An entry from my personal journal that seemed useful to share:
I met an all-too-common anomaly this week named Juan.
Juan is an Argentinian man I sat beside on a flight from the Twin Cities to Chicago earlier this week (which in time, was last week). He identified himself as a Christian, and without skipping a breath, denied the resurrection of Christ. “My mind just can’t embrace the idea of resurrection,” he said.
After announcing to this fella the truth of Christ the Lord alive forevermore, and that the Scriptures teach that more than 500 eye-witnesses saw Jesus alive from the dead most of whom were still living at the time the account was written (1 Cor. 15:6), Juan, the scientifically-minded physical therapist, offered the following response:
“In my field, a study of five consistent results, and we say, ‘Let’s do more research, we think we’re on to something.’ Fifty consistent results, we say, ‘We have no reason to think we haven’t gotten this right, but let’s test ourselves further to make sure.’ Five-hundred, and we confidently say, ‘We’re certain this is the case.'”
Yet after hearing that Christ, after His resurrection, appeared “to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now” (1 Cor. 15:6), Juan still could not accept the obvious fact. Worse than that, he is under the worst kind of delusion–thinking he’s safe from the wrath to come without embracing the only Savior.
There are so many who presume upon God’s grace while denying His gospel truth. God, do the miracle of opening Juan’s eyes to the Living Christ!