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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

24 April 2019: John Studd, Life Church Petersfield

Belief and Proof

Following on from the Easter weekend it is appropriate to recall a recent survey undertaken for the BBC, which asked, “Did the resurrection of Jesus happen? They found that:

As a Christian I believe the whole of the Nicene Creed (which dates from the 4th century), part of which states:

For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

The important word here is believe – if the statement above could be proved then we would not have the free will that God gave us – the free will to have faith to believe or reject.

If there were a Pythagorian Creed it would state something like this:

I know and can prove that in a right-angled triangle the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.

It is quite easy to prove that this is the case and there is no room for doubt - count the squares on the image at the right!

It is not possible to prove the Easter story - though there is a wealth of supporting evidence; we need to examine the four gospels in the New Testament and make up our own minds what we believe. There have been several accounts of non-believers who have examined these, and other sections of the Bible, and come to faith as a result - see the book list below.

Why not take a look? If you don't have a Bible you can download a copy onto your smart phone or browse one on your computer.

It might be the most significant thing you've ever done.

See a report and photographs of the Good Friday Walk of Witness and Service in The Square

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