Joseph Smith, for example, testified regarding his experience when he went called upon God to obtain a remission of his sins and learn which church he should join. The textual scholarship on the gospels, Mark’s especially (see Chapter 1), has shown the gospels were written quite close in time to the events in question. Although those details aren't consistent, the accounts could still be based on the same original story. However, as set forth in the linked-articles below, Christian apologists maintain none of the alternative explanations are rationally compelling because none of the explanations adequately explain the totality of the evidence in the historical record: Since there are good reasons to believe God exists (more>>) and, therefore, could have supernaturally raised Jesus from the dead, and since none of the proffered alternative explanations adequately explain the historically documented accounts of Jesus being seen alive by multiple eyewitnesses after he had been crucified and buried, Christian apologists maintain it is reasonable to look for an explanation that does adequately explain all of the historical evidence, including the explanation that God supernaturally raised Jesus from the dead. Halleluyah -- you serve a Risen Savior! In truth, this is the way of the mass of mankind in all ages, to be influenced by sudden fears, sudden contrition, sudden earnestness, sudden resolves, which disappear as suddenly. But though he disregards women, he can direct the reader to more than five hundred witnesses of the Resurrection. Have your group talk about some examples of each. Thinking that someone had moved the body, she ran and told Peter and an unnamed disciple what she had seen. These He restored, comforted, warned, inspired. It might have been expected, that, on our Saviour's rising again from the dead, He would have shown Himself to very great numbers of people, and especially to those who crucified Him; whereas we know from the history, that, far from this being the case, He showed Himself only to chosen witnesses, chiefly His immediate followers;  and St. Peter avows this in the text. The heathen world made much ado when the Apostles preached the Resurrection. It says that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb shortly before dawn and saw that it was open. Attempts have been made to reconcile them, but the effort necessarily involves loose interpretations and implausible arguments. Note: For more on this subject, go to Resurrection Witnesses. The two women hurry off to find the male disciples, but on the way they suddenly encounter Jesus himself. JS-H 1:16 (partial) …I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. delight thyself also in Him, and He shall give thee the desires of thy heart; commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Thus, according to this account, Mary Magdalene and another woman also named Mary were the first eyewitnesses to the resurrection. Jesus showed witnesses the scars from his crucifixion on two occasions and ate food with his disciples 3 – 4 times. 1:3 "With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,...), so that many that saw the resurrected Lord were interviewed and gave their testimony to Luke. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. Mary Magdalene saw Him on the Sunday morning following the Crucifixion (Mark 16:9; John 20:14-18). Many people doubt that Jesus would have made his first appearance to an obscure follower like Cleopas and a companion who isn't even named, especially since Luke is the only gospel that contains this story. But Mary lingered nearby and began to weep.

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