Reader's view: Jesus’ life and resurrection are supported by facts
A letter April 8 stated that the Bible is insufficient as evidence for the resurrection. The letter made the common mistake of suggesting that the Bible has been edited and revised many times over the almost 2,000 years since it was written.
The facts paint a completely different story.
The New Testament is far and away the best-attested manuscript from antiquity. The next best is Homer’s “Illiad,” for which our earliest extant copy was scribed 500 years after the original writing. For the New Testament, that time lapse is less than 50 years. Further, we have nearly 25,000 ancient copies of the New Testament compared to fewer than 700 for the “Illiad.” With that, we can say unequivocally that we know more about Jesus Christ than any other ancient historical figure.
While the four Gospel writers chose different events of Jesus’ life to write about, they all gave a clear description of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. That leaves us only a presupposition against the supernatural upon which to reject the resurrection. This would require us to believe that the apostles, not particularly known for their courage before the resurrection, chose to suffer and die for their insistence on something they knew was a lie. Tradition holds that all of them except John were murdered for their faith. John was sent to the Isle of Patmos, where he died as a prisoner for his faith.
The facts beckon all of us to join the traditional Easter greeting, “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!”