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Opinion / Religion - April 5, 2021

Mike's World View - By Mike Henry

I have sometimes heard it argued that even if I knew that Christianity wasn’t true I would still choose to be a Christian because of the benefits of living a Christian life.
Well, I’m not sure I agree, and I know the apostle Paul doesn’t. He wrote in I Cor. 15, that great resurrection chapter, verse 19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” He seals the argument in verse 32, “If the dead do not rise, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” In other words, why suffer loss for the sake of Christ if there’s no eternal gain (resurrection). You would be wiser to just live (like the world does) for the pleasures of sin for a season, if a season is all there is.
Now, the hypothetical argument is flawed because the reason we experience such blessings in the Christian life (love, joy, peace, etc) is because it is true. If Jesus were simply making false claims there would be no Holy Spirit to bring about this awesome change in our lives through regeneration.
It appears that a fresh waive of persecution is coming for Christians in America. Will we stand true to the Lord and His Word? Is it worth it to suffer the loss of reputation, job, and freedom? I would argue that it is, precisely because He is risen, He is Lord, and He is worthy. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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