There is a peculiar movement whose members are convinced the world is flat and not a globe as centuries of scientific investigations have taught. They are collectively known as Flat Earthers and belong to a variety of organizations distributed throughout the world, all adhering to some tenet or variation of this belief. While one may be tempted to dismiss these members as fringe cultists or even lunatics, the members are quite sincere in their beliefs. There are publications documenting their efforts to prove their contention. Unfortunately, when their experiments fail to prove their hypothesis, they conclude that either their instrumentation is flawed or not sophisticated enough to measure the variables that would support their world views. Understandably, they are unwilling to accept the possibility their worldview may be wrong. They are also not united, with several factions splitting off from the mainstream groups, disagreeing on fine points of their beliefs or disgruntled by some of their own thought leaders.
I could not help but see parallels with the way some non-believers view Christians. Some view Christians as narrow-minded, unwilling to accept scientific findings that prove the existence of the world and universe is far older than some of its thought leaders proclaim. Instead of embracing new scientific discoveries and expanding one’s world view, some reject the findings because they do not fit into a preconceived framework of Christianity. Others see Christians hopelessly fractured by denominations with centuries of in-fighting attesting to these divisions. These inconsistencies in behavior have led many non-believers to question the validity of Christianity. Like the Flat Earthers, all who listen to the claims of Christians need to sincerely answer the question, “How do I know that what I am hearing is the Truth?”
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2 Peter 1:16 (ESV)
The claims of Jesus Christ and Christianity definitely seem absurd. God becomes a man and is born to a virgin woman. He lives a brief life of thirty-three years and only during the last three years of his life, does He teach His followers and all who will listen about the Kingdom of God. He claims to be God and is eventually betrayed by His own people. He is tortured and executed on the Cross. Three days later, He is brought back to life. Forty days later, He ascends to Heaven to return to God, His Father. There are many charlatans and false prophets, who, through the ages, have claimed to be God and know the secret truth to eternal life. The truth of the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, completely rests upon the validity of the Resurrection. If Jesus Christ was not raised from the dead, all Christians are living a lie. As the Apostle Paul wrote, Christians would be of all people most pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19). Paul was an eyewitness to the Risen Christ and because of his assuredness in the Truth of the Resurrection, he dedicated the rest of his life to serving Him. The disciples of Jesus Christ were also convinced of the Resurrection and their example was compelling evidence to convince one famous politician to surrender his life to Jesus Christ.
“I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.”
Chuck Colson (Former Watergate Conspirator)
Chuck Colson was a Watergate conspirator and was convicted, along with several others, in one of the nation’s most shameful episodes, eventually leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. Facing arrest for his participation in the crimes, Colson heard the Gospel and surrendered his life to Jesus Christ because he was convinced of the Truth of the Resurrection. His explanation is a cogent and practical reason to believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead.
God asks us to reason together with Him to see the Truth of Jesus Christ, our God, Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.