The Godhead – Jesus Christ

 

 

Jesus Christ did not raise from the dead

 

 

 

Baha’is deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ, for they spiritualize the fact of the resurrection. Abdu'l-Baha explains the meaning of the resurrection as: 'The disciples were troubled and agitated after the martyrdom of Christ. The Reality of Christ, which signifies His teachings, His bounties, His perfection's and His spiritual power, was hidden and concealed for two or three days after His martyrdom, and was not resplendent and manifest. NO, rather it was lost; for the believers were few in number and were troubled and agitated. The Cause of Christ was like a lifeless body, and, when after three days the disciples became assured and steadfast, and began to serve the Cause of Christ, and resolved to spread the divine teachings, putting His counsels into practice, and arising to serve Him, the Reality of Christ became resplendent, and His bounty appeared; His religion found life, His teachings and admonitions became evident and visible. In other words, the Cause of Christ was like a lifeless body, until the life and the bounty of the Holy Spirit surrounded’ (Ferraby, page 178). He interprets the teachings of Christ spread as the resurrection. Not any different than their immediate cousins Islam they can't deal with a resurrection from the dead. ‘The resurrections of divine manifestations are not of the body…his resurrection from the interior of the earth is also symbolic… like wise his ascension to heaven is a spiritual not material ascension’(Abdul Baha Questions, pages 199-120).

 

Confutation

 

The Bible clearly states that Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins, but on the third day God raised Him from the dead – His resurrection was a physical resurrection - for it was not possible that He should be held by death. After His resurrection Jesus appeared to witnesses chosen by God, that is, to His disciples, who ate and drank with Him, and forty days after His resurrection He was taken up into heaven. Here is, for instance, what Luke wrote concerning one of the apparitions of Jesus to His disciples: “And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:36-51)

There is no spiritual meaning to give to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the resurrection of Jesus Christ was a literal event which occurred in the life of Jesus Christ so that we might be justified. Therefore if anyone wants to be justified he must believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day. Brethren, beware of all those who deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ, for they are ravenous wolves clothed in sheep’s clothing who want to lead you astray and cheat you of your reward.

The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to many! Continue to believe in His physical resurrection. Amen.

 

 

 

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