There is no shortage of conspiracy theories out there… on just about every topic. But the longest lasting is most likely one that is shown in the Bible. I’m not saying that the Bible itself is a conspiracy, but I am saying that the Bible points to a conspiracy that was suggested about the resurrection. This conspiracy is held by many Jews and Atheists today (perhaps the only thing these two groups would ever agree on).
You see, there were guards outside of the tomb where Jesus was laid after the crucifixion. This even it well documented in many texts outside of the Bible. To this fact there is no credible disagreement. However, what actually happened the dawn following the Sabbath is what is in question. Was there a resurrection or did His disciples steal the body away at night? Here is the account as written in Matthew.
“While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.” (Matt 28:11-15)
This one paragraph is the difference between believing a man with a great following was put to death and his followers wanted to continue to charade that he was in fact the Messiah. Or believing that the Son of God was sacrificed and His blood was spilled for all the sins of mankind, and when He rose and defeated death, He did so for all who believe in Him. This moment is critical to believing in the saving power of Jesus, or believing he was just a good teacher.
But as with all conspiracy theories, they eventually begin to break down the deeper you dig. For this conspiracy theory to work, His disciples (a significant group of them) would have had to be in on it together. To sneak in, move the stone and the body while every single guard was asleep. But that’s not even the most unbelievable part.
These same people that supposedly would have stolen the body, would eventually be put to very excruciating deaths. John would be exiled but every other one would eventually suffer being hung, burned, torn into pieces, etc. None of these disciples ever recanted in these torturous events. These weren’t trained SEALS, these were regular men and women who simply knew for a fact that their Savior and Lord had defeated death. No amount of torture would change that fact. They weren’t hiding a secret that torture could reveal. They were shouting Good News that the Messiah had come and saved all who would believe.
It’s easy to claim a conspiracy theory. But the more you actually research the point, the more holes are poked into that theory. There is no way that many every day men and women would suffer the way they did to hide a conspiracy.
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