Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Risen Christ, A Test of Logic


By Photios Kontoglou

A Christian's faith is tested with the Resurrection of Christ as gold in the furnace. Of the entire Gospel, the Resurrection of Christ is the most unbelievable thing, totally incomprehensible logically, a true torture for it. But because it is a thing altogether incredible, this is why our whole faith is needed to believe it. We humans often say that we have faith, but we only have it for what is believed by the mind. But then there is no need for faith, since logic is enough. Belief is needed for the unbelievable.

Most people are faithless. The very disciples of Christ did not have faith in the words of their Teacher whenever He said that He would be raised, despite all the respect and loyalty they had for Him and the trust they had in His words. And when the Myrrhbearers in the morning went to the tomb of Christ, they saw two angels who spoke, saying that He rose, and they ran to tell the joyful news to the disciples, but they did not believe their words, having the idea that it was in their fantasies: "But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense" (Lk. 24:11).

Do you see with what faithlessness Christ Himself had to struggle with? And from His own disciples. You see with what long-suffering He endured everything? And with all this, till now most of us are separated from Christ by a cold wall, the wall of unbelief. He opens to us His arms and invites us, but we deny Him. He shows us the pierced hands and feet, and we say that we don't see them. We are looking to find support for our belief to satisfy our ego, with what is called Philosophy and Science. The word "Resurrection" does not fit into the books of our knowledge.

Yes, those who have this blessed simplicity of intellect, the Lord blessed, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall they shall see God." And Thomas, who sought to touch Him in order to believe, said: "Because you have seen Thomas, you believe? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Let us ask the Lord to give us this rich poverty and pure heart to see Him risen that we may also rise with Him.

This ignorance is superior to knowledge. Of good fortune three times over are those who have it.

Christ is Risen!

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos

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