Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:14-17, 22-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-10 [11-18]
March 31, 2002
Many people these days will claim to be spiritual but not religious, they claim to believe in God but not in miracles, the supernatural or any of this Jesus stuff. Such modern spiritual people discount or discard entirely events such as feeding the five thousand, walking on water, quieting the storm, changing water into wine, raising Lazarus from the dead and now the most outrageous claim of all, Jesus' bodily resurrection from the dead. After all, what college-educated modern person could possibly accept such stories?
An agnostic most of his life, Oxford classics professor C. S. Lewis converted to Christianity late in life and gave perhaps the best argument for Christian faith and belief. Lewis basically accepted the academic, intellectual critique of religion in his argument by stating that, "If Christianity is in fact just a game and a good story as its critics claim, it is the best story in town."
The thoroughly modern person will discount or discard anything mysterious or miraculous as irrational and untrue. Like Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" some folks will say "The resurrection and all those miracles are just a bunch of hocus pocus. How could I believe such ridiculous claims? Resurrection? Bah humbug." Ironically, the physics underpinning all of modern science and technology requires that the scientist accept a significant amount of mystery if not outright miracle.
So we must face this irony of the times. Believing Christians consider Jesus' bodily resurrection to be shrouded in mystery and miracle while modern critics of religion think that technology is based upon nothing but truth and fact. I say we've got it all backwards. Believing Christians should boldly accept as a matter of faith and ACT on the basis of the TRUTH AND FACT of Jesus' ...
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