1st Corinthians 15 12-17
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith. In that case, we are also exposed as false witnesses about God. For we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead, but He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, then not even has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile..
There have always been articulate and intelligent christians on this forum, folks like Little Toe and jgnat who argued their point clearly and engaged with non believers respectfully. One thing I personally was drawn to was their mostly rational approach to the so called 'miracles'.
I remember Little Toe suggesting that the feeding of the 5000 could be seen as a parable about sharing. Nice.
But the kindest, most rational Christian just cannot escape Paul's logic quoted above; if Christ is not risen your faith is in vain. The absurdity of all this is that faith is required to believe the very thing that makes faith futile.