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The Crucifixion Swoon Theory:
The Case for Christ

Forensic evidence: How many times has it helped solve
a medical mystery -- determining how someone really died?

Well, Lee Strobel covered many trials during his
journalism career where a jury's decision hung on the
medical evidence. So, was it possible, he wondered,
to examine 2,000-year-old medical evidence and
determine if Jesus really died on the cross?

If so, science could deliver a knockout blow to one
of the most persistent claims against Christianity:
that the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrated
yesterday, was really just a hoax.

For expert opinion, Strobel went to Dr. Alexander
Metherell, a research scientist. Metherell had
studied the medical data concerning Christ's death,
and he's convinced there's no way anyone could have
survived what the Romans put him through.

First, there was the flogging. Soldiers used whips of
braided leather thongs. The metal balls woven into
the lash caused deep bruises, which broke open during
the torture. Often the victim's back, in such a
beating, was so shredded that his spine was exposed.

Those who didn't die from the flogging went into
hypovolemic shock, brought on by blood loss. There
would be a loss of blood pressure, leading to
faintness and collapse. And the loss of fluids would
result in tremendous thirst.

The gospels indicate that Jesus was in shock as he
carried his cross to Calvary: He collapsed in the
road, and Simon of Cyrene had to carry the cross for
him. Later, Jesus said, "I thirst."

And then there was the agony of the crucifixion
itself. The Romans drove spikes through the wrists
and feet of Jesus -- spikes that traveled through the
median nerves. This caused such enormous pain that a
new word was invented to describe it: "excruciating."
The word literally means "out of the cross."

Metherell believes that Jesus, like other crucifixion
victims, eventually died of asphyxiation. The
stresses on the muscles and diaphragm put the chest
in the inhaled position; in order to exhale, the
victim had to push up on his feet to ease the tension
in the muscles for just a moment. It would be
enormously painful, and exhaustion would eventually set in.

As his breathing slowed, the victim would go into
respiratory acidosis, leading to an irregular
heartbeat and eventual cardiac arrest. Then, in the
case of Jesus, to ensure that he was dead, a Roman
soldier thrust a spear into his side.

The flogging, the massive blood loss, the shock, the
crucifixion, the stabbing: Could Jesus have suffered
all this and survived?

Not a chance, Metherell told Strobel. Besides, Roman
soldiers had good reason to make certain Jesus was
dead: Had he survived, they, themselves, would have
been executed.

In the weeks before and after Easter, we often see
the usual spate of articles by so-called experts
claiming that Jesus didn't really die on the cross --
and, thus, is not the Son of God.

If your friends mention these articles, explain that
forensic science goes a long way in disproving these
ideas. And give them a copy of Strobel's book, The
Case for Christ. The better the science the greater
the support for what Christians have long believed in
faith: that love drove Jesus to willingly endure an
excruciating death -- so that you and I might live.

For further reference:
Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ. Grand Rapids, MI:
Zondervan, 1998.

Should We Have Perfect Bodies?
What Intelligent Design Really Says

It's a humbling experience we've all had on the way
to the morning shower -- looking at our bodies in the
mirror. Even the physically fit can spot areas for
improvement. And some of us, of course, don't need a
mirror to tell us what needs fixing!

We're not perfect creatures. But do our imperfections
prove that we're evolved by natural selection, and
not created by an intelligent designer? Well, a
recent article in the magazine Scientific American
makes that very claim.

Entitled "If Humans Were Built to Last," the article
by S. Jay Olshansky, Bruce Carnes, and Robert Butler
argues that the human body reflects the mindless
process of natural selection, and not purposeful
design. Olshansky and colleagues write that many of
our physical shortcomings exist because natural
selection causes us to survive "just long enough to
reproduce." Once we've passed on our genes, they say,
our bodies start to fall apart.

If we had been intelligently designed, they argue, we
should last much longer. And we wouldn't choke on
food, suffer detached retinas, or a host of other ailments.

Well, this argument for naturalistic evolution dates
back well before Darwin. The eighteenth-century
philosopher David Hume, for one, argued that the
miseries of human existence are best explained by
"blind nature," not design. But this misrepresents
what intelligent design really says. It also
overlooks the powerful insights of the Christian worldview.

First, intelligent design does not say that any
currently existing organism, including human beings,
should be perfect. Every designed system in our
present universe is subject to physical laws, and
involves trade-offs with a wide range of functional requirements.

Consider, for example, your throat. The esophagus
(the passage to the stomach) and the trachea (the
passage to the lungs) come together at the top of the
throat. When you swallow, a structure called the
epiglottis closes to cover your trachea. You can feel
this if you put your finger on your Adam's apple and swallow.

Sometimes, when people take excessively large bites
of food, or if they're inebriated, the epiglottis may
not close properly, and they choke.

Now, Olshansky and company argue that if our throats
had been intelligently designed, this wouldn't
happen. They suggest that a better design would have
placed the trachea higher, near the nasal passage.
.. . . Maybe, but maybe not.

You see, it would be impossible to speak if air only
passed through your nostrils, not your mouth.
Catching a cold could be a life-threatening illness,
because congestion would block the only pathway for
oxygen. And if you needed more air -- running to
catch the bus, for example -- sorry, opening your
mouth for extra oxygen won't help.

Yes, humans occasionally choke. But there is
absolutely no evidence that another system would work
better. It's easy to speculate about what an
intelligent designer would have done, but there's a
world of difference between speculation and science.

The Christian worldview tells us not to expect
perfection. While God created the world, it's also
fallen -- a world with illness and pain, waiting to
be redeemed by God's new creation.

So remember that the next time you look in the
bathroom mirror. If your current model is due to
expire, don't worry about it: There's an incomparably
better one coming!

For further reference:
Hume, David. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, [1776] 1980.
Olshansky, S. Jay, Bruce A. Carnes, and Robert N.
Butler. "If Humans Were Built to Last." Scientific
American, March 2001, pp. 50-55.

As you read the Scriptures with your family, I hope
you'll have a new appreciation for who the "Word made
flesh" really is: He's the Creator who existed before time.
He's the Logos who made heaven and earth, and who
steers the stars in their courses. He is the Truth that is
ultimate reality. He is the 'Babe of Bethleham & the
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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