Atheists and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ

I’ve noticed that Atheists like to play the “prove it” game. They use this game to shift the burden of spiritual responsibility to God off of themselves, trying to replace it with a burden of proof for the Christian. Atheists will try to justify this switch by saying the person who makes the claim bears the burden of proof. The Christian they say, has claimed that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and therefore the Christian must “prove it.”

The problem, is that the Atheist is using the burden of proof to change the subject. Because what the conversation is really all about, is the Atheist’s spiritual burden of responsibility to God. God has proven Jesus is our Lord and Savior to everyone who hears the Gospel:

John 16:7-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate[a] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about[b] sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.


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