Monday, January 26, 2009

Pitied and Pitiful!

1 Corinthians 15:19 - If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

In Desiring God, John Piper laments the fact that in looking at Western Christianity it is hard to believe that people think this verse true. "It seems that most Christians in the West describe the benefits of Christianity in terms that would make it a good life, even if there were no God and no resurrection." (p255)

Apparently Paul thought differently. Piper suggests the reason for Paul's view: " The answer seems to be that the Christian life for Paul was not the so-called good life of prosperity and ease. Instead, it was a life of freely chosen suffering" (p255).

Perhaps with more suffering we would come to realize this verse more truly.

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