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The Believers’ Proof
Ours is an age of religious pluralism,
easy believe-ism, and idolatry. Secular
“He is not here,
humanism has taught us to believe that
for He has risen,
morality is relative and ethics are situation-
al. The god we are looking for lies within.
just as He said.
Truth has been relegated to technology,
Come, see the
and beauty has been subjected to the eye
of the beholder. Feelings have come to be
place where
synonymous with being. We have been
schooled through academia and pop cul-
He was lying.”
ture to believe there are no absolutes.
—Matthew 28:6
“After all,” we hear, “all roads lead to god.
We are all going to the same place, just
taking different routes to get us there.”
Buddhists are committed to the eight-
fold plan of right living and hope for Nir-
vana, which is the elimination of all
desire. Hindus seek freedom from Karma
through good works and selfless actions.
Shintos strive for salvation that basically
is defined as a healthy, robust life in the
here and now. Followers of Islam seek
acceptance by doing the will of Allah as
practiced in “the five pillars.”
But what separates Christianity from
all other religions of the world is an
empty tomb and the words of a living
Christ who says, “Do not be afraid; I am
the first and the last, and the living One;
and I was dead, and behold, I am alive
forevermore, and I have the keys of death
and of Hades” (Revelation 1:17-18).
I once read of a Buddhist in Africa
who was converted to Christianity. When
asked why he changed religions, he
replied, “It’s like this: If you were walking
along and came to a fork in the road and
two men were there, one was dead and
the other was alive, which man’s direc-
revived Him. But could a wounded victim but Christ lives; kings are crowned and tion would you follow?”
be able to push a heavy stone away and kings are uncrowned, but Christ lives;
elude the guards? emperors decree Christ’s extinction, but
* Scriptures are from the New American
Others have said that Christ’s enemies Christ lives; skeptics mock and skeptics
Standard Bible.
stole His body, but would not they have die, but Christ lives.”
produced the body to refute the disciples’ Edward Gibbon, in The Decline and Mark L. Williams serves as
preaching on the Resurrection? Would Fall of the Roman Empire, stated that dur- assistant general overseer for
they have been willing to die for a Christ ing the decline of the Roman Empire, all the Church of God.
they knew was dead? religions were regarded by the people as
In the words of Erwin Lutzer, “King- equally true, by the philosophers as
Erwin W. Lutzer, Christ Among Other gods: A
doms come and kingdoms go, but Christ equally false, and by the politicians as
Defense of Christ in an Age of Tolerance (Moody
lives; centuries come and centuries go, equally useful. Sound familiar? Press: Chicago, 1994)142.
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