The Importance of Christ’s Death and Resurrection

The stone rolling away from the tomb

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” 1 Corinthians 1:1-2

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

What is the proof for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

“… and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.” 1 Corinthians 15:6-8

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Is Jesus The Messiah of God?

Christ on His Throne

One of the most powerful things Jesus said to His disciples before He went to the Cross is this in the Gospel of Luke.

“Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, ‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.’ But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.” Luke 18:31-3

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The Existence of God (Part 10)

God Inscription

  • The Cosmological Argument
  • The Teleological Argument
  • The Law of Causality
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics
  • The Moral Law Argument

These and other arguments for the existence of God are not absolute proofs of His existence. The one absolute proof is God’s Word. It stands alone in the universe as absolute Truth and needs no assistance from human wisdom and insight. However, the various laws presented in our faith defense are based on science, logic and reasoning – something skeptics and scoffers say they trust more than faith. While these arguments and laws do not prove absolutely that God exists, they do present a powerful argument for the strong possibility – in fact, the probability – that God exists. For anyone to say otherwise is to say they are not interested in searching science, logic and reasoning for truth. In fact, anyone who will not declare that the existence of God is possible after hearing our arguments is demonstrating their complete lack of faith in anything scientific, logical or reasonable. If after sharing the many laws of science and arguments from logic with an atheist or agnostic and they continue to deny the reasonable possibility of God’s existence, you may want to quote this verse to them  – “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.” (Psalm 53:1) I can promise you that it will not endear you to your audience, but it is an honest summation of their moral and intellectual poverty.

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The Existence of God (Part 9)

God Inscription

Moral Argument

For thousands of years, societies have developed around common beliefs about protecting and providing for families. Moral law – and the enforcement of it – have been foundational to that protection and provision. If an atheist was robbed at gunpoint and badly beaten, they would have no need to call police to investigate because they don’t believe in moral law. Why would they want police to capture the robber and put him in prison when there are no absolute standards – no moral values? Why would they want the robber to be tried in a court of law when all the robber was doing was what was right in his own eyes? There are no human rights without Moral Law. There is no justice or injustice without Moral Law. There is no right or wrong without Moral Law.

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The Existence of God (Part 6)

God Inscription

The Law of Causality

This defense can be stated in many ways:

  • Causality is the relationship between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is understood as a consequence of the first.
  • The law of causality states that every material effect must have an adequate antecedent cause.
  • If every material effect has an adequate antecedent cause, and if the Universe is a material effect, then the Universe had a cause.

We saw this idea earlier in our study about the Cosmological Argument – “Everything which has had a beginning was produced by a sufficient cause. The Universe has had a beginning, and therefore must have had a cause sufficient to bring it into existence.”

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