For Jesus or anyone to rise to life again from the dead is scientifically impossible – or is it?
Years ago, before modern embalming techniques were employed on bodies, it was common for people to stay awake with a dead body at what was called a “wake.” One reason was to watch for signs of life, to make sure the person was truly dead and not still alive. At that time it was relatively common for persons to erroneously declare someone dead.
But even in recent years there have been a few well documented cases of persons that were thought to be dead that “came back to life” in the funeral home in their casket. Other cases occur in hospitals.
Medical professionals typically say these persons never really died and were misdiagnosed as being dead. But we don’t really know. Scientists and medical professionals can’t explain these cases. Maybe God is involved.
We do know that drowning victims can sometimes be revived by mouth to mouth resuscitation. Also, CPR can resuscitate heart attack victims.
Currently scientists are planning to try to raise a mammoth back to life by cloning one using DNA from cells that have been frozen for many years according to an article on Livescience.com* and numerous other news sources.
And perhaps an even greater miracle is the growing of a huge tree from a dry, apparently dead seed that has been dormant for a few years – or more. Seeds even thousands of years old can apparently sometimes germinate into a plant.
Yes, resurrection from the dead is possible!
For nonbelievers, the Bible is not a valid source. But for Christians who believe in the Bible, Jesus’ resurrection is not unique. Other Bible stories of resurrections include:
- The New Testament book of Luke (Chapter 7) records the story of Jesus raising a widow's son from the dead.
- John 11 states that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
- According to the Old Testament in Ezekiel 37, God gave Ezekiel instructions that raised dry bones back to life – a far greater miracle than raising a person who has been dead three days back to life, as many followers of Christianity believe happened with Jesus.
- And Jesus' disciples are recorded as raising the dead. Acts 9 states Peter revived Tabitha (also called Dorcas) from the dead. Acts 20 states Paul raised Eutychus from the dead.
Whether a resurrection like that of Jesus described in the four gospels of the New Testament actually occurred remains a subject of debate. No scientific proof exists that Easter Sunday is Resurrection Sunday. But resurrection from the dead is certainly possible!
*Charles Choi; “Wooly Mammoths Could Be Cloned Someday, Scientist Says”; LiveScience.com; December 8, 2011; Website accessed April 8, 2012. http://www.livescience.com/17386-woolly-mammoth-clone.html