9/28/16 Why Are You Trying To Live As A Christian If You Believe Christianity Is A Lie?

“There are some who practice baptism of the dead, where a living person is baptized in place of one who has died.  Usually, in this practice, the dead person is laid on a bed and a living person lies down underneath the bed.  The dead person is asked if he wants to be baptized, and, since he is dead and unable to answer, the living person responds for him and is baptized in his place.  Now, I don’t in any way condone this, as it is superstition and shows lack of faith in Jesus as the only way to be saved from our sins.  But for those who believe in it, what good is it if there is no resurrection of the dead?  If death is the end, and there is nothing that comes after, why bother trying to baptize a dead person?  His life is over.  Still, there are even some who practice baptism of the dead who don’t believe in resurrection!  It is simply a superstitious ritual for them.  For those of us who are followers of Jesus, it is even more absurd to disbelieve in resurrection.  Why should we constantly put ourselves in danger for something that isn’t real?  I declare to you by the people I have led to our Messiah that I die every day.  If I fight with my adversaries just as a mortal man without hope in my Messiah to save me from my sins and deliver me out of death, what do I gain?  Truly, if there is no such thing as resurrection of the dead, we should abide by the saying, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!’  But we know that Jesus died to give us life, not just here on earth but everlasting life in Heaven, and that cannot be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.  So don’t let yourselves be persuaded against this truth, and remember the saying, ‘Evil company or words corrupt good habits.’  Wake up and see what is happening to you, where you are being led.  Turn your life around, be sober, and live as God would have you live, not in sin, as you are living now.  Some of you don’t even have this simple, basic, knowledge of God, and yet you call yourselves Christians!  You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

 

1 Corinthians 15:29-34, Isaiah 22:13

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