How does a person fake no pulse?
Don’t we point to the change in the disciples as one of the proofs that Jesus was raised from the dead? My husband met a pastor in India who became a Christian AND a pastor because a man he personally knew in his village was raised from the dead. How does a whole village become Christian based on a lie? Actually the raising of the dead is not as uncommon in places where faith and desperation of heart abounds. Jesus rebuked his disciples upon his rising from the dead for their “REFUSAL to believe.” I’m more amazed at people’s refusal to believe when it’s right in front of their noses. But for those who need a couple of chapters and verses, Jesus did command the disciples to do and to teach others to do EVERYTHING that He commanded. (Not some of the things.) (Matthew 28:28-20) One of the commands was to “raise the dead.” And why didn’t Peter tell Dorcas’ friends (Acts 9:36f) that theologically there was no hope till Jesus returned? Did Dorcas fake it? Do the Scriptures lie? As for other miracles, how do you tell ME and others who have experienced healings and miracles that we faked them? My encouragement is to dare to open your heart to a loving, listening, living God. Yes, sometimes I’m disappointed as I just had a friend die two days ago after praying earnestly for her. But no physical resurrections for Stephen or James did not create a no miracle theology. It comes back to trust. Trust in a God of hope. Maybe in the U.S. some people are satisfied with an impotent God that they can carry around in a hip pocket, but those in lands of great need respond to One who can do what their gods cannot do. So again, for the armchair theologists, dare to let God be God, who will sometimes disappoint you and sometimes ravish your heart. Be raised from the dead!