Afterthought: an idea or response that occurs to a person after an event, decision, etc. You ever done that? Sometimes the process is called 'second-guessing' or 'Monday morning quarterbacking. Sure, we all do this sometimes. One can easily become 'skilled' at the process---throughout every aspect of one's life.
One event in history has been subject to more AFTERTHOUGHTALIZING than any other occurrence: the Resurrection/Ascension story of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
What are your personal thoughts on the subject?
What do you think most people think about the topic?
How do you think the intelligentsia treats the matter?
Easter season has been over for three weeks. Has anyone thought much about the resurrection/ascension since then? Or do we conveniently back-shelf it away for another year. Just what are the people thinking? Let's do some AFTERTHOUGHTALIZING...
The Resurrection/Ascension of Jesus Christ...
Is it just a myth?
A myth is a traditional sacred story, usually featuring gods and heroes, which purports to explain a natural phenomenon or cultural practice.
Example: The Greek myth of Prometheus explains how fire was given to mankind.
Is it a legend?
A traditional story or collection of related stories popularly regarded as true but actually containg a mixture of fact and fiction.
Example: The legend of King Arthur is largely fictional, though historians say some aspects of the stories are based in historical fact.
Is it merely a fairy tale?
A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children. A fictitious, highly fanciful, far-fetched story or explanation. Most often, a "fairy tale ending" turns out to be "happy ending." These stories are either created or influenced by oral traditions: lots of good and evil, magic and luck.
Could it be a hallucination?
A false sense perception of somebody or something that is not really there. Perceptions unrelated to actual outside events; in other words, seeing or hearing things that aren't there. (note: 500+ men saw the resurrected Jesus in person; an hallucination is 'singular,' happening to one person only).
Other accounts could be considered. One must be: fact.
A fact is knowledge or information based on real occurrences. It is a truth or reality of something: the truth or actual existence of something, as opposed to the supposition of something or a belief about something. A fact is a thing known to be true, to exist or to have happened.
God has made known His truths about the Resurrection. God 'authored' the Book that gives us a comprehensive reckoning on the subject:
The apostle Paul testifying: "For what I received I passed on to you of FIRST IMPORTANCE: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried (dead-dead), that He was RAISED on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that...
He appeared to Peter...
and then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more than 500 of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are
still living (1st Centurt), though some have
fallen asleep (died).
Then He appeared to James,
then to all the apostles,
and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one
abnormally born." (on the road to Damascus).
1 Cor 15:3-8.
You have just read the powerful and penetrating narrative of a person who was personally involved with the true account.
The apostle Peter speaking to the temple audience:
"You killed the author of life, but God RAISED Him from the dead. We are WITNESSES of this..." Acts 3:15.
Peter again, "...then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified but Whom God RAISED from the dead, that this man stands before you healed." Acts 4:10.
The writer of Hebrews with a corresponding statement: "May the God of peace, Who through the blood of the eternal brought BACK from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Heb 13:20,21.
Why? Why? Why did it happen anyhow? Peter summarizes, "He (Christ) Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, SO THAT we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed."
1 Peter 2:24.
OK, you question my perception of FACTS... Faith is the mechanism that enables some to accept this account. Be it known that he who rejects this Resurrection/Ascension version, rejects it on the same basis---FAITH. So-called proofs, scientific deductions, 'evidence' set forth by those of
'impeccable' credentials---sorry, they all lay helpless at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ---the King of kings---Who at this very moment sits on the right hand of God the Father in heaven. Amen and amen. Even so, He will come back.
AFTERTHOUGHTALIZING can be very healthy.
Note: Definitions and Examples come from various internet websites.
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