Caught on the wrong foot
With reference to Ramon Casha’s letter of July 6, a slight look at its contents reveals a touch of inconsistency, a case of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing. This can be detected as early as the first paragraph.
Mr Casha wrote that “if the story of Jesus were real” manifesting his unbelief, yet, on June 14, he wrote “that he probably did exist as a human”. He is waivering; caught on the wrong foot. He shouldn’t. The authenticity of the person of Jesus and the truth of his message are so powerful that they simply overwhelm any residual doubts about his existence.
In the same page of the paper I have pointed out that biblical scholars have calculated that belief in the Resurrection, though not yet written down, could be dated to within two to five years of the event. The acts impeccably put on record the whole history of Jesus and the early Church while eyewitnesses were still alive and could have disputed it if it were exaggerated or false.
In The Verdict of History, historian Gary Habermas details a total of 39 ancient sources documenting the life of Jesus from which he enumerates more than 100 reported facts concerning Jesus’s life, teachings, crucifixion and resurrection.
It is useless proclaiming the big bang or quantum fluctuations theory so forcefully in earlier letters when like a bolt from the blue Mr Casha concludes that it may be after all a possibility. That is a burst balloon and a splendid anticlimax. It’s better to focus on a Creator who designed and brought the universe into being, who maintains its existence moment by moment and who is responsible for the very natural laws that govern the physical world. Then certainly it’s rational to believe that the miraculous is possible.
I have much more to write on this subject but I feel that I shouldn’t tax the editor’s time and space any further. Perhaps I will be given a chance next time to quote some competent experts on the subject.