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I have presented strong evidence and contemporary evidence that Jesus died and rose from the dead. No such evidence for the contrary view has been presented. This evidence is sufficient for anyone who wants to believe.

But what about those who choose not to believe? They are, of course, free to do so. But they should remember two things. First, not to believe is a choice, but not a rational obligation. Second, the choice not to believe has great existential import for one’s personal life. For if Jesus did rise from the dead as the New Testament says he did, then this tends to verify his claim to be the son of God. And if Jesus is the son of God, then there are great benefits for you personally?

For one, it means that there is hope for you beyond the grave. Since Jesus has reversed death and therefore has the right to claim "I am the resurrection and the life, whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." Further, if Jesus rose form the dead, it offers hope to overcome another great problem that psychologists tell us is inflicting humankind — the problem of guilt. For the same New Testament documents that say Jesus rose from the dead tell us that He died for our sins. And since it’s obvious from both experience and Scripture that all have sinned, the resurrection of Christ offers a permanent solution to the problem plaguing mankind, namely, guilt.

The question then is this: since the evidence shows that it is plausible to say nothing [?] but probably that Jesus rose from the dead, and since this can be the basis for the hope of eternal life and forgiveness of sins then why not believe? You have nothing to lose but your fear and guilt and everything to gain including forgiveness and eternal life. Don’t allow the skeptic who is skeptical of everything but his own skepticism to rob you of these all-important benefits. Believe and be saved.

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