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7/25/2006

WHAT IF IT'S NOT TRUE?

IKON72506We're STILL reading through the apostle Paul's letter to the early Christian church in Corinth at ikon. Tonight Brian's going over chapter 15 and asking us, "What if it's not true? What if Jesus didn't come back to life after he was crucified? What then?"

Here's some of what Paul says in chapter 15 of his letter...

Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there's no resurrection, there's no living Christ. And face it—if there's no resurrection for Christ, everything we've told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you've staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there's no resurrection.

If corpses can't be raised, then Christ wasn't, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren't raised, then all you're doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It's even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they're already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot.
(1 CORINTHIANS 15:12-20 from THE MESSAGE translation)

3 Comments:

Blogger JOEY_MCFARLAND said...

That is so true. Convicting! It reminds me of Lewis who wrote:
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice."

Great post Shaun.

7/25/2006  
Blogger Seth Ward said...

Man, I love this pic! This needs to be on an album cover or something. Did you do this one as well?

7/25/2006  
Blogger Christine said...

It's funny that you ask that. Often people preach the church with its HEAD cut off. An incomplete Gospel. No emerging savior, only the vague memory of a wine maker with a foot fedish, a knack for fishing, and a way with the ladies. The Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection. Hack of the ending and it's just news.

7/26/2006  

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