I recently spoke with a guy who told me that he only believes in that which can be tested. “If you cannot test the truth of something, then how can you believe it to be true?” he said. Now, this individual was not a Christian and he studies science in university. His conclusion, then, was that he would never be a Christian because there was no test to prove the truth of Christianity.
This begged the question in my mind: Is Christianity Testable?
It was apparent by this conversation, and many others, that many people do not realize that the Bible itself has given us a test by which we may see if Christianity is objectively true (as opposed to subjectively true). We find this test in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 written by the Apostle Paul. Here’s what he 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.
The test: If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then Christianity is false.
Confidence to Pass the Test
Paul is so certain in the resurrection of Jesus that he is willing to say that we are to be pitied if Christ is dead & our faith in Him would be futile. If Christ is dead, Christianity is dead.
If you’re a non-Christian and trying to disprove Christianity, you’d be wasting your time with all the other issues. The test is simple: Take out the resurrection of Jesus and you take out the very pillar on which Christianity stands. In order to take out the rug from beneath the feet of Christianity, you must prove that Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead.
The reason I can say this with confidence and believe Christianity with confidence is because I believe so strongly that Jesus Christ did, in fact, rise from the dead. The point of this post is not to give evidence for the resurrection; rather, it is to show that the resurrection is the test by which we prove Christianity true or false.
On the other hand, if Jesus has truly risen from the dead, then that means His claims of being God are true; thus, Christianity would be true.
Resources for Evidences of the Resurrection
I do believe that it is reasonable to believe that Jesus Christ from the dead; therefore, I believe it is reasonable to believe that Christianity is true. The following resources helped me in coming to this conclusion. Maybe they will help you too.
Article & Videos:
Historical Evidence for the Resurrection – Desiring God
There Are No Non-Biblical Accounts of the Resurrection – CARM
Why Should I Believe in the Resurrection? – STR
False Theories Against the Resurrection – Bible.org
Resurrection Resources – Cold Case Christianity
Resurrection Resources – Please Convince Me
Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection? – William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman
Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead (Video) – William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman
Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead (Video) – William Lane Craig vs. Shabir Ally
The Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection (Video) – William Lane Craig
Evidence for the Resurrection (Audio & Video) – Josh McDowell
The Resurrection Argument that Changed a Generation of Scholars (Video) – Gary Habermas
The Minimal Facts Approach to the Resurrection (Video) – Gary Habermas
Challenge: We Can’t Know Jesus Rose from the Dead (Video) – STR
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Gary Habermas & Michael Licona
The Son Rises: Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus – William Lane Craig
The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God) – N.T. Wright
The Case for the Resurrection – Lee Strobel
The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection – Lee Strobel
– Tyson Bradley