I like absolutes, black and white not grey. Much of our thinking and actions fall into the realm of relativism today. Relativism is “the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.” Some things are relative I guess. However, logic and sound reasoning screams to me that absolutes exist. Truth is not relative to how the wind blows at the moment, truth is absolute.

The Apostle Paul spoke in absolutes when he spoke of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the coming resurrection of Christians. I speak to my Christian friends when I say read carefully and thoughtfully the following words…

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (1 Cor. 15:12-19)

All of Christianity hangs of the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ, absolutely! Note what he says if there is no bodily resurrection:
1. (v.14) Preaching is vain.
2. (v.14) Faith is vain.
3. (v.15) Christians are lairs because we are telling people that God raised Jesus from the dead.
4. (v.16) We are still in sin. We are not forgiven. There is no forgiveness of sin if Christ did not rise.

5. (v.18) All of those who have died believing in the Resurrected Christ have forever perished.
All of those are absolutes! No relativism in what he presents here. For many years I have epically pondered what he says in (v.19), “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”. If Christ did not rise

from the dead, then our “hope” is only good for this side of the grave, this life! WHAT GOOD IS THAT??? The grave is getting closer every day my friend and eternity draws nearer every minute. Now note the words, “most miserable”, it is one word in the greek (eleeinos)it means “to be pitied”. So what is Paul saying? If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then those who have died believing he did and those of us believing at this moment should be pitied. Pitied because we are fools, we’ve been duped; we’ve been suckered…IF Christ be not risen!
If Christ be not raised then Christianity is dead! There simply is no other outcome. If Christ be not raised, then we Christians are floating our ship in a dead river of religion going nowhere but out into an unknown eternity with the rest of the religions of the world!

After Paul, in his brilliant logical manner, stated those absolutes of “what if Jesus be not raised”, He made this absolute:

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1Cor.15:20-22)

Yes, He is alive! And what Paul sums up here, is that all of humanity falls under one of two federal heads. You are either in Adam, or in Christ. In Adam, death awaits you. In Christ, resurrection awaits you. You may ask, “How do I get in Adam?” Friend, you and I both are in Adam by simply being born into the human race. You may ask, “Well, how do I get in Christ?” Just as you were born into Adam you must be “born” into Jesus Christ by turning and believing in Him.

But at the end of the day YOU must decide. I would encourage you to listen to the evidence, read the historical account contained in the Four Gospels. You may say, “I don’t believe the Bible”. I’m not asking you to believe the Bible, I’m asking you to let the Bible take the witness stand and be heard.

You may say, “I don’t think the Bible is a credible witness”. Are you sure about that? For more on this take a look at what Simon Greenleaf, a professor of Law had to say.