Did Jesus Fail at His Job?
by Nathan Betts
“So, is it true that Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead?” My skeptical friend had been peppering me with questions about my Christian faith. The validity and meaning of Christ’s resurrection now became his point of focus. “Yes, that is true,” I said. His voice grew louder, “Well, if it is true that Jesus died and rose again, doesn’t that mean that evil has been conquered?” I just listened and waited for him to finish his thought. “But there is still a lot of evil in this world,” emotion filled his voice, “And if there is all this evil around us, it seems to me that Jesus failed at his job.”
As I listened to my friend’s question and the verbal jabs he aimed at the Christian faith, a sense of indignation grew within me like lava bubbling under the earth’s crust. I was offended, not by the intellectual accusations, but by the way in which my friend charged at my faith on an emotional level…