On the divinity of Christ, and in addition to the above, current exegesis has also established that Jesus called God his Father “Abba” in a unique way unknown in Jewish tradition. While Jewish tradition avoided calling God by his personal name, Jesus refers to God by that intimate relationship thus changing the terms of relating to God in a significant way (Cf. J. Jeremias, Abba, 1966; J. Meier, Jesus, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, 1990).
Another finding from anthropological studies of ancient cultures supports the Gospel’s story that Mary Magdalene and other women found the tomb of Jesus empty and reported it to the Apostles. When the Gospels were written in the 1st century AD, women’s opinion in society did not matter. Yet as embarrassing as their testimony is at the time, it is recorded in the Gospel as true and Mary Magdalene was therefore called “Apostle to the Apostles” by some of the early Church Fathers.
In Rome alone, I saw in 2006 thousands of bones in the catacombs 30 feet under the earth because the early Christians had to gather and say the Mass and bury their martyrs in the hidden places due to persecution. The early Christians in the Roman empire had to accept to worship the emperor in severe persecutions such as the ones under Nero, Diocletian. Yet, Christians believed in the Resurrection because they were instructed by their bishops in succeeding the Apostles that Christ is God who came in the flesh died for men and rose to eternal life.
Could all those scholars, scientists, and those who witness to the truth have been deceived, liars or crazy? If not, then the only plausible answer is that Jesus our God has risen!