Perhaps this title describes some of your good Christian friends, they are nice but for lack of a better word simply crazy. They want more from life and happens to call it Christian. Maybe you are my friend and you are like, yeah that narrows it down.
I mean, how can you believe a man who says there’s life beyond the grave? And you know they will be on it again this Easter calling you to investigate Jesus’ claim on this.
Are they Crazy?
But while all Christians might be crazy you think some of them should know better. I mean in other matters they seem to use brains but on this, well, not much seems to be going on upstairs. How can that be!
In the first century, some of the well educated and respected religious leaders were confronted with this claim of the resurrection. The Sadducees would have none of it, once dead always dead, they said. Anybody who claimed life beyond the grave was simply a nutcase. So they came to Jesus with this question.
18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question …Mark 12.
They told him a scenario that would discredit the resurrection, as it would mean chaos for their marriage traditions.
…23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” …Mark 12
But unlike us, the Sadducees should have known better regarding God’s power and his plan since they would have believed in the Jewish scriptures and were creationists after all.
Why would the God who made the world not be able to breathe life to the dead? And as Jesus tells them, if they paid attention they would see the witness of their Scriptures about life beyond the grave.
24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?…26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!” Mark 12
Their forefather Abraham was a witness against them of those dead yet living. Jesus says, God is not the God of those who once believed but now gone but dead and yet still living.
And if they studied the Psalms and the Prophets they would have come to the conclusion that God’s plan was to make Jesus, the Christ, king of God’s new creation with eternal life for his people.
Maybe not Crazy!
Perhaps your Christian friend is not crazy to believe in life beyond the grave. God’s power and the Old Testament in the Bible bear witness of this. That’s before we even consider Jesus own resurrection from the 4 eyewitness accounts and other New Testament books. At this point, we don’t even need to go to other reliable extra-Biblical sources.
As a matter of fact, these religious leaders would have been witnesses to Jesus raising the dead. Which means this was not just a question of evidence but of faith in God and his plan.
A Question of morality!
At the beginning of this chapter, in Mark 12:1-12, their real motivation behind their question is exposed, they didn’t want anything to do with God’s Son as they wanted to keep their authority on God’s people. And the story ends with them killing God’s Son to usurp him. Unfortunately their reign and logic are shortlived as 3 days later he is raised from the tomb.
They wanted to keep God’s vineyard and its fruits for themselves. Just as we want to keep what God has given and entrusted to us without regard to our Creator and his rights on his creation.
They failed and stand in judgment as will all those who rebel against God’s king. They should have paid attention to the Psalms:
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
What about you?
Perhaps our problem with Christianity is not one of evidence but of morality. It’s not that there’s not enough evidence to believe in Jesus claims but that we don’t want to believe it to be true. And if it is evidence then in the Bible God tells us a lot to convince us on this if only we would listen to him.
Dreamer or Christian?
Paul says that if there’s no resurrection then all your Christian friends have wasted their lives for nothing and we are wasting your time. If so then it’s time to wake up from this drunken stupor.
What’s worse, if this is true then your Christian friend is not a nice person after all but a liar and a false witness who should be in prison.
…13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.14 And if Christ has not been raised,our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised
…19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians 15.
If I was your Christian friend I would desperately want you to investigate this further, perhaps by reading one of the eye-witness accounts like Mark’s Gospel alone, with a friend or visiting a church where the Bible is clearly taught. Don’t just assume the stories you had in school or in religious debates. So much is at stake here.
And if you are a non-believing, loving friend or family to a Christian then don’t let them waste their lives or continue to live in this madness. Talk to them about their faith in Jesus.