Good evening Hell-bound Friends and foes alike! It’s time that I got back on here and wrote another blog about the Assembly of God Doctrine. For the last article in this series, click here: Unmasking Doctrine #6: Deity of Christ: The Cross. Tonight we will be talking about the resurrection of Christ.
The Assembly of god church like many other denominations believe in the bodily resurrection of christ, meaning they believe that Christ died upon the cross, laid dead for 3 days and then rose again. The scriptures used to support this doctrine according to the AoG Website are:
Now these scriptures all state that Christ rose from the dead. Once again as in the last article I have no problem with them using these verses, it does say in the bible that Christ rose from the dead and so I would say, fine, if you want to believe that he rose from the dead, whatever. However, why did he rise from the dead? Does a god rising from the dead mean anything at all?
This article is actually going to be fairly short because most of the argument has been made in my last article. The only reason that Christ supposedly rose from the dead is because he was killed for the sins of the world, due to his own plan that he came up with because he’s god, and it’s barbaric that a god would ever require blood in exchange for anything.
Tonight I do want to talk about the resurrection itself.
Why did he rise from the dead?
Ask an apologist and you’ll be told that Christ rose from the dead in order to prove that he won a victory over the grave and that he really was god. Supposedly the stuff written in the bible about witnesses is evidence to the truthfulness of the biblical narrative. However this proves no more than any other religious text in the history of humanity. It’s a story that was written, that’s basically all we know. Someone wrote it. Is Achilles real because Homer wrote about him? How about Hercules, Zeus, or Ra? The act of writing about some event does nothing to prove its veracity.
However the second point on this is why did god have to rise from the dead? He’s god…technically you cannot kill god and so was he ever actually dead? Didn’t he really just move from one form of god to another? God changed his clothes so that you might have salvation? Isn’t it a little funny that Jesus felt the need to prove he was god in the New Testament and yet we have no verifiable evidence of his supposed existence today? What happened to god’s personality? I mean in the old testament, you cum on the ground and the earth swallows you whole, but today unless you’re lucky enough to see Jesus in a dog butt you will find no evidence for him. Why was god once a god that proved himself when folks asked and then all of a sudden he’s completely absent. Isn’t that odd?
Does A God Rising From The Dead Mean Anything At All?
I sort of mentioned this earlier but what does it mean for god to die? Does it mean that he ceased to exist? No… how could god cease to exist? Well, does it mean that he faced judgement? No… Then what does it mean? If god has always existed then how can dying for 3 days mean absolutely anything at all. The bible states that a day for god is like a thousand years for us or 365,000 days. That means if god was dead for 3 human days. he was dead for far less that 1% of a single day for him.
I often hear people make the joke, God gave up the weekend for your sins. It’s funny but it’s not even close to true. God gave up less than the time for an average piss break for you. The time that Christ was supposedly dead is absolutely meaningless when it compares to the eternity that came before and after that 3 day period. You, me, and everyone else on this planet goes into a form of stasis that lasts usually around 8 hours a night, it’s called sleep. You and I give up far more of our day to pretend death than Christ ever did.
I’m a little surprised that the AoG does not use 1 Corinthians 15:14 to support their claims of a bodily resurrection. In this scripture it states that if Christ didn’t actually rise from the dead then all faith is in vain. This was one of the scriptures that led me to leave the faith. When I realized that I no longer believed in a bodily resurrection and my faith had liberalized to the point that I no longer believed 90% of what my church taught, I found this scripture. It seemed pretty obvious to me that my faith had been in vain and that I should give it up, and so I did.
I came to realize that belief in the resurrection is little more than an excuse for the crucifixion. It’s like a get out of jail free card for faith. Sure it’s barbaric that god required blood in order to save the world but see, Jesus came back to life so it’s not nearly as barbaric is it…
Yes…it’s still barbaric and disgusting, regardless of if god was only dead for about as long as it took me to type this period.