I [encourage] students to talk about Christianity in the context of reality where terms like truth, knowledge, reason, and evidence apply. Any claim about reality is either true or false (it can’t be both). If Christianity is not the kind of thing that can be true or false…the battle has already been lost and the Gospel cannot be seriously considered. We need to talk about Christianity in the same way we talk about having a prescription filled at the pharmacy or receiving instruction from a doctor.
In today’s society, religion is a fuzzy (i.e., socially constructed or psychologically projected) category that makes little difference in everyday life. But if Christianity is true, then it speaks to ALL of life. It makes a comprehensive claim on reality. Jesus didn’t intend to merely address two hours of our week. As Christians we need to have more conversations about reality and less about religion. – Jonathan Morrow (From, How To Have Better Conversations With People About Christianity)
via If Christianity is true, then it speaks to all of life.
In 1Corinthians 15:14, the Apostle Paul stated “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Reflecting on the truth of that passage gives rise to other realities that would have to logically follow if Christ has not been raised from death and is not alive. If Christ has not been raised, then: Untold millions of people have believed in a hoax for over 20 centuries.
If Christ has not been raised, then: The disciples and other original Christ followers, fabricated his appearances and then died willingly for what they knew was a lie.
If Christ has not been raised, then: Christ essentially committed suicide by not denying his claims to deity when he had the opportunity and willfully allowed himself to be crucified.
If Christ has not been raised, then: Christ was not really a great person and moral teacher. Instead he was history’s greatest deceiver and lunatic.
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If they’re used very much at all, written materials nowadays eventually wear out and fall apart and must be discarded. Our modern economy of disposable and replaceable abundance — including cheap paperbacks and, now, e-books — makes this “waste” inconsequential.In the ancient world, though, papyrus scrolls and parchments animal skin were very expensive and much more durable than modern books. Since they were written out and copied by hand, such books were both relatively rare and highly treasured.
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via Hamblin & Peterson: Christian beliefs are rooted in reliable early records | Deseret News.