Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross, buried in a borrowed grave, and three days later was raised from the dead; Christianity is unique in this regard. Any argument for the validity of Christianity depends on the proof of the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
Throughout the centuries, most great scholars who have considered the proofs of the resurrection believe that Jesus is alive. After examining the evidence for the resurrection given by the Gospel writers, the late Simon Greenleaf, the famous Royal Professor of Law (a follower of Judaism) and an authority on legal issues at Harvard Law School, concluded; »It was therefore impossible that they could have persisted in affirming the truths they have narrated, had not Jesus actually risen from the dead, and had they not known this fact as certainly as they knew any other fact.« His conclusion led to his decision to accept Jesus as the Messiah promised in his Old Testament scriptures.
John Singleton Copley, recognized as one of the greatest legal minds in British history, commented: »I know pretty well what evidence is; and I tell you, such evidence as that for the resurrection has never broken down yet.« His study revealed there were no major contradictions in the Bible, nor was it filled with so-called myths.
The resurrection is central to the faith of a Christian. There are many reasons why those who study the resurrection believe it is true.