Monday 21 August 2017

Michael Collins: Easter and resurrection can be a hard sell for God's salesmen

Polish catholic devotees re-enact the
Polish catholic devotees re-enact the "Way of the Cross" on Good Friday as part of Holy Week celebrations near Gdansk, northern Poland

Michael Collins

CHRISTIANS believe in a lot of extraordinary things. Many are easy to believe in: being honest, generous to the poor and kind to the sick. These are indeed human characteristics to which virtually all of us aspire.

However, there is one thing which is really hard to believe in, and that is the resurrection. The idea that Jesus of Nazareth, a man who lived 2,000 years ago, rose from the dead is a challenge.

It was, however, like that from the beginning. The Gospel writers honestly relate the dismay of his followers. When reports began to circulate that Jesus had risen, the Gospel writers indicated that some thought the body had been stolen from the grave.

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