The world's computers have been held hostage by an uber virus. There is a general election campaign in full swing. The new French president has appointed his prime minister. But the most read item today on the BBC news website was "The Avril Lavigne Conspiracy Theory Returns"! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-39921209)
The Canadian singer singer writer is famed for her 2002 hit single "Complicated". I have to say that I prefer the take off by Weird al Yankovic "Constipated" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPcq2yo-RjY). This says quite a lot about me...
I was a little surprised by the fact that the supposed death of a singer in 2003, who claims to be alive and continues her singing career, was the top story. But I couldn't help myself reading on.
Apparently Avril took her own life after her grandfather's death. Because it was the height of her career, she was replaced with a look alike, Melissa Vandella.
There is of course a lot of evidence to support this!? Pictures of strange changes to Ms Lavigne's complexion and bone structure. Comments attributed to her that apparently she would never have said, but Melissa would. And the final nail in the coffin, the fact that Avril and Melissa have never been seen together!
What struck me was that, whether Avril Lavigne is dead or alive (which I am remarkably uninterested in), it is extraordinarily hard to fake being dead or alive. In the end there are witnesses. People who know you well who could not be trusted to keep the secret. Family members who would not be taken in.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the "conspiracy theory" that won't go away over 2000 years later. Right from the outset people were claiming that Jesus was still dead. "When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’" (Matthew 28:12-13)
After two thousand years of trying, no one has successfully proven that Jesus is dead.
No one in human history has ever made a bigger impact. Despite the fact that he never had a hit single. Never appeared on You Tube. Never travelled very far from his home town. Never wrote a book. And when he died, his handful of remaining followers deserted him in fear for their lives. Yet today millions of people all over the world claim not just that he is alive. But that he their Lord and Saviour.
As the apostle Paul says: "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raisedon the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
The resurrection isn't an inconvenient event that needs to be explained away. It is the glorious heart of the gospel that is attested to by eyewitness evidence. Eyewitnesses who went to their death's rather than deny that Jesus had risen. I doubt that the case of Avril Lavigne will produce many martyrs.