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Fact or Opinion?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection.” (Acts 23:8)

The lines between fact and opinion can become confusingly blurred. Yet a fact is what’s ultimately true. An opinion is what someone believes to be true — it may or may not be actual fact.

 

The Sadducees were a group of Jewish leaders, and their opinion was that there is no resurrection from the dead. They denied that one’s soul is immortal, as well as the possibility of life after death.

 

I love how Jesus answered the Sadducees in Mark 12:24-27. He said they were “in error” and “badly mistaken.” God is not the God of the dead, but of the living!

 

Why wasn’t Jesus’ answer in this debate just an opinion too? The answer lies in who Jesus is. He is the Son of God. He came to earth to live among us as a human being. He was the first to rise from the dead. He has complete knowledge of those things that remain a mystery to us.

 

What did he say about the subject? He said, “Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19) He said, “Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms … I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-2) He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25)

 

In discussions about religion, how do you what’s true? How do you know what to stake your trust and hope upon? Go to the Bible — the true Word of God. Read the words of Jesus. As He said in John 14:6, He is “the way and the truth and the life.”

 


Dear Father,

We are in awe of Your promises.

There is sure and certain hope beyond this life.

You are preparing a place for those who are Yours in Christ Jesus.

Your words are true, and we trust them.

Thank You for Your grace and mercy poured out upon us.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Donna Farris
Writer/Editor, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

ACTS 22:30; 23:6-11 ● PSALM 16:1-2A AND 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 ● JOHN 17:20-26

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