Conspiracy theories have been around for a long time. The latest is the QAnon conspiracy which speculates that there is a group of Satan worshipping, cannibalistic paedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring, and who plotted against former U.S. president Donald Trump while he was in office. To me, it sounds way too far-fetched to believe even a word of it, but many people do believe and it’s now taken on the status of a cult. Some seriously clever people believe, it including members of the American Congress. How about the theory that the Apollo 11 moon landing didn’t happen, but was filmed in a studio on earth? There are probably only four men left on earth who visited the moon, supposedly, and one of them who was part of the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin, when asked to swear to the truth of the moon landing by swearing on a Bible, he chose instead to punch the reporter in the face for daring to ask such an impertinent question.
Conspiracies surround the resurrection of Jesus, an event that took place three days after his death. I understand why people find it hard to believe, of course I do, but if it’s so unbelievable why have billions of people believed it to be true, and why are people losing their lives, even today, because they will not deny that Jesus is the Son of God who rose from the dead as he said he would. Many people have set out to disprove the resurrection, sifting through the evidence for and against. One such man is Lee Strobel, an American investigative journalist who had no interest in the Christian faith and set out to disprove it. He realised that Christianity falls apart if the resurrection could be proven false, so that was his target. His premise was right, of course. It actually says in the Bible, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.” (1) After thorough research Strobel concluded that the resurrection really happened and he is today a well known Christian author. There is also Frank Morison who set out to analyse the Biblical sources and to write a short paper entitled Jesus – the Last Phase, to demonstrate the apparent myth of the resurrection. He became convinced that the resurrection is true and instead wrote a famous book, Who Moved The Stone, outlining the evidence. These two men are not alone in coming to Christ having once rejected him. There are many, many more.
What are these conspiracy theories about the resurrection? I only really have space to share the one with you. This says that Jesus didn’t actually die, he just swooned and then recovered in the cool of the tomb. However, we have a centurion and soldiers, trained killers, who all believed Jesus was dead. We have the Jewish religious leaders going off to enjoy the Passover believing he was dead. We have physical evidence that he died. “Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” (2)
There is a medical term for the blood and water. Retired cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Antony de Bono, wrote, “Jesus had a haemothorax, which in the stillness of the dead body, had separated out as they do into two layers: the heavier red cells below and the light watery plasma above. The haemothorax was the result of the savage flagellation. The withdrawal of the spear would have been followed first by the red cells (blood), then by the lighter plasma (water). Technically, the process for draining the chest is known as a thoracocentesis.” So what we see happening at the cross is conclusive evidence that Jesus died and it’s ridiculous to suggest he swooned.
I’m happy to discuss further conspiracies with anyone who wishes to. Just make contact via our social media outlets and I’ll get back to you. In the meantime, let me explain why the resurrection of Jesus is so important. If he is dead then faith is futile, we’ve already seen that, but if he is alive then he must indeed be the Son of God. If he’s alive then he must have power over death and no one has that except God himself. Friend, Jesus is alive today and he wants to be your Saviour. Open your life to him and let him in.
- 1 Corinthians 15:17
- John 19:31-34