Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Are Christians Fools?

The existentialist says its foolish to believe in God because he's a figment of your weak imagination. Its tragic you need him. The Jew says Jesus was not the Messiah we expected. And the Muslim adds that prophets don't die on Roman crosses. The Buddist pipes in that its all an illusion. And Dan Brown says faith in Christ is for the weak who got conned by a church powerplay.

Are Christians fools? The Bible says yes, on one condition.
"If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied." 1 Corinthians 15v19
Christians are fools if they hope in Christ if Christ was not resurrected. Everything in Christianity rests upon whether or not the historic physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead happened. The Hindu says, yes that's foolish - why does it matter if it happened. Surely the point is the story not whether it happened? Surely the Bible is just fiction that some people oddly believe? The postmodernist says, how could you know....
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve."
Everything in Christianity rests on the death of Christ for our sins, and his resurrection. Not just the death of Christ - but his death for our sins. Followed by his witnesses resurrection - in both cases in accordance with the Scripture.

Why is this so important? If Jesus didn't rise from the dead then his prior claims to be able to die for our sins and rise from the dead are void. If he did rise then it is reasonable to say that those claims hold true. If there is no resurrection of Jesus, then could any of us be resurrected? Our hope would only be for this life. And if only for this life then the hedonist could call us pitiful for scorning apparent pleasures.

If Christ did rise from the dead then the message of the Bible is reliable. If Christ did rise from the dead then this life is not all there is and one person can speak authoritatively about that. Are Christians fools? Everything rests on one thing: did Jesus rise from the dead?