A FEW weeks ago at Girls’ Brigade we began discussing Easter. The first question I asked was ‘What is Easter all about?’ The reply I got was chocolate eggs and bunnies. The discussion progressed and once I had finished explaining the Easter story to the group, one of the girls asked: ‘How do you know that happened?’
Although this question seemed to be a quick answer from a teenager, it actually was one that we should be asking ourselves regularly. How do we know? The Christian philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich once said “Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith”.
Many people throughout time have questioned Christianity and the Bible. Albert Henry Ross (1881-1950) was a writer with the pseudonym Frank Morison. He was extremely sceptical regarding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and so set out to prove that what we are told in the Bible was a myth. He started work on his piece ‘Jesus – the Last Phase’, analysing sources and the Bible and recording his findings. While doing this he found that in fact there was no evidence to support his thoughts and that the crucifixion and resurrection must have happened.
This resulted in him admitting defeat and writing the book ‘Who Moved The Stone’ which confirms that Jesus did die but also that he rose again.
As children we constantly question in a bid to learn, but as we become adults this need to question fades. When dealing with our faith we should always be questionable and at times sceptical in a bid to develop our knowledge, just as the disciples, when they were informed Jesus body had disappeared. If, as them, we trust in God, our questions will be answered and our faith will continue to grow.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)
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