There are many schools of thought in the world today who believe that they can catch Christians out and prove their faith to be misplaced. Jesus faced just the same kind of thing. His answer to the Sadducees in the passage below was a triumph. But it still triumphs today over the various intellectual arguments against faith.
Firstly: it really is a mistake to assume you have the full measure of the scriptures. The scriptures are very deep, and they have many different levels of meaning and they cover the whole range of human experience.
Secondly: the power of God is almost universally underestimated!
Who can hold back the tides of the seas or stop the earth rotating on its axis? Which of us knows and can harness, the secret of life itself? What work made by human hands has been more beautiful or moving than what nature has made herself? What can’t a man achieve when he knows his God, his wife and family love him, and he feels that they all believe in him? If you think you know scripture, have another read. If you think you can talk about, or even dismiss the power of God, then perhaps you have yet to experience the power of God for yourself…
Mark 12:18-27 NLT
Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. So the second brother married the widow, but he also died without children. Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, and still there were no children. Last of all, the woman also died. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her.” Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven. “But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”
I feel I am getting to know God a little better everyday. God shows me a little more of himself each time I sit down with the scriptures. I don’t pretend to know the limits of God’s power but at the same time, I don’t doubt his power to transform my life from one facing a slow and inevitable death, to one full of joy and hope for the future.
Numbers 4:1-5:31, Mark 12:18-37, Psalms 48:1-14, Proverbs 10:26