From time-to-time ColorStorm gets a bit aggravated with Atheists, and he writes a post like this one: Some harsh words, necessary though. Blind to the Truth, atheists do not see what sees. So tries to help the blind see what he sees. Yet until the blind want to see, they will not see. Nevertheless, there is a very logical argument that the Bible contains the Truth.
What is the critical fact that proves the authenticity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? That is the certitude that Christians have that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The Apostle Paul stated as much.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
What is ‘s approach? tries to breach an emotional barrier. He strives to make the idea of God both conceivable and obvious. In series of posts, Mel Wild does something different, taking the next step. offers a logical explanation for why Christians believe in such a seemingly impossible thing as the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
If you want a short explanation, check out Revisiting the Minimal Facts Argument: A Hypothetical Discussion Between a Skeptic and a Christian.
If you are willing to invest more time and effort, then please consider the following posts.
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ – Part One
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ – Part Two
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ – Part Three
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ – Part Four
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ – Part Five
Even if it makes logical sense, is the whole idea that Jesus Christ is God is not something we find easy to accept. No. Why?
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Wisdom of God
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Who in this world would choose to believe in a crucified savior? So it is that writes. writes about the savior we need, not the one we want. Still, God only gives those who ask — those who realize their spiritual poverty — the grace to believe.