THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS ARGUMENT
Christians also believe Jesus died for three days and three nights. Majority of Christians hold the belief that Jesus was on Friday, placed in the tomb before sundown Friday night, rested in the tomb on the Sabbath(Saturday) and was resurrected on Sunday morning before dawn(Matthew28:1- 5). Jesus was emphatic one just one sign ONLY, the sign of Jonah. Jesus said “as Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days and nights, so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”
The reader should note that Jesus never said “THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS”, he said “THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS”. For a benefit of the doubt, I will use the
Jewish inclusive reckoning where any part of a day can be counted as a day, then part of Friday, all of Saturday and part of Sunday gives us three days not three nights. There are only two nights, Friday and Saturday night.
Since the Bible recorded that Jesus said he would be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights and calculations have shown that he never spent three days and three nights in the tomb (assuming he died), then Jesus must have lied about the three days and three nights or the error might have come from the authors of the gospels since they wrote from hearsay. The three days is another lie likewise that of Thomas thrusting his hands in a hole in Jesus’ hands. Fallacies!!!
Majority of the Christians believe that Psalm16:10 was a prophecy about Jesus predicting that Jesus’ body would not decay when he is in the grave as confirmed by acts 2:27 which says,
“Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy one to see corruption”
Those who deal with dead bodies know that a body starts to decay within a very short time. That is why many dead bodies are being embalmed while awaiting those who would come to pick them up. If Jesus’ body was in the grave from Friday evening till Sunday morning, it is most certain that his body would have been decaying.
A Christian might argue that” Jesus is God so there is no way his body could have decayed”. Even if Jesus were God, did he not go into the grave in a human body? Being with human body subjected him to all the problems of humanity. Hence, he could get tired and rest, hunger and eat and why he could DIE since God does not die nor hunger nor thirst. So the Christian’s argument is bashed. However, Jesus is not God; I only agreed to disagree to refute the argument if the reader is a Christian and is trying to raise such an argument.
Since we have different denominations in Christianity and teachings differ from one another, another Christian might want to argue that God could keep Jesus’ body from decay.
This is very true but this would spoil the whole plan as God’s intention for Jesus was to come down to be subject to all factors that humans must endure. So, a Christian’s
argument on this matter holds no water. We can only agree that Jesus didn’t see corruption (Disgrace, Torture, Crucifixion) being a Holy person.
The proofs are clear that any sincere seeker of truth would not go on to believe Jesus died not to talk of dying for the sins of mankind. If Jesus was sent only to the people of Israel (Matthew 10:6, Matthew 15:24), how could he have died for the sins of humanity? If Jesus never died (given the explanations I have given), is it not an error to say Jesus died for our sins? In Job7:9, we read,
“As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more”
Since the Bible is God’s word and this was revealed to the author of the book of Job, It is left to the reader to make sense of this.
Biblical figures like Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, etc found God’s favor without believing Jesus came to die for their sins, are they going to go to hell?