The following are the most popular alternatives to Jesus’ bodily resurrection that skeptics have created in the last 2000 years.

  1. Stolen Body

The first alternative was devised by the chief priests and elders of Jesus’ day. Matthew 28:12-13 states, “When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, ‘You are to say, His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’”

  1. Wrong Tomb

The women who were taking spices to the tomb went to the wrong tomb. When the women told the disciples, they also ran to the wrong tomb, and found it empty.

  1. Followers Hallucinate

Jesus’ followers hallucinated Jesus’ post resurrection appearances. Five hundred of Jesus’ disciples all had the same hallucination at the same time.

  1. Jesus Swooned

Jesus did not actually die on the cross, but rather swooned (fainted). Thinking that He was dead, the Roman soldiers took Him down from the cross. In the coolness of the tomb, Jesus revived and in His weak condition pushed away the stone.

  1. Jesus was impersonated

When Jesus appeared after the resurrection, it was not really Him. Rather, it was someone impersonating Him. This is thought because in some cases the people did not at first recognize Jesus.

It takes as much faith, if not more, to believe any of the above mentioned alternatives to Jesus’ bodily resurrection.

The fact of Jesus’ life is not disputed. Based upon the evidence, His bodily resurrection should not be disputed either. Jesus’ resurrection is a fact supported by empirical testimony provided by reliable witnesses. These witnesses were later killed for believing and teaching that Jesus really resurrected from the grave.

When we consider the strength of the apostles’ testimony, and contrast it with the weakness of the alternative explanations, it leads us to accept God’s Word on the reality of Jesus’ bodily resurrection.