Tim Challies on “If Dead Men Don’t Rise”
Courtesy of the Anglican Church League of Australia, I came across a post by Tim Challies titled “If Dead Men Don’t Rise” that complements that excerpt from John Chrysostom on the Resurrection quite well. In that post, Tim Challies takes a look at 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 and the implications of believing the Resurrection didn’t actually happen. This is one of the implications that Tim talks about:
“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.” If there is no resurrection, then Jesus Christ has not risen from the dead. We worship a dead man. Jesus went to the cross, he died, he was buried, and his body decayed to dust just like everyone else’s. Christians are followers of a dead man.
The Christian faith is unique in claiming that its great teacher is not only a man but also God; it is unique in claiming that its great teacher not only died but was resurrected. But if there is no resurrection, suddenly the Christian faith is unique only in a few small points, but really, it is pretty much the same as every other faith. We are people who put our hope in a guru, a spiritual leader, who lived and then died. While he lived he taught us some good lessons and helped us see how to live a good and moral life. But then his time was over and he died and is gone. And now we are left trying to be like him, trying to model ourselves after him so we can be good like he was good.
As Tim goes on to point out, the Apostle Paul is ruthlessly honest about this: if the Resurrection did not happen, the Christian faith is in vain. That is certainly one reason the fact of the Resurrection is questioned so often by those who do not want to believe. If Dead Men Don’t Rise is another excellent piece by Tim Challies and I hope you will read it all.