An Easter Challenge For Christians

13211_10153368107429728_3138701977762907025_nI HAVE AN EASTER challenge for Christians. My challenge is simply this: tell me what happened on Easter. I am not asking for proof. My straightforward request is merely that Christians tell me exactly what happened on the day that their most important doctrine was born.

Believers should eagerly take up this challenge, since without the resurrection, there is no Christianity.

Paul wrote, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.” (I Corinthians 15:14-15)

The conditions of the challenge are simple and reasonable.

  1. In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21.
  2. Also read Acts 1:3-12 and Paul’s tiny version of the story in I Corinthians 15:3-8. These 165 verses can be read in a few moments.
  3. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of the events between the resurrection and the ascension: what happened first, second, and so on; who said what, when; and where these things happened.

Since the gospels do not always give precise times of day, it is permissible to make educated guesses. The narrative does not have to pretend to present a perfect picture–it only needs to give at least one plausible account of all of the facts. Additional explanation of the narrative may be set apart in parentheses.

The important condition to the challenge, however, is that not one single biblical detail be omitted. Fair enough?

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5 Responses to An Easter Challenge For Christians

  1. A stupid question is one that you can easily answer yourself.

    • DeltaV says:

      A stupid answer is when you avoid trying.

      • DeltaV,

        If you had any real questions about Easter, you’d just conjure up an answer from a personal hallucination or from the Google universe.

        You’re probably just waiting to defecate another meme about Easter being a pagan holiday.

    • Atheism Defended says:

      Was that your way of responding to the challenge? Okay, since you cannot do so, please check this very short video out by a former believer (moi). See if you can handle this.

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