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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

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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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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Three Cheers for Christian America

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others

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Considering all the nations in the world and the dominating religions within those nations, Christianity is the most beneficial. When Christians are in the majority, it is good for everyone who resides there.

Christians during the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, and up to the mid-20th century contributed to much of the world’s turmoil. In recent decades, however, they have been the most accommodating, accepting, and peaceful group. I’m glad I live in a Christian nation and, given the options globally, would not have it any other way.

Best of the Best

Particularly in America, Christians today are tolerant, acknowledging the rights of others. They recognize the right of Israel to exist. They fully embrace Israel’s strategic role in the Middle East.

Too many people on the left who regard themselves as the arbiters of what is right and true, in minor and major ways have been persecuting Christians for decades. They do not want public displays of Christianity anywhere in America. Their agenda is to remove all vestiges of religion in America. They contend that America would be a better, more egalitarian nation.

Just the opposite is true. Those who want to stamp out religion in America don’t understand that our origins and 250-year history is based on Judeo-Christian principles. The cancel culture left seek to reject the U.S. Constitution out-of-hand.

We have encountered leftist groups who shatter statues and historic symbols they deem to be oppressive and part of an old regime that was illegitimate from the outset. Many of these perpetrators hide behind ski masks while regarding themselves as heroes. In reality, they are fascists, seeking to control us.

Leftist enforcers have no idea how intolerant they are and that they are no better than those they seek to diminish. In the U.S., people of all faiths are free to celebrate their faith. If one particular faith, Christianity, was predominant from inception, to today, that does not preclude other religious groups from celebrating.

Congress: Hands Off

Leftists make erroneous statements about the “separation of church and state.” The phrase simply is not contained in the Constitution or any founding document. It appeared in a letter that President Thomas Jefferson sent to a Baptist congregation in Danbury, Connecticut. His note to them was designed to reaffirm that the government would not make dictates related to the church.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, when it comes to religion, Congress must keep its hand off.

As a nonreligious person, I have nothing against seeing a religious display on public or private property. Indeed, America shorn of religious symbology would be a dismal place. The Ten Commandments on a public plaque? Fine. Christmas trees in the town square? Flip on the lights! A mosque being built in America? Why not?

As long as everyone is tolerant of other religions, such developments represent no threat to anyone. It is those who operate in secret who represent a threat, as are those who wish to vanquish the rights of others to publicly exhibit symbology.

The Option to Sing Along

When I attended grammar school, I was exposed to the annual Christmas pageant. I had the choice to skip the assembly. In each case, however, I chose to enjoy the merriment of the festivities, but not sing along. My young classmates did not require me to capitulate. Nor did I expect them to modify their festival to accommodate me. Would any aware American who moved to another country expect that country to diminish their celebrations to accommodate the newbie?

I’ve had the opportunity to visit 46 of the 50 states, and 73 countries. I have walked through hallowed halls of shrines, mosques, churches, and ashrams. While Christians are being persecuted in many countries around the world, I don’t know of a single instance today where people feel unsafe in a Christian majority country.

So, I say to you, if you are a Christian, in America, please know that large numbers of us support your right to practice your religion.

For All You Do

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others. Thank you for helping to establish a climate where non-Christians and others can feel welcome. Thank you for becoming a peaceful, tolerant religion that rightfully serves as a model for others around the globe.

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