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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Sunday, Faith and Fact

I just read an article in U.S. New and World Report entitled "Christ's Mission: New Debate About the Role of Jesus." It was pretty much just more of the same, professors and scholars latching on to the most miniscule piece of evidence in order to formulate a completely new and "radical" different understanding of Jesus the man and Savior. As usual, the Bible receives a completely different set of rules when it comes to determining it's historical reliability.

But, that is not exactly what I want to post about. At the very end of the article, the author writes that "the great argument of our time is the debate pitting faith against fact." (emphasis mine) This is just simply wrong. For some reason within scholarly circles (usually liberal), a believer who firmly rests on the mission and purpose of Christ based on scripture is in some way placing their faith over the facts. To believe in Christ as the Messiah who came to save the world from sin means that you are committing intellectual suicide, and that your faith is blinding you to the truth. It is absurd. When I have more time and in a future post, I will list the facts, not hype or theory, to the historical soundness and overwhelming evidence that what we read in the Gospels is the most reliable and trustworthy text that we have in antiquity.

Trust in the truth that Christ is alive! He has paid the ultimate price for our sin. That is fact. Now, let your faith rest on that.


Blogger Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer said...

Wow! Great Easter post. Our faith is founded on fact. If the bodily res of Jesus didn't happen in space and time, then you and I are wasting our lives. John Warwick Montgomery has some great stuff on this.

Here is the other thing I appreciate. You said: "That is fact. Now, let your faith rest on that." Amen! Thank you! Too many put their faith in faith. I am saved by my faith, we say. OK. Well, you are saved by Jesus. Believe it. Faith must have an object. And that object is the atoning death of Jesus and all that entails.

Blessed Easter. Take the next couple of days off.

April 16, 2006 9:12 PM  
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