Sunday, March 27, 2005

Joyfully wise, or pitifully stupid

Jesus Christ lived and died, charged with blasphemy by his own people - since they saw he claimed to be God, executed by the ruling Roman Empire on a cross. The significance of this stands on what happened next.

If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead then Christians are pitiful fools. They imagine a relationship with a dead man, wasting their lives. In that case the wise live away from Christ.

If Jesus Christ rose from the dead then eternal life and pleasure with him is available. Available to all who believe in Jesus death as their ground of confidence before God. A certainty confirmed by his words and by his being alive, even today! In that case those who live away from Christ are fools. Where do you stand? It stands or falls on this: did Jesus rise from the dead?

4 comments:

  1. hmmm?The resurrecton was, is, an amazing creative divine work. But I'm not sure I would go so far as to start seperating people off, or vigourously lablelling them, on the basis of what they believed about it or any sense of thier encounter with the risen Christ.

    I would certain affirm the credal:

    "On the third day he rose again
    in accordance with the Scriptures;
    he ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
    and his kingdom will have no end...

    ...We look for the resurrection of the dead,
    and the life of the world to come."

    But when we tease out our hopes and dreams, our faith in the stories, I reckon it becomes a whole lot more suptle and plural in reality.

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  2. To be fair Laurence, I'm just writing from 1 Corinthians 15... its what Paul writes there...

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  3. I was being in a little bit of an argumentative mood, tis true, but to be fair I doubt it's as simply as quoting the bible in a case like this - that doesn't make your view interchangable with his ;P

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  4. if Paul says, no resurrection implies Christians have no hope and are therefore to be pitied above all people... that looks fairly straight forward to me...

    the logic works such that if Christ died rise from the dead then those who don't believe would be equally pitiable and without hope unless they come to believe... whether or not you like the idea of that.

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