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    Romans 8:11 (KJV)
    But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.


    How Do We Know Christ Truly Rose From The Dead?

    The Bible Account

    The short answer is that we trust the Word of God and the records it holds from eye-witnesses who were there at the time and testified to his resurrection. This of course may not seem like a sufficient answer to many, but let me explain how this is actually all the information you should need as well. 

    The Bible is a record of history written by real people who have left their mark on this world. The Jewish people of the Old Testament were very careful to record fine details about their genealogy because every family and their origin was important to the people and proving their heritage.

    The New Testament was recorded by Jews and non-Jews who were followers of Christ and were spreading the truth of Christ' message to the world. They were recording facts and also giving their point of views about what they witnessed and what it means to us today. 

    Throughout history we can see the most precise interpretation we have to know what happened during a certain period in a certain region was by written eye-witnesses. The Bible records there were over 500 witnesses who saw Jesus Christ risen from the dead at one time. This means it wasn't something only the apostles of Christ were claiming to have seen and witnessed, but many others not only saw Him risen, but saw him at the same exact time.

    1 Corinthians 15:6
    After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

    If you are looking for evidence on whether Christ truly rose from the dead than look no further than the accounts given in the writing of Luke who was not a Jew and found no benefit to following Paul and forfeiting a career in medicine to spread the news to the world. 


    More Evidence (Not the Bible)

    Of course when we look at writings from eye-witnesses of Christ' Resurrection we think about who these people were, what their motives could have been, and what exactly they said. But because most of these writings were soon recognized as apart of God's inspired Words and placed inside a compiled list of 66 books we now call the Bible many people have become skeptic to the accounts in the Bible.

    This is because most people are unsure of what to think about the Bible validating the Bible as proof for the truth of the Bible. So let us turn our attention towards writings from a non-Christian Jewish Historian named Josephus.

    Josephus is the most comprehensive primary source on Jewish history that has survived from antiquity, and done so virtually intact despite its voluminous nature (the equivalent of 12 volumes). Because of imperial patronage by the Flavian emperors in Rome —Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian —Josephus was able to generate incredible detail in his records, a luxury denied the Gospel writers. They seem to have been limited to one scroll each since the earliest Christians were not wealthy.  Accordingly, Josephus has always been deemed a crucial extrabiblical resource, since his writings not only correlate well with the Old and New Testaments, but often provide additional evidence on such personalities as Herod the Great and his dynasty, John the Baptist, Jesus’ half-brother James, the high priests Annas and Caiaphas and their clan, Pontius Pilate, and others.


    Matthew 28:6
    He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

    Jospehus’ Description of Jesus

    3. (63) Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works-a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; (64) and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

    The Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3
    From The Works of Josephus,
    translated by William Whiston
    Hendrickson Publishers, 1987