Contain a Lie!
Some insist the issue of Christ's resurrection is
a matter of blind faith. Charles Colson would disagree [testimony]. In fact, he would offer a
contemporary parallel that offers a compelling argument in support of the biblical assertion
that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Colson served as special counsel to President
Richard Nixon. He was also a co-conspirator in the infamous Watergate cover-up. As a result,
Colson pled guilty to the crime of obstruction of justice and did time in a federal
With the Watergate scandal unfolding, Colson began
a soul quest that concluded with a commitment to Jesus Christ. Later, as he began to ponder
one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith -- the resurrection -- Colson found his
conspiracy experience to be most enlightening.
Reflecting on the Watergate scandal in his book,
Loving God, Colson writes:
"With the most powerful office in the world at
stake, a small band of hand-picked loyalists, no more than ten of us, could not hold a
conspiracy together more than two weeks. Yet, even the prospect of jeopardizing the President
we'd worked so hard to elect, of losing the prestige, power, and personal luxury of our
offices was not enough incentive to make this group of men contain a lie. Nor, as I reflect
today, was the pressure really all that great. There was certain to be keen embarrassment; at
the worst, some might go to prison; though that possibility was by no means certain. But no
one was in grave danger; no one's life was at stake.
"This is why the Watergate experience is so
instructive for me. If John Dean and the rest of us were so panic stricken, not by the
prospect of beatings and execution, but by political disgrace and a possible prison term, one
can only speculate about the emotions of the disciples.
"Unlike men in the White House, the disciples were
powerless people, abandoned by their leader, homeless in a conquered land. Yet they clung
tenaciously to their enormously offensive story that their leader had risen from his ignoble
death and was alive -- and was the Lord!
"Take if from one who was inside the Watergate
web, who saw firsthand how vulnerable a cover-up is: nothing less than a witness as awesome
as the resurrected Christ could have caused those men to maintain to their dying whispers
that Jesus is alive and the Lord."
There are many religions present in the world.
Each contains wisdom and philosophical insight that adherents find helpful. However, only one
has as its author a man who claimed to be God and then validated that assertion by
resurrecting from the dead. As a result, the followers of Jesus Christ everywhere celebrate
his triumph over death. To them it is more than blind faith; it is a living
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[from BP News website, Apr 17, 2003, By Kelly
Boggs; posted here 20 April 2003]