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The Resurrection

annfan_777 Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 2:57 PM
Whitebeard Wrote: 5 hours ago (9:00 AM) Annfan: I was raised by a minister and was reading Scripture before "see Spot run." I spent 20 years compiling a Gospel Harmony. Dating Yeshua's birth by what is available in the Gospels ---------------- There is nothing more irrelevant than "dating" His birth. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the subject of this column.
bgerald Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 2:49 AM
To a historian it is important. By the way it had to be sometime near April or may. Sheperds are not in the fields watching there flocks by night in Dec.
Whitebeard Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 4:10 PM
Annfan: Respectfully, I disagree with your generalization "nothing is more irrelevant." Paul wrote that there are a variety of spiritual gifts...some for ministers, some for teachers, etc. To some, recognizing a symbolic meaning in the timing of Yeshua's birth may be eyeopening, lead to greater truths, or be one step along the way to repentance. However, with respect to this column, I agree that dating Yeshua's birth is insignificant.
At the very core of Christianity is the historical authenticity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. But for His resurrection, we would not be celebrating His birth.

The Apostle Paul said, "And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain."

Christian apologist Josh McDowell spent more than 700 hours studying the subject of the resurrection and concluded that it "is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most amazing fact of history." When a university student asked him why he...