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Do Christ’s divinity and resurrection defy common sense?
by Scott Youngren
“The ghostly presence of virtual particles defies rational common sense and is non-intuitive for those unacquainted with physics. Religious belief in God, and Christian belief that God became Man around two thousand years ago, may seem strange to common-sense thinking. But when the most elementary physical things behave in this way, we should be prepared to accept that the deepest aspects of our existence go beyond our common-sense intuitions.” –Nobel Prize winning physicist Tony Hewish as cited in the forward to John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale’s book Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief.
The following piece of “common sense” wisdom spread like wildfire in early 2006, and before: “Real estate prices only go up, because they aren’t making any more land…so invest in real estate.” Sadly, many people uncritically accepted this “common sense” view just before the real estate collapse of 2006. Largely, this was the result of failing to expend the time and effort necessary to arm oneself with all of the facts and reasoning available, so as to ensure that one’s “common sense” was truly a fully informed common sense. (And if I was one of those people, I would never admit it). Passively accepting “common sense” wisdom from one’s social/cultural environment can have dire consequences, because one cannot be certain that one has all of the facts unless one actually does the homework.
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For a very select few who did the “heavy lifting” necessary to fully inform themselves about the true nature of the real estate market, however, not only was financial disaster averted, but fortunes were made. The hedge fund manager John Paulson, for example, made billions of dollars from the real estate crash by correctly assessing the true nature of the real-estate market…a bubble about to burst.
In a similar light, to those willing to invest the time and effort in examining the claims about the divinity of Jesus, a spiritual fortune awaits. Fortunately, the time and effort required to obtain this spiritual fortune is far less than that which was required of those who profited from the real estate crash. This is partly due to the fact that much of the “heavy lifting” has already been done by others.
Albert Einstein once commented that, “It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.” And the Biblical claims surrounding Jesus’ divinity and resurrection are prejudicially rejected by many….with little or no examination of the evidence…
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