Have you ever been annoyed when arguing with Christians? Have you ever become frustrated by all the different arguments they have given you for the existence of God, feeling like you have gone nowhere and wasted time? Well, you are not alone. Christians have been frustrating atheists (and many others) ever since atheists started doing their atheist thing.
Allow me to help you in your endeavor to show Christians’ their faith is worthless. If you really want to shut the mouth of a Christian and make his entire belief system crumble down, take heart, there is only one thing you have to do: prove that the resurrection of Jesus Christ didn’t happen. If you do this, you will win. Promise.
How do I know this? Well, the apostle Paul (no small authority for Christians) writes:
If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14-19).
Do you see what I am talking about? Do you see how important the resurrection is to Christians based on their own Scriptures? If you didn’t notice, Paul just laid the entire Christian faith on one thing: the resurrection of Jesus. According to what Paul said above, if Christ has not been raised then…
- All Christian preaching is useless
- Christian faith is useless
- Christians are false witnesses about God
- Christian faith is futile
- Christians are unforgiven and left in their sins
- Those who have died in Christian hope are lost
- Those who hope in Christ are supremely pitiable since all their hope dies with them
In other words, according to Paul, if the resurrection is not true, then all of Christianity melts into a hot mess of nothingness. The cross without the empty tomb is only an execution, not a rescue. Christianity without the resurrection is pointless.
Now, before you go off searching for other plausible reasons for the empty tomb of Jesus, make sure you don’t repeat the silly arguments or your predecessors. For example, don’t do thoughtless things like arguing that there are no non-biblical accounts of the resurrection or the disciples stole the body or that they conspired and lied about it or that everyone was hallucinating or that they forgot what tomb they actually laid Jesus in or that Jesus was not dead, just mostly dead and woke back up in the tomb or other silly arguments like these. Click on those links and I think you’ll thank me for helping you not repeat such silliness.
So, hopefully this was helpful. Do some homework and study the evidences Christians give for the resurrection of Jesus (here and here are good places to start or if you don’t like reading, watch this). But don’t fret, knowing how “thoughtless” Christians are, it shouldn’t take long for you to produce a convincing case against the resurrection of their Lord. Once you are able to disprove the resurrection, you can finally shut the mouths of those annoying Bible thumpers.
Ready. Set. Go.