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You Can't Contain a Lie!

Some insist that the issue of Christ's resurrection is a matter of blind faith. Charles Colson would disagree [testimony]. In fact, he would offer a contemporary parallel that offers a compelling argument in support of the biblical assertion that Jesus Christ arose from the dead.

Colson served as special counsel to President Richard Nixon. He was also a co-conspirator in the infamous Watergate cover-up. As a result, Colson pled guilty to the crime of obstruction of justice and did time in a federal prison.

With the Watergate scandal unfolding, Colson began a soul quest that concluded with a commitment to Jesus Christ. Later, as he began to ponder one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith -- the resurrection -- Colson found his conspiracy experience to be most enlightening.

Reflecting on the Watergate scandal in his book, Loving God, Colson writes:

"With the most powerful office in the world at stake, a small band of hand-picked loyalists, no more than ten of us, could not hold a conspiracy together more than two weeks. Yet, even the prospect of jeopardizing the President we'd worked so hard to elect, of losing the prestige, power, and personal luxury of our offices was not enough incentive to make this group of men contain a lie. Nor, as I reflect today, was the pressure really all that great. There was certain to be keen embarrassment; at the worst, some might go to prison; though that possibility was by no means certain. But no one was in grave danger; no one's life was at stake.

"This is why the Watergate experience is so instructive for me. If John Dean and the rest of us were so panic stricken, not by the prospect of beatings and execution, but by political disgrace and a possible prison term, one can only speculate about the emotions of the disciples.

"Unlike men in the White House, the disciples were powerless people, abandoned by their leader, homeless in a conquered land. Yet they clung tenaciously to their enormously offensive story that their leader had risen from his ignoble death and was alive -- and was the Lord!

"Take if from one who was inside the Watergate web, who saw firsthand how vulnerable a cover-up is: nothing less than a witness as awesome as the resurrected Christ could have caused those men to maintain to their dying whispers that Jesus is alive and the Lord."

There are many religions present in the world. Each contains wisdom and philosophical insight that adherents find helpful. However, only one has as its author a man who claimed to be God and then validated that assertion by resurrecting from the dead. As a result, the followers of Jesus Christ everywhere celebrate his triumph over death. To them it is more than blind faith; it is a living reality.

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[from BP News website, Apr 17, 2003, By Kelly Boggs; posted here 20 April 2003]