One is constantly amazed by liberal theologians (people who give no indication that they are inspired by the Holy Spirit). Why do they deny the resurrection of Jesus? Isn't it logical that the only entrance into the Kingdom of God is by forgiveness of sins (made possible by Jesus' sinless Virgin Birth, and death on the Cross)? Isn't it logical that eternal life on the renewed earth is only made possible by Jesus' resurrection as the first fruits from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-21)?
What happens without the resurrection?
- Preaching and faith is useless: 'And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith' (1 Corinthians 15:14).
- The saints have no hope of ever being resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). So they will never see the face of God (Revelation 21:4).
- Through the resurrection of Jesus we have new birth into a living hope of an inheritance that can never spoil or fade (1 Peter 1:3-4). Without hope, who will be able to withstand the attacks of the enemy? Hope makes life worth living.
If Jesus was not raised from the dead, there is no Gospel, no eternal life and no reason for following Christ. Our attitude towards false preachers should be to pray for them, but to reject what they teach. If they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they would have taught the truth according to the Scriptures.