If there is one thing that the enemies of the Bible agree on, it is that the resurrection of Jesus is a hoax (compare Shermer, Harrison, Dawkins, et cetera). According to them, there is no evidence that the crucified Jesus ever rose from the dead.
However, this dismissal does what atheists do not intend it to do. It provides strong evidence that the resurrection is true. According to them, Jesus doesn’t exist, because He is a myth like Zeus, Horus and all the other mythical gods. Yet they make no effort to prove that Zeus or Dionysius are myths. If Jesus is a myth like them, why is He treated differently? Why are reams of books, pamphlets, documentaries and other mediums produced everyday to prove that Jesus doesn’t exist?
Let us assume that Jesus was crucified, but not resurrected. What would have happened? Would His disciples have gone around telling the world that Jesus was crucified and he is dead, but people must believe that He died in their place to forgive their sins? Not at all. The Gospel of good news is that Jesus was resurrected and He ascended to go and prepare a place for us in God’s Kingdom. If Jesus died and remained dead like any other person, then the hope He gave people died with Him. The disciples would have declared that Jesus was a hoax, who did not accomplish what God promised.
If Jesus was just a hoax, nobody would have spread the message. What message would there have been to spread? The Gospel hinges on the resurrection.1 That is why the Gospel spread over all continents and why the Church came into existence. The Church of Jesus is evidence that the resurrection is true.
Conclusion: The battle to prove that the Bible is a myth, is to prove that the resurrection of Jesus never happened. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, His followers have no hope that they will live with Him eternally. Without the hope of eternal life, the Gospel has no good message to spread. Atheists do us a favour with their war against the Word. They prove they fight against a real, resurrected Jesus. So we can safely accept that the Bible and the resurrection of Jesus is true.
1. Acts 17:30-31, ’God… commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.’