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Believe It or Not
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
Despite what many people claim about it the Christian faith is actually profoundly rational. There is a rational strand of Christianity that does not expect you to suspend your intellectual powers or discourage you from thinking things out for yourself. It is based on certain propositions that you might not like and you may accept or reject them as you see fit. Propositions such as there is a God, and that Jesus died and rose again for us. Accept them and the structure of the belief system is logical and rational thereafter. You are not required to assent to things that fly in the face of the evidence such as creationism.
There is considerable evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However improbable it may seem, the case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ depends on various well-supported witness statements. Jesus’ followers certainly seemed to believe that they had seen Jesus alive after the crucifixion events. They believed that he had been resurrected and that his tomb was empty a few days after his death and they told others about it. This belief empowered them to do things which were nothing short of miraculous. Of course there is the very existence of the church itself.
On several occasions Jesus himself predicted what would happen to him. The cumulative case for a faith based on the events of the first Easter is powerful and compelling.
The Roman authorities at the time seemed to have been paralysed into inactivity. At no time did they try to discredit the stories circulating about Jesus’ appearances to his followers. At no time did the produce a body to refute the resurrection stories nor did they try to imply that the disciples had stolen it and hidden it.
As C S Lewis a well-known religious author says.
"Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." -- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
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The Reverend Tony Gilbert
Tony with his wife Nicola