My husband and I recently took the teens from our church to see the movie, “The Case for Christ.” It is the story of Lee Strobel, a journalist and atheist. When his wife becomes a Christian, he is distressed and decides to use his investigative skills to disprove Christianity by attacking the resurrection. Even St. Paul agrees it is the linchpin of our faith.
“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” 1 Corinthians 15:14
After consulting with many experts in individual fields, here’s what he found:
- The Bible is a reliable source because there are many more existing copies, and earlier copies of it than any other ancient document
- Over 500 people could not have had the same delusion of seeing Jesus alive after the crucifixion–this would be more miraculous than the miracle itself!
- Medical experts agree that Jesus could not have been alive when He was taken down from the cross
- Eye witness accounts all contained the same core of the resurrection story. There were variances in secondary details –this is exactly what would be expected. Identical reports are suspect.
- Jews of that time would never have chosen women as the first witnesses; women were not allowed to be witnesses. This could only mean they were reporting the truth. If they were lying, they would have chosen men as the witnesses.
- The disciples led changed lives, and were willing to die for their faith. Who would chose to die for a lie? What would be the motive?
I would recommend this film, especially to young or newer Christians. It falls in the category of “apologetics.” (defending the faith). Lee Strobel went on to become a Pastor, writer and professor. He is the author of a number of books including “The Case For Christ” which tells his conversion story and on which the movie is based.
I’d be interested in hearing other comments on the film or book.