Five hundred witnesses can’t be wrong

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By Jess Thompson

I am often perplexed by those who do not believe the Bible is real or believe in Jesus.
Hundreds of original manuscripts of the Bible exist today. Hundreds of eyewitnesses saw Jesus crucified and rise. These are the documented facts.
The Bible is not some elaborate fable or book of thoughts. It is no less than the inspired word of God.  There have been many manipulations of what the Bible says by various religions, but its words are the same today as they were 2,000 years ago.
A key verse to me that covers this concept is 1 Corinthians 15: 1-7: 1. “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.” 2. “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” 3. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” 4. “That he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 5” “and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.” 6. “After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.” 7. “Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.”
This scripture holds three important concepts to me.  First it identifies the supremacy of Christ dying for our sins.  
Next, when Jesus was killed on the cross, his followers, with exception of John, scattered in confusion, disbelief and for their own self-preservation, even though Jesus told them of what was about to happen, think Peter’s denial.
But after they had seen the resurrected savior, their lives were transformed in such a way that they boldly proclaimed the gospel message.
Here’s another compelling example of lives empowered through faith in Christ: It is finally revealed that Christ was seen arisen physically to over 500 people. Christ was hung on a cross, his side pierced and his body entombed, and 500 people saw him afterwards.
Folks, this isn’t a myth or a fable. It is documented history.
If you don’t believe in Jesus and the Bible being the book of salvation, maybe you should do a little research about the history of the greatest true story ever told.

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at jessinlawrenceburg@gmail.com.