One of my Facebook friends recently posted about the evidence it would take to persuade her to deny her Christian faith. It got my wheels turning, for sure.
I consider myself to be pretty committed to my Christian beliefs (mainly because of Jesus’ commitment to me, but that’s a post for another day). I take my beliefs seriously, and I seriously believe them, if that makes sense. In spite of my devotion, there is really only one thing it would take for me to throw in the towel on this whole Christianity business. Show me this one piece of evidence, and I’ll walk away forever, never looking back.
If someone can show me conclusive evidence that Jesus’ dead body (albeit decomposed) is still in a grave, I’ll take it all back. All the prayers, Bible studies, mission trips, church services…everything. If Jesus is still dead, it will have all been in vain.
Does this sound overboard? Is it discontenting that, if this one tenet of the Christian faith proves false, I’m willing to deny the entire faith altogether?
It sounds extreme, but I’m in good company. These sentiments were expressed a couple thousand years ago by the apostle Paul when he wrote, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith…If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:14, 17).
I admit that the entire Christian faith, which affirms the deity of Jesus Christ, stands or falls on His resurrection from the dead. Take that one event out of history and, well, as Paul said, it’s all useless. Thankfully, removing Jesus’ resurrection is purely hypothetical, because He “has indeed been raised from the dead” (1 Cor. 15:20).
Yes, there’s only one piece of evidence needed to undermine my faith. But, that means there is still one piece of evidence needed to undermine my faith. A piece of evidence that, after a three-day period, became eternally nonexistent.
Because Jesus is no longer in the grave, the past, present, and future are secure. There is hope beyond this life. And there is nothing in this life that can separate us from His never-quitting love. We have a firm foundation, an anchor for the soul.
Evidence to the contrary simply does not exist. He is risen indeed.