Sunday School Christian II
“[F]or I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for your sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared … to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive … .” (1Corinthians 15:3-4;5a-6)(E.S.V. here and throughout.)
At verse 17 of the same chapter, Paul writes “… if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”
This truth is foundational. It is axiomatic that without the resurrection Jesus’ death loses its meaning. The resurrection is the proof that his death was efficacious. You cannot be a Christian without accepting the fact of the resurrection.
Put in terms of my earlier article, “Sunday School Christian I”, you have to accept the fact of the supernatural work of the Creator. There can be no “natural” explanation for the resurrection of Jesus or our resurrection when returns for us. Let’s build on that.
In Sunday School, we learn a lot of Old Testament stories in addition to those in the New
Testament. We learn that the first man was Adam and the first woman was Eve. But, we learn more than that. We learn that Adam was made from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7) and Eve was made from a part of Adam’s side (Genesis 2:22).
We also learned about Noah and the Flood, Moses and the burning bush, the plagues in Egypt,
Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.
Later we learn about Jonah and the big fish/whale, Job, David killing Goliath, Elijah being taken to heaven in a chariot. Think back over all of these things that you were taught about the Bible. How many of them required the supernatural?
As well as the above list, you were hopefully taught that if you believe in Jesus and trust him that when you die you will go to be with him.
What is “natural” about that? What in the laws of nature explain that? How is having eternal life with the Creator anything but supernatural? We have to acknowledge that it is supernatural.
Knowing that our life in eternity is dependent on the supernatural, we need to be honest about the other
Biblical events that are supernatural.
Think again about the things you learned in Sunday School. What is so difficult about parting a sea for a God who raises a man from the dead?
What is difficult about that same God preserving a man’s life in a large fish/whale?
Without the supernatural, we are lost. Why look for a “natural” explanation for creation? Why look for a “natural” explanation for our existence?
Can science explain the resurrection? Of course not, yet we are wholly dependent on it for our place with the Creator in eternity.
Knowing that science cannot explain this essential of our Christian existence, why do we yield to science to explain the rest of the supernatural? Why do we look for “natural” explanations for the creation of the universe and human beings?
This is not to say that science cannot help us understand what God created. It certainly can. But it cannot explain the how of it because creation is supernatural, beyond the laws of nature. There is no “natural” explanation for how God made Adam from the dust of the earth. He did not make him from another living being. He made him from inanimate earth. That is supernatural.
There is a difference between trying to understand how God works and seeking to explain life without acknowledging him as he as revealed himself in the Scriptures. The former honors him. The latter denies him.
Simply put, he is either the Creator or he is not. He either interacted with humans in the person of Jesus or he did not. There is no middle ground.
As a Christian, you are dependent on the Creator’s supernatural acts of the virgin conception, the resurrection of Jesus and the forgiveness of sins, for “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”
P.S. If, for continuity purposes, you want a copy of “Sunday School Christian I”, you may request one at worthyp@comcast .net.