That’s pretty much how I feel about the whole thing. It’s like how some people will try to use the Bible as proof of itself. “Look at how many prophecies Jesus fulfilled!” Yes, IF we already believe everything in the Bible, in which case we don’t need to be converted. Another one I hear a lot is how history confirms the Bible. Actually, I think you’ll find that sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t think anyone has tried to argue there isn’t SOME actual historical basis for the Bible. As I think I’ve pointed out before, though, Belshazzar was not the son of Nebuchadnezzar, and that’s enough to prove that it’s not all factual. So why would a non-Christian even need to account for the empty tomb, for which I know of no proof outside the Bible itself?
“Holy shit! It’s EMPTY!”
I think part of the reason for it might lie in the Bible, specifically Matthew 28:11-15:
11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
I believe I read somewhere that a Roman soldier falling asleep on the job could be subject to execution, which makes this story highly unlikely. Even if that’s not the case, however, this is basically another example of Christian antisemitism. Well, I guess the author of Matthew would have considered himself Jewish, but I mean prejudice against the Jews who DIDN’T accept Jesus as the Messiah. According to this, the Jewish priests apparently knew that Jesus had risen from the dead, but they were so much against him that they came up with another explanation for the rubes. We see this kind of thing constantly in the Gospels, with Jesus making clear demonstrations of his power, and the establishment refusing to accept them because of their preconceived ideas. This is very convenient for apologists, as they can say things like, “There’s evidence of God all around you, but you’re just blinding yourself to it!” Which is obviously untrue, as I’m sure plenty of people WANT to believe in God and just can’t find the evidence. For that matter, how do we know that, if the empty tomb was real after all, the disciples DIDN’T steal his body? It doesn’t seem entirely unlikely to me.
Anyway, whether you believe in the resurrection or not, you can still celebrate Easter. So happy Easter, everybody!