Talking snakes and donkeys, floating axe heads, people being swallowed by fish, parting of waters and virgin births all seem improbable if not impossible. And this is where I can have some common ground with the Atheist. Those things and many other stories from the Bible all seem impossible. That's why the Easter story is my favorite. The Christmas story is sweet and I do enjoy that season immensely, but if not for Easter my faith and beliefs are all a sham.
If Jesus Christ died on that cross and then three days later rose from the dead, well then all of those other miracles mentioned in the Bible don't seem like to big a stretch.
Why do people fight this so story so hard? Some say Jesus never actually died. Some say he died but the tomb He was buried in contained certain conditions that helped heal Him. The most common conspiracies have to do with the disciples stealing the body, while others say the disciples didn't even know where He was buried. Some say that everyone who saw Christ alive after the crucifixion was hallucinating. BTW there were 17 post resurrection appearances and He was seen by over 500 people during that time. Some try to convince you Jesus had a look a like running around pretending to be Jesus. And then of course there are those who still want to believe Jesus never really even existed.
I believe people want to discredit this story because if this event never took place then Jesus Christ is no different than any other man made god and Christianity is just another club with no answers leading nowhere accept death. But Christ overcame death and in doing so; not only makes all the miracles in the Bible seem like child's play but gives everyone else the opportunity to defeat death as well.
Dear Atheist friend I have no axe to grind with you. I'm good, it's all good, but before you totally turn away from the idea that Christ is alive and well- please remember your views (tho they may seem valid to you) are nothing new. Minutes after Christ arose from the dead there were people doubting, mocking, scoffing, denying and inventing stories to cover something up.
May the peace of the Lord be with you... and you... and you and.. ok, may the peace of the Lord be with all. Late, feen