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What Does AI Say About the Resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most important events in Christianity.

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With all of the controversy about ChatGPT and other AI resources, and with Easter coming up, I figured I would ask ChatGPT to make the case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here’s what came back…

Me: Write a 2000 word article making the case for the resurrection of Jesus

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ChatGPT:

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most important events in Christianity. It is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, and it is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions. The resurrection is also one of the most debated and contested events in human history. There are those who believe that Jesus never rose from the dead, and there are those who believe that He did. In this article, we will make the case for the resurrection of Jesus, and explore the evidence that supports this claim.

First, let us examine the historical evidence for the resurrection. The Gospels, which are the primary source for the life and teachings of Jesus, all report that He was crucified and buried in a tomb. The Gospel of Mark reports that on the morning after the Sabbath, three women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, but they found the tomb empty. An angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead. The other three Gospels, Matthew, Luke, and John, all report similar events.

Now, it is important to note that the Gospels were written by men who were followers of Jesus. They were not historians, nor were they eyewitnesses to the events they describe. However, their accounts are consistent with one another, and they are corroborated by other sources. For example, the Jewish historian Josephus, who lived in the first century, wrote about Jesus and His followers. He reported that Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, and that His followers claimed that He had risen from the dead. He also wrote that the followers of Jesus continued to exist and spread throughout the world, even after His death.

Another source that corroborates the Gospels is the letters of the apostle Paul. Paul was a contemporary of Jesus, and he was a zealous persecutor of the early Christian church. However, he had a dramatic conversion experience and became a follower of Jesus. He later became one of the most influential leaders of the early church, and he wrote several letters to the churches he founded. In his letters, Paul repeatedly refers to the resurrection of Jesus, and he claims that he himself had seen the risen Christ.

The evidence from the Gospels, Josephus, and Paul, while important, is not conclusive. Skeptics have raised a number of objections to the resurrection account. One objection is that the disciples of Jesus could have simply stolen His body and then claimed that He had risen from the dead. However, this theory is highly unlikely. First, the disciples were not expecting Jesus to rise from the dead. They had no motive to steal His body and then claim that He had risen. Second, the tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers. It is highly unlikely that a group of untrained fishermen could have overcome trained soldiers and stolen the body. Finally, if the disciples had stolen the body, the Jewish authorities would have produced it to disprove the resurrection claim.

Another objection to the resurrection is that the witnesses who claimed to have seen the risen Christ were hallucinating. However, this theory also does not hold up to scrutiny. The witnesses were not expecting to see Jesus. They were not in a heightened emotional state, and they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, the accounts of the witnesses are consistent with one another, and they are corroborated by other sources.

A third objection is that the resurrection story was simply a legend that developed over time. However, this theory also does not fit the facts. The Gospels were written within decades of the events they describe, and they were written by people who were in a position to know the truth. In addition, the early Christian church was built on the belief in the resurrection. If the resurrection were simply a legend, it is unlikely that so many people would have risked persecution and even death to spread this belief.

There is also evidence that the early Christians believed in the resurrection from the very beginning. For example, the apostle Paul, who was a contemporary of Jesus, wrote in his letter to the Corinthians that he received the belief in the resurrection from other early Christians. This suggests that the belief in the resurrection was not a later development, but was part of the original Christian message.

Another argument for the resurrection is the transformation of the disciples. Before the crucifixion, the disciples were afraid, confused, and disheartened. They had put all their hopes in Jesus, and when He was arrested and executed, they were devastated. However, after the resurrection, the disciples were transformed. They were fearless, bold, and joyful. They began to preach the message of Jesus, even in the face of persecution and death. This transformation is difficult to explain if the resurrection did not happen.

Finally, the resurrection of Jesus has profound implications for our understanding of God, humanity, and the world. The resurrection shows that God is not distant and indifferent, but is intimately involved in human history. It also shows that death is not the final word, but that there is hope beyond the grave. The resurrection also gives us a vision of a new kind of humanity, one that is not bound by sin, death, and suffering. The resurrection is the foundation of the Christian hope that one day, God will make all things new.

In conclusion, while there may be objections and challenges to the resurrection of Jesus, the evidence in favor of it is strong. The historical accounts of the Gospels, the writings of Josephus and Paul, the transformation of the disciples, and the profound implications of the resurrection all point to the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection is not just a historical event, but a powerful and transformative message of hope that continues to inspire and transform lives today. The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith, and without it, Christianity would not exist. The evidence for the resurrection is not something that can be proven beyond a doubt, but it is compelling enough to make a reasonable case for it. Ultimately, whether or not one believes in the resurrection of Jesus is a matter of faith. However, the evidence in favor of the resurrection should not be dismissed lightly, and it is something that every seeker of truth should carefully consider.

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A Nation of Unsung Heroes

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The movie, Unsung Hero, is not only a great movie. It’s a movie that captures the struggle and hard-earned survival and eventual success of millions of Americans who have had to overcome struggles to earn their own American Dream. For two centuries, Americans have been known for their resourcefulness and resilience, and we are not done yet!

We are again living in difficult and challenging times. Surveys suggest that nearly 60% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck. Their solutions to their plight won’t be coming from politicians in Washington. Their success, as always, depends on their will and resourcefulness in overcoming daily obstacles, their ability to survive on limited resources, their scrounging for work that allows them to survive another day, and help from those who care.

That common but heart-rending struggle is conveyed in an inspiring way in Unsung Hero. The film focuses on the early struggles of the Smallbone family in the early 90’s. We watch as David Smallbone’s once-thriving music business as a concert promoter in Australia falls apart. They lose their home, their car, and their life’s savings. With no opportunities in Australia, David moves the family halfway around the world to Nashville to secure the only job he could secure. After missed flights and a long and tiring journey to Tennessee, David learns that his promised job had been given to someone else.

