Following on from my post yesterday, the reality I was referring to is what also I would think of as ‘truth’. That is, that a thing is, or is so. So someones opinion is real and valid, but it does not mean it is true, just as you may be able to see a face i a cloud, but that doesn’t mean it’s a picture of a face. You seeing the face is real, but the face isn’t.
My point is this notion of “all things are true” and such when it comes to belief. How so? If something is true that thing is reality, but many beliefs contradict. The beliefs are real but what the believer believes in is either true or false; there’s no half-way. In fact, if there was a half-way, it would undermine the belief itself. In the end, only one course will be found to be true. If what I believe and shape my life around “wouldn’t work for you” then it must be worthless to me as well, because if it isn’t universal it can’t be true, and I’m wasting my time.
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
~ 1 Corinthians 15v13-22