1 Corinthians 15: Proving Christianity Wrong

I have heard many atheists ask what they would have to do to prove once and for all that Christianity was false. They argue that since Christians are people of blind faith anyway, then it really doesn’t matter what evidence they provide, Christians will still cling to their faith.

I think that the apostle Paul would dispute that strongly as shown in 1 Corinthians 15.

1Co 15:12  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

1Co 15:13  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

1Co 15:14  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

If Jesus is not risen from the dead, then Christianity is false. It is pretty simple now, and it was pretty simple in the time of Paul. If people wanted to make the Christians be quiet once and for all, all they had to do was go and find the tomb of Jesus and show that there were still bones in it. That would obviously be difficult today because we don’t know exactly which tomb was the tomb of Jesus, but when Paul was writing this letter, we are within 20 years. You could have opened up the tomb, but we have no evidence that anyone did. In fact, you think that would have happened within days of the disciples claiming that Jesus rose.

That is the interesting part about Christianity. We put our faith in God, and we believe based on the historical testimony that we have been given that God performed a great miracle by raising Jesus Christ from the dead. Dead men do not rise every day, but if Jesus did not rise, then there is no way that Christianity can be right.

I guess that’s the criteria our atheist friends are looking for. What can prove Christianity wrong? We need evidence, not simply speculation, that Jesus did not rise from the dead. That is currently where the evidence seems to point. Without the resurrection, Christianity would not be what it is.


Posted on July 4, 2015, in 1 Corinthians and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Trevor Smythe

    I’m afraid the author of this article has his reasoning backwards. Since there is no verifiable evidence that Jesus rose from the dead, the burden of proof resides on the assertion that he did arise, not the opposite. Just for shits and giggles, it is amusing to note that resurrection is reported in many religious myths other than the Bible, and that in the Bible itself previous resurrections occurred, e.g., Lazarus.

    • That is where our worldviews are different. For example, Jesus was a real person. Very few people dispute that. Jesus did die via crucifixion. Again, very few people dispute that among historical scholarship.

      Now you have the interesting phenomenon where all of the disciples were martyred for their faith. If they actively knew that they were promoting a lie, don’t you think they would have caved in?

      Whatever benefits like power or respect they were receiving from being Christian leaders was going to end when they died, but they stuck to their guns proclaiming Jesus Christ. If they were motivated by earthly power, I feel like they would have given in.

      They did not do that though, so the question still remains why? It seems that the best explanation is that they really believed what they were teaching, and they were in a position where they saw Jesus before and after the resurrection. They would be in a position to know that it was true, and they were willing to die for that because they had certainty. They were firsthand witnesses.

      Is there some other explanation you can think of?

      Also, the fact that other religions report resurrection really doesn’t matter all that much to the truth of one specific account. Every religion has a creation story as well, but we can’t conclude that the earth was never created just because false stories exist.

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