Faith in the American Revolution and Jesus

Here’s my claim: believing in the American Revolution takes almost as much faith as it does to believe in Jesus. Something I’ve been thinking about for a while, because when you think about it, they’re pretty similar cases.

Similarities:

Neither are here for us to see right now. How can I believe in something that I can’t see? ;)
But you CAN see the results of each very clearly. America is here, so there was a revolution. The Church is here, so there was Jesus.
You can also see physical clues to them as well. There are muskets and clothes and documents (like the Declaration of Independence) left over from the American Revolution. Well, there are fragments of the cross and the Shroud of Turin and writings by people like Flavius Josephus in his Jewish Antiquities:

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, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among 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.”

In addition, you can go to the actual places where both the Revolution took place and Jesus lived.
There’s the testimonies of people like George Washington of the War. Well, there’s also testimonies of Jesus’ closest friends and followers of Him, the Gospels and Epistles.

Difference:
Jesus was Resurrected. That’s a miracle. As difficult as it was for the Americans to fend off the British, it wasn’t a miracle in the same way. One of the  most powerful ways for me in believing it is that Jesus’ closest friends all died for that very reason, their belief in the Resurrection and that He was God. If it was just a good trick, I doubt they would have died really horrible deaths like that, they would have just laughed it off and said “haha, joke’s over guys, we were just kidding.”

What do you think? Anything I missed?

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6 thoughts on “Faith in the American Revolution and Jesus

  1. I would say you pretty much covered it. I was thinking that all of these things you could probably also say about the prophet Mohammad, but then you appropriately mentioned the resurrection. For me personally, the martyrdom of the apostles is a large factor of my faith. Thanks, Chris!

    • Yea they could be said for a lot of other things. Goes to show that it kind of requires faith to believe things that we normally take for granted too.

  2. The last paragraph pretty much summed up how I reconciled my spiritual perception of Jesus’ divinity with my intellectual logic and the making sense of Christianity.
    Like Kendall, I do consider the martyrdom of the apostles as something that helped to shape my faith. I remember praying to God to help me make sense of the Resurrection and that’s where he led me, it just popped up in my mind at that moment.

  3. My favorite attempt to disprove the story of Jesus’s resurrection is that the disciples stole his body – a position that is universally laughed at by contemporary New Testament Scholars, both secular and religious. Why would all the disciples and early martyrs, assuming they did steal His body, lie to themselves and be killed at the hands of the authorities?

    Also, Seutonius (from whom we get most of knowledge of Julius Caesar), Thallus, Pliny the Younger, The Babylonian Talmud, Dead Sea Scrolls, Tacitus, Lucian, Galen, and Mara Bar Seropian all wrote on, or mentioned Jesus – of which I’m fortunate enough to own many of their works!

    Cheers Chris, you hit the nail into the coffin.

  4. You missed where it all make logical sense..
    “the church are here so there was a jesus” that is like saying; “oh the christmas gifts are here, so there is a Santa Claus”, and we all know that he is just a lie we tell children so they behave well. (Or something equally stupid).

    • Of course it isn’t a perfect argument, but it makes sense in general. I said that in the same way a revolution was required for a new nation, Jesus was required for the Church. And the Jesus-Church correlation is even stronger in my opinion, since the Church was founded specifically because of Jesus, while there are other ways of forming a country.

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