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We Are Of All Men Most Miserable If Christ Did Not Rise From The Dead, Ken Maley And The Westar Institute Go To Opposite Extremes, Christ Is Risen From The Dead, Our Faith Is Not In Vain, Spiritual Bodies, Conclusion, Suggesting Reading List
So what about the latter extreme; that is, the conclusions of the Jesus Seminar? It should be evident to you that what we have basically been told is that Jesus is not who the Bible says He is. If Jesus is not who He says He is, and if He truly did not rise from the dead, and if He does not really now sit at the right hand of the Father, then like the Apostle Paul, what is their left for any of us to say other than this:
"But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."
1 Corinthians 15:13-19, KJV
You see, that is the end result of believing anything that the Westar Institute and the Jesus Seminar say. We are lost. We are without hope. Our faith is a total waste of our time. We have been deceived. Once we are dead, we are dead, and it is the end of the road, and the end of the story for us. The Westar Institute and the conclusions of the Jesus Seminar go to the exact opposite extreme of Ken Maley. We go from being "God" to being absolutely nothing after death. We can forget about the new heaven and new Earth, and New Jerusalem must surely be a pipe dream to the Westar Institute. However, I do not accept that nonsense; do you? The Apostle Paul obviously didn't either. That is why in the very same wonderful chapter of 1 Corinthians 15 he also writes the following:
"Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? . . . But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming . . . Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 15:12, 20-23, 51-58, KJV
Following are some additional inspiring verses which discuss this very same topic. Please read them and rejoice, knowing that, as the Apostle Paul writes, your faith is not in vain, contrary to what the devilish Jesus Seminar promotes:
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"
Romans 6:4-5, KJV
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
Romans 8:29, KJV
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life."
2 Corinthians 5:1-4, KJV
"Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Philippians 3:21, KJV
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
1 John 3:2, KJV
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, KJV
With these inspiring verses I will bring this series to its conclusion. I trust that you have found it informative, and I pray that it has been an inspiration and a blessing in your life. If you happen to have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thanks so much, and may God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which are related to this series, and which are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
Beware of Wolves, False Brethren and Antichrists!
Is Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God?
Is the KJV Bible the Inerrant Word of God?
Message to the World
Not Everyone is a Child of God
Once Upon a Time: A True Story
Queen James Bible: Blasphemous Abomination Exposed!
Sex, a Bowl of Soup, and the Nature of Angels
The Book of Enoch: Truth or Heresy?
The Psalm 83 War False Doctrine Exposed!
The Gospel of Thomas: Introspection or Heaven-Spection?
The Urantia Book: A Dangerous New Age Doctrine!
The Urantia Book: An Attack on the Blood Atonement!