Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Basics: The Core Proof of the Faith, Part I

The Resurrection in and of itself does not secure salvation, but is essential to proving that Jesus was who He claimed to be. Without the proof of the Resurrection, everything the Bible says would be only hearsay. Supposing it to be God's Word would be relegated to philosophical debate. We would not have any confidence that it has divine origin.
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
 
Here's the logic.
  1. If it is granted, that God exists,
  2. And it is granted that God is perfectly truthful,
  3. And it is granted that God cares that people should believe the truth about Him, 
  4. Then God has the motive and opportunity to prove the truth.
  5. THEN, if it is granted that only God has the power to raise people from the dead,
  6. THEN, considering that Jesus claimed to be God, 
  7. AND, considering that Jesus claimed to be able to raise Himself from the dead, 
  8. IF Jesus was raised from the dead,
  9. THEN this would be a supernatural proof of the claim of His deity.
  10. OTHERWISE, His resurrection would amount to God endorsing a false claim. 
  11. God being truthful and caring that people know the truth, would have no motive to do so.
  12. Granting that the resurrection occurred, 
  13. Jesus is then God, and perfectly knowledgeable and perfectly truthful.
  14. Granting that Jesus claimed that the entire Bible is 100% true, 
  15. THEN we can conclude that the Bible is 100% true.
Do you follow? It is not merely "Jesus said so." It is not merely "the Bible says so." It is "the Bible records that Jesus said so, and Jesus' rising from the dead proves that everything He said was true, which means that everything the Bible records is true because Jesus as the supreme authority on all truth said that it is true. "

Thus, the Bible is neatly proven to be the completely inerrant Word of God, without appealing to an arbitrary circular argument, but by virtue of one historically-attestable fact; namely, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And for proof of that, simply refer to common sense considerations that demonstrate to even the non-scholar that it must have occurred. This will be Part II



-W

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