Refuting the Resurrection Refuters
The Refuters Come
The Refuting Conundrum
The purpose of the law was not to let the dead, childless brother’s line die out; the first son of the new marriage (not any of the other children) would be regarded as the dead man’s child.
So the conundrum is propounded to Jesus. Supposing for the sake of argument that there is a resurrection, and that these dead bodies of ours rise again from their graves—what about this woman? All seven brothers were equally her husband—in the resurrection will all seven together be her husband? The very idea is monstrous already in this life and how much more in the life to come! Or which one of the seven will be her husband, and why the one, and why not some other one of the seven, she having had a child by none? When seven hold equal rights, why set aside six? Again an impossible situation. The Sadducees are thus certain that there is no resurrection, and that Moses himself proves it in Deuteronomy, and that no man can overthrow this solid proof. We may well suppose that they had tried this proof against many a Pharisee and had made a laughingstock of every opponent. Jesus was to be their next victim.