The Bones of Jesus Christ

In chapter eight, “Putting Darwin’s Theory to the Test”, in the book Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need To Know In Plain Language I read a section that I felt gave a exquisite example of how Christianity is testable like science. Before I get to this, I want to clarify that I am not saying that all of Christianity is testable like the scientific method. I believe there are many other ways of knowing or coming to the knowledge of truth besides empirical evidence.

In the movie The Body, Antonio Banderas plays a Jesuit priest, Father Matt Gutierrez, that has been sent to investigate an alleged finding of the bones of Christ. As the movie progresses Antonio Banderas’ character wrestles with his faith because if the claims about the bones of Christ are true then Christianity is false. He even comes to the point of suicide. Why live when one’s entire life has been spent following a false Messiah? Eventually, Father Matt finds out that the bones belong to another martyr that died in a similar fashion to Jesus. The movie may sound fascinating, or boring, but it makes an interesting point about Christianity: It is a falsifiable religion.

If the bones of Christ were to be found, which they have not, then it would prove Christianity wrong. Even the Apostle Paul mentions it in 1 Corinthians 15:14,17, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith also is vain…and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” You may be asking, “Why is this a good thing?” Many other religions make untestable claims about reality. However, Christianity makes claims about historical events that can be tested. Christianity being able to be shown false also means it can be shown true.

If you are interested in reading more about arguments for the resurrection of Christ click the links below:

Books
Case for the Resurrection by Lee Strobel
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas
Evidence for the Resurrection by Sean McDowell

Articles
The Resurrection by Greg Koukl
Evidence for the Resurrection by Josh McDowell
The Resurrection of Jesus by William Lane Craig (You may have to register to read the article, but it is free)

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2 responses to “The Bones of Jesus Christ

  1. Joseph

    I like how this argument helps bring some common ground since a person who believes in science or has a naturalist world view might believe argue that what we say is true must be proved by science. However, I was recently reading the book Tactics by Greg Koukl, and he talked about a tactic called Rhodes Scholar, which says a person must not only have credentials to speak authoritatively on something but also give good reason. He goes on to say many people who believe in the idea that it must be proved by science start their arguments by assuming. They assume there is not spiritual world or supernatural powers. Therefore, when they read about a resurrection account they can automatically rule it out because with this assumption such a supernatural phenomenon cannot happen. However, they have yet to prove that the supernatural does not exist, especially because we would have to admit if it does it is something that cannot be tested scientifically. Either way, the point it, though I love the argument above and like the common ground it creates, we can’t forget to be aware of the assumptions being made by science when it comes to the supernatural. The burden of proof is also on them, and they have yet to “prove” it doesn’t exist. What do you think?

    • reasonableanswers

      I agree. I believe it is important for anyone making a claim to have sufficient evidence for it. When one finds that they do not have the evidence, then I hope they choose to search the truth of the matter not just look for evidence that satisfies their own side. Many of the college students going off to school in a secular setting are allowing professors to tell them what is true without knowing the full evidence and then rejecting Christianity. Much of this problem could have been helped if the students would have been willing to do the hard work of understanding their worldview.

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