Jesus’ Predictions of His Own Resurrection

Dr. Craig,

I appreciate the work you do a great deal and it has been personally beneficial to my faith and my ministry. I do have a question, however, concerning the 1st century Jewish expectations of resurrection. You write, and I agree that the evidence points to a Jewish belief in a general resurrection at the end of the age (John 11:24), as opposed to that of a dying and rising Messiah during their own lifetime. This would seem to work as evidence against certain theories that would deny the resurrection, such as it being a hoax, or the resurrection appearances being hallucinations, etc.

My question is about events like Jesus raising people from the dead (John 11:43-44; Matthew 9:25; Luke 7:13-15), and Jesus' predictions about His own death and resurrection (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31, etc.). Would not these event's and predictions have created an expectation in His disciples that He would die and rise again? It seems difficult to argue both that there was no expectation of a dying and rising Messiah and that Jesus vindicated His radical personal claims to be a dying and rising Messiah. Did the disciples simply ignore what He said and taught? Did they fail to understand what He meant? I am curious to hear your thoughts on these questions.

Travis

United States

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The Implications of Darwinism: "Humans are a plague of Nature."

What are the true logical implications of the Neo-Darwinian materialistic worldview?  Is it truly harmless and benign, or is there perhaps a more nefarious side to this ideology?

"The War on Humans" will be released in the winter of 2014 documents the growing tide of anti-human language and sentiment that is building and developing within the Darwinistic circles and the extreme Eco-Gaia movements all throughout the country.  If man is truly perceived as just an animal, no more valuable than a pig or monkey, why not "dethrone" them from our place of supremacy and be open to our mass elimination.

Watch this short preview, and be sure to see the film when it releases later this year....

The Danger of Trying On Atheism

A pastor decides to 'live as an atheist' for one year in the attempt to sort out anguishing questions. Dr. Craig has plenty to say about this methodology!

"I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration . . . I will do whatever I can to enter the world of atheism and live, for a year, as an atheist. It's important to make the distinction that I am not an atheist. At least not yet. I am not sure what I am. That's part of what this year is about."

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JESUS vs. Pseudo-Intellectualism - An examination of Col 2:1-10 by Pastor J.

What kind of Philosophy and Worldviews do the Scriptures warn us to beware of?  

What is the danger intellectually of certain ideas and worldviews to the Christian disciple?This is a verse-by-verse study through Colossians 2:1-10 in our current teaching series entitled "JESUS: All You Really Need".

In our current day when the philosophies of Relativism, Postmodernism, Pluralism, Materialism, and Existentialism, it is crucial that we understand God's command on this important issue and how we as followers of Christ and defenders of the faith should navigate this "intellectual battlefield" we find ourselves immersed in.

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Why Atheism FAILS Miserably!! - Part 2

Is it possible that Atheism is a logically and intellectually bankrupt system of thought?  Do you have enough "Blind Faith" to be an Atheist?

Could it be that this worldview fails metaphysically, scientifically, logically, and otherwise??  Join us as we consider this bankrupt worldview in a second installment of our mini-series "Why Atheism Fails."  You'll be surprised at the "Miracles of Atheism" that must be believed in order for this worldview to be true in describing reality.

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