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As their dreams fall apart, you watch as the steady faith and creativity of Helen Smallbone, played by Australian actress and mother Daisy Betts, pulls the family through one setback and challenge after another to find a way through. With six children and another on the way, every member of the family is challenged to do their part to keep them afloat. They do yard work, any work that would fill their jar of savings. They couldn’t let it be empty, and they didn’t. They kept finding a way.

They were Australians with no friends, no family, no car, sleeping on beds made out of clothes. To nurture their faith, they began attending a local church. Aware of their needs, church members found ways to help in any way they could. In a foreign country living in a city with over half-a million people, it took finding a loving faith community who cared enough to help. Watch the movie, to find out the rest of the story. Bring plenty of tissue and be ready for a few tears along the way.

America needs this movie right now. Why? Too many people are feeling hopeless in the face of growing inflation and lost jobs. They face frustrating obstacles and enormous challenges, and the answer is summed up by a quotation of Mother Teresa shared in the movie, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” Luke Smallbone, the producer of the film, acknowledged the importance of that truth, “That is really the heartbeat behind the film.” It is also the local solution that has always helped Americans find their way through-the power of family and the presence and support of their local “family of God.”

Washington may send you money, but they can’t provide the flexible and persistent support needed. It’s one’s local family, friends, and faith communities who can encourage resilience and help shape a needed recovery. Solutions come from a local community’s caring and support. It used to always be that way, and it needs to be that way again.

Our nation is full of unsung heroes who are helping their family and friends, and they are more needed than ever. If you don’t have anyone helping you, stop looking to Washinton for the help that will never come no matter who is elected President. Get involved again in your family and your community. Call your family and let them know you need help. Get back involved in your church or synagogue and let God work through them to help you get back on your feet. Investing in community is an adventure that allows you to help and be helped to the glory of God and country.

When you get involved, you most likely will not make any headlines. That is left for terrorists, violent demonstrators, and other disasters and threats out of your control. But America is strong because of millions of unsung heroes who make it all work and seldom get acknowledged. This column is dedicated to you. You deserve to be honored and applauded for all you have done and will do to keep America the country it has been and must remain. May it continue to be so in your adventure!

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Let’s Reclaim America’s Optimism Advantage

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On this New Year’s Day, America needs more than a parade and great football games; our people need renewed optimism in living our American Dream. Instead of looking for government fixes or some magical new president who will make things right, we need a kick in the pants to get busy making America work no matter what obstacles we face.

At the 1992 Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan shared what he considered the secret of his success as our President: “I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence, rather than your doubts.”

Oh, how we need leadership like that in America today. As we start this year, too many people feel powerless. Inflation may be coming down, but high fuel and food prices have taken their toll on far too many Americans. Watching the invasion on our Southern border means too many of our cities are being overwhelmed with no end in sight. We wonder if there is anything we can do but watch. The sense of despair and helplessness is contagious, but so is optimism. What attitude do you spread?

There is more than you think within your control. Every day, you make choices to make your situation better or worse. Studies of optimism find that optimism comes from a track record of overcoming obstacles. If you have had obstacles the last few years and are still making it work, pat yourself on the back. Be a proud survivor, not a victim so many seem to take pride in claiming to be.

Make each day count by starting your day doing one thing to make your situation better. Find one way to cut expenses. Find a way to increase your resources. Make a call or visit to nurture your network of colleagues and friends. Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes, both big and small. Nurture your faith realizing that God gave you gifts and give thanks every day for the blessings you have. Lest you forget, you’re blessed to live in America. People risk everything to come here, and few want to leave.

Yes, this is an election year, and it would sure be a gift to have a leader who would nurture the hope and optimism of all our citizens. So as the campaigns progresses and you listen to potential leaders vying for your support, ask yourself a few key questions:

Do they want to control your choices or ensure your freedoms?

Do they want to make you more or less dependent on government?

Do they want to increase the size of government and entitlements and the taxes needed to fund them or decrease them?

Do they want to force your children to go to public schools that don’t’ get the results your children deserve, or are they willing to give you the freedom to pick the schools your children need?

Do they disagree with their opponents and state why, or do they demean them and call them names?

Do they want to grow the size of government and its debt, or do they want to decrease both?

Do they believe in the citizens they represent, or do they convey that they are the answer to America’s future?

Do they take responsibility for their mistakes and actions or quickly deny responsibility and blame others?

No President is perfect. It’s easy to promise and a lot harder to deliver. Reagan focused on three things: an optimism based on free-enterprise innovation, smaller government, and lower taxes. He delivered on all but smaller government. As Reagan advisor Arnold Laffer confessed, “When it came to cutting welfare payments and school lunch,…it was very hard. Someone would come over and say, ‘How can you cut school lunches?’ Reagan would reply, ‘I guess you’re right; I’ll tell them not to cut that one.’”

The pressure to keep growing government is tempting and easy to understand, but it is not what America was created for. America’s form of government was designed to protect citizens from an over-controlling, over-taxing government. We need to reclaim that passion for freedom and self-reliance. Our founding citizens wanted the opportunity to pursue happiness, not happiness given to them at the expense of other taxpayers.

The election is months away. So I’m going to borrow on the optimism of Ronald Reagan to inspire us all on this first day of 2024: “I’m not taking your time…to ask you to trust me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about… It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.”

Reagan wouldn’t want us to wait for the next election. We’ve had enough of eloquent politicians who think they have all the answers. We need to believe in ourselves and get busy living our own dreams. Then, in November, let’s elect a leader who will stay out of our way and give “We the People” freedom again—freedom to fail, succeed, and thrive in our own American Dream!
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