"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins." 1 Cor. 15:17Posted: May 16, 2011
Last night, my dear husband and I settled down to listen to Table Talk Radio’s special broadcast, the debate between Dr