Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:
Hide ‘n Seek?
The Stolen Body Myth
The stolen body myth is about how some non-Christians believe the body of Jesus Christ was stolen by the disciples and later hidden.
(Which is not a realistic theory to say the least).
Jesus was put in a stone tomb with a two-ton stone door that could only be moved by a group of strong men.
Let’s say the disciples could lift the stone–
they still would be met by at least four Roman soldiers who are armored with bronze and have weapons of all kinds. These Romans were made for fighting.
Even if the guards were sleeping the stone would wake them up.
And if all this still happened, why would the disciples lie and face a martyr’s death for a lie?
If all this happened how would Jesus have just been walking around three days later when he resurrected?
To me that just seems crazy!! The fact that you can say his body was stolen when three days after the cross Jesus was alive.
That just doesn’t add up.
Sebastian, age 13
In this chapter it says that the body of Jesus was stolen by the apostles. We know this is false because of several reasons.
One of the reasons was that there were Roman guards and that they were very trained. In the chapter it says that each guard was trained to cover 6 feet of land.
Another reason is that they had to move the stone to open the tomb, which a recent study stated that it was around 2 tons in weight and the apostles had to move it without making any noise.
The last reason–why would any apostle die for stealing the body of Jesus if they knew that Jesus hasn’t risen yet?
That would mean we would not to be saved at this moment. I think every Christian is thankful to God for what He did for us on the cross.
This is why we know this myth is false.
Julian, age 13
“Then, so the thinking goes, the disciples carted off Jesus’ body, hid it somewhere, and, over the course of the next several decades, endured ridicule, torture, and martyrdom to spread a lie–what they knew to be a lie–throughout the known world. On the contrary, however, that is too much to believe.”
(Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, p. 78)
- Does it really matter what you believe, as long as you have faith?
- Are there errors in the Bible?
- Was Jesus just a good teacher?
- Can anyone prove His resurrection?
- What does that have to do with me?