Sunday is Resurrection Day. My message title is stolen from a C. S. Lewis essay, in the book, God in the Dock. (If you do not own a copy, go on Amazon buy it today.)
In this essay he says:
“One is very often asked at present whether we could not have a Christianity stripped, or, as people who ask it say, ‘freed’ from the miraculous elements, a Christianity with it’s miraculous elements suppressed. Now, it seems to me that precisely the one religion in the world, or, at least, the only the only one I know, with which you could not do that is Christianity. In a religion like Buddhism, if you took away the miracles attributed to Gautama Buddha in some very late sources, there would be no loss; in fact, the religion would get on very much better without them because in that case the miracles largely contradict the teaching. Or even in the case of Mohammedanism, nothing essential would be altered if you took away the miracles. You could have a great prophet preaching his dogmas without bringing in any miracles; they are only in the nature of digression, or illuminated capitals. But you cannot possibly do that with Christianity, because the Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left.”
Paul said it first, “…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins,” 1 Corinthians 15:17. What an absolutely terrifying thought, still in our sins!
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