Does artificial intelligence, or A.I., have anything to say about the resurrection of Jesus?
Metro Voice is launching an “Ask A.I. Series.” Our question today, posed to ChatGPT, is “What is the proof that Jesus was resurrected?”
It is clear that good or bad, A.I. is here to stay and will fundamentally transform how much of the world lives, including how and where it gets its information, education, medicine, entertainment and more. Leading opinions say it is ultimately a threat to humanity if used by those with ill intent.
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A.I. works by collecting data from across hundreds of billions of data points on the internet to form answers to questions, create artwork, and solve problems, along with uncountable other uses. Research has found that there is often a bias to A.I., because it gives weight to sources that the creators have prioritized.
I must say, I was surprised by the answer to our question. See for yourself.
“What is the proof that Jesus was resurrected”
Answer: “The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a central tenet of Christian belief, and it’s understood by believers as an act of divine intervention. However, from a historical and empirical perspective, there isn’t the type of “proof” that one might find in a scientific context. The evidence for the resurrection primarily comes from the accounts recorded in the New Testament of the Bible and the subsequent impact on early Christianity. Here are some key points that believers and scholars often highlight:
- Empty Tomb: The Gospel accounts unanimously report that Jesus’ tomb was found empty on the third day after his crucifixion. While this doesn’t directly prove a resurrection, it is often seen as a starting point for discussions about the event.
- Post-Resurrection Appearances: According to the New Testament, Jesus appeared to various individuals and groups after his crucifixion. These appearances are detailed in accounts from the Gospels and the letters of Paul, providing a foundation for the belief in his resurrection.
- Transformation of Disciples: The sudden transformation of Jesus’ followers from despondent and fearful after his crucifixion to bold proclaimers of his resurrection is considered evidence of a significant and transformative event.
- Early Christian Belief: The rapid spread of Christianity in the decades following Jesus’ death is seen as an indication that his followers genuinely believed in his resurrection. This belief was a cornerstone of their preaching and writings.
- Martyrdom: Many of the early disciples and followers of Jesus were willing to endure persecution and martyrdom for their beliefs. This is often seen as evidence of their conviction in the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.
- Lack of Alternate Explanations: Skeptics have proposed various alternative explanations over the centuries, such as the “swoon theory” (Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross) or the idea that the disciples fabricated the resurrection story. However, these alternative explanations have generally faced significant challenges and are not widely accepted among scholars.
It’s important to note that belief in the resurrection is a matter of faith, and different individuals may weigh the historical evidence differently. Historians and scholars often approach this topic with varying methodologies and interpretations. As a result, the question of the resurrection’s historical proof remains a subject of ongoing debate and discussion.”
As you can see from the above A.I. answer to the question, it is reasonable and something most Christians can agree with.
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–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice