Questions of faith and love
“…although the historical arguments for Jesus’s bodily resurrection are truly strong, we must never suppose that they will do more than bring people to the questions faced by Thomas and Peter, the questions of faith and love. We cannot use a supposedly objective historical epistemology as the ultimate ground for the truth of Easter. To do so would be like someone who lit a candle to see whether the sun had risen.”
— N. T. Wright
I imagine that Wright’s words will make sense to many of us who believe in the resurrection as the pivotal moment in history. For others, they may be puzzling, even nonsensical.
Faith, hope, love; each is ultimately a decision that goes far beyond initial acceptance of the idea. For skeptics, the decision to adopt a belief system that defies natural law and human tendency may appear as the most difficult step of becoming a disciple of Jesus. Yet it’s only the first step in a lifetime of challenge and growth.
Experience will teach us that truth goes deeper than objective “fact” and encompasses far more than historical events and individual testimonies, however trustworthy and proven they may be. If our journey is a long one by earthly standards, we likely will look back in astonishment at how much bigger, brighter and overwhelmingly awe-inspiring the truth has become; how little of it, we now realize, that we have known, and how much we long for the morning when the brilliance of sunrise will render our little candles obsolete.
Until then, we rejoice that we “know whom [we] have believed.” Happy Easter!