To be pitied above all people

Paul Argues in 1 Corinthians 15:

“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 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. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 

I can see why Paul draws this conclusion, but I don’t understand this as a good argument for the resurrection of the dead.  Does our joy in Christ prove that the joy will last?  I am not sure that this makes sense.

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2 responses to “To be pitied above all people

  1. Our Good Friday post has a newly updated version of the Scriptures of Jesus if you are interested, love and light Scott.

  2. Mr. Kierkegaard says:
    “…in every expression of truth or of true love there exists the possibility of deception which corresponds to it exactly…Precisely because existence will test you, tests your love or whether there is love in you, for this very reason…it presents you with truth and deception as two equal possibilities in contrast to each other, so that there must be a revelation of what is in you since you judge, that is, since in judging you choose.

    …existence must be so arranged that you do not with the aid of certainty in knowledge slink out of revealing yourself in judging, or in the way you judge. When deception and truth are presented as two equal possibilities in contrast to each other, the decision is whether there is love or mistrust in you.”

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