Mark Twain is reputed to have said: “Faith is believing in what you know ain’t true.” Is that what faith really is?
As a person of faith, I see no benefit in clinging to falsehoods, lies, things that are not true. When life is knocks you down, throws you for a loop, disorients you (like many people feel right now), it is truth that offers security and stability and hope.
At Easter, followers of Jesus by faith celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Some people falsely think that God’s miraculous resurrection of the crucified Savior of the world is fantasy, fiction, foolishness. Those people who are Christ-followers celebrate that Jesus’ resurrection is a historical fact and is the foundation of the Christian faith.
Of all the belief systems in the world, Christianity is the only one that insists that its truths must be founded on the historical existence of a person named Jesus and that he historically said and did the things claimed of him.
The validity of the resurrection as a reliable historical event is paramount to personal faith. The Christian faith is historically verifiable—or it’s nothing.
If Jesus did not die (really die, dead-as-a-doornail-dead) and then rise again (in a physical body, that walked, talked, ate, and resumed relationships with his friends), then what Paul said is certainly true: “If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17 (GNT)
I pray that with God’s help this Easter season you will embrace with deep faith Jesus’ resurrection with renewed confidence, wonder and hope.