Belief in the resurrection of Jesus is difficult in the 21st century.
|Arguments against the resurrection||Arguments for the resurrection|
|Jesus did not die, he was just unconscious due to terrible pain. He woke up when he was in the tomb and escaped with the help of the disciples.||Most of the disciples died as martyrs. They would not risk torture and death for a story they had just invented.|
|The disciples stole Jesus’ dead body because they couldn’t face being wrong after they had given up everything in their lives to follow him. They made the resurrection story up.||The authorities were not able to produce the body to prove them wrong.|
|The women went to the wrong tomb, which is why it was empty.||The women watched where Joseph of Arimathea placed Jesus’ body. They would not forget what tomb he was placed in.|
|The women were so distressed and emotional that they imagined the angel.||The Roman officer checked that Jesus was dead before Pilate allowed Jesus’ body to be handed over.|