologetics: Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?
Christianity is unique among all world religions because it bases its existence and legitimacy on a leader who was killed and then came back to life from the dead. This is not a peripheral Christian story that can be discarded if one disagrees with it. It is at the core of the Christian faith. As the Apostle Paul says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (1 Cor. 15:17). If Jesus Christ did not actually come back to life from the dead then there is no Christianity. And this bold claim carries a lot of weight when you understand that this is a historically verifiable event. Paul is not saying that he has chosen to believe in Jesus’s resurrection for personal reasons and that it does not really matter if Jesus rose bodily from the dead or not; or if there is supporting evidence for His resurrection or not. He is saying that this is an actual, historical event that can be corroborated. These claims are worthy of investigation.
Virtually no scholar disagrees that the man Jesus of Nazareth was killed by the Romans by crucifixion around AD 30. This statement is uncontroversial. The controversy surrounds the claims to His resurrection. Paul’s description of the testimony concerning Jesus’s resurrection is in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8: