Christianity is unlike any other religion in that is rises or falls based upon a historical claim. While other religions use subjective means that cannot be evidenced one way or another (e.g. Mormonism says you know it is correct because your heart will tell you), Christianity is based upon something objective. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19,
Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
In short: If Jesus did not rise from the dead then all of Christianity is wrong. It’s all laid out there on the line. This is not a generic statement. Either Jesus Christ is risen from the dead or you are wasting your time with Christianity. On the other hand, if Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, then we can have full faith that the Word of God is completely accurate and that Jesus is the Savior of the world. [Read more…]