We’ve already seen lawyers attempt to make a case for the resurrection of Christ, now a New Jersey church is hiring a cold case investigator to do what I’m sure will be a totally objective examination of the “evidence” to determine whether the gospel accounts are trustworthy.
How can we know the Bible is telling the truth? Would the evidence regarding Jesus’ death stand up to today’s standards for reliable eyewitness testimony? Liquid Church, a non-denominational Christian church in New Jersey is hosting a special investigative series called, Cold Case Christianity. The message series will feature homicide detective J. Warner Wallace as he applies his cold case investigation skills to the Bible. The public is invited to attend the cross examination sessions during March and April.
Wallace will define core principles of modern day cold case investigations and utilize these principles to examine the reliability of the gospel eyewitness accounts from the Bible. His murder detective and professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured on NBC Dateline, and he’s been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award.
Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Liquid Church said, “We know people’s faith rests on understanding if the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was real or not. What better way than to bring in a CSI detective and have him examine the Biblical evidence available for a homicide investigation?”
Allow me to point a few minor little differences. You don’t have any physical evidence to examine. You have no reports from medical examiners or detectives who worked on the case after it happened. You don’t have any eyewitness accounts to examine (no serious biblical scholar thinks the gospels were actually written by the men they are attributed to). Which means you have none of the kinds of evidence that a CSI detective could possibly examine to reach a conclusion. Can you say stupid publicity stunt?