The Wonder Wander

04/13/2012

The Christian Gospel Explained

Filed under: Religion — Tom Malley @ 4:42 pm

We went through 1 Corinthians 15 on Easter Sunday.  This chapter has a great summary of what Christian belief is all about.

Verse 3-4:  Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day.

That’s pretty much what you have to believe to be a Christian.  Chapter 15 offers more for us to think about, though.  For example, the apostles saw Christ.  Some will say that they made this up.  However, if you look in the Gospels, you will see that the apostles were devastated by Christ’s death, and did not believe that he was resurrected.  It was only after they saw him in person that they were willing to believe.

As if it were not enough that the apostles saw Christ and verified that he had risen, Christ appeared to more than 500 other people, most of whom were alive when 1 Corinthians was written and could have denied the report and called Paul a liar (verse 6).

Finally,  lays it on the line for those who want to call themselves Christian, but don’t believe in the resurrection:  He says if Christ was not raised, then you are still in your sin and you are to be pitied more than anyone (verses 13-17).

So if anyone wants to debate what Christianity is about in its most basic essence, point them to 1 Corinthians 15.

Maranatha,

Tom

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