Resurrection: Reality or Rubbish?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
What do some ‘smart’ theologians say? “The resurrection account in the Bible is not reality but rubbish!” But a theologian changing the clear message of the Bible is not a theologian: he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, “for such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ” (2 Cor 11:13). We are warned in the Bible about false teachers (Matt 23; 2 Pet 2; Jude).
The Bible clearly teaches that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor 15:17). “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (1 Cor 15:19). Logic tells us that if the Bible had to do only with this life, it would have no real relevance. “If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die’ (1 Cor 15:32).
But what message do these theologians then have? Why are they at theological colleges if the Bible has no eternal value according to them? To say that it is a book worthy of some good ethics is wonderful, but what about it? There are few people who will take note of a book like the Bible if it had only to do with this life. But this strange breed of theologians who want to convince people that the Virgin Birth and Resurrection are myths, are not theologians. They are impostors and liars. “Do not add to his words or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (Prov 30:6). The Bible’s teaching is preparation for an eternity in heaven. For that the Virgin Birth and Resurrection, proving Jesus Christ to be the Son of God who came down from heaven and returned to his Father after he had paid the death penalty for man’s sins, are both essential. God’s redemption through Jesus Christ would be incomplete and impossible without it.
People may object and say that miracles are impossible. But if the miracle of evolution without any scientific proof is acceptable to some people, why not the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection? At least we know that the omnipotent God did it, and we know that the Bible is infallible, and we know that the reason that especially certain theologians oppose it, is because Jesus said: “Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in mens’ faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matt 23:13). The miracle of the Bible is: what is written in it is seen happening in every day life. For example, we are warned against false teachers and they are seen in contemporary life.
Lesson: If you hear talk about: ‘the myth of Adam and Eve’, ‘the impossibility of miracles’, ‘the Bible is man’s account of God’, et cetera, know that these people are actually testifying about the truth of the Gospel. The devil opposes the truth (”He, the devil, was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” - John 8:44), and one of the truths is the fact of the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection.
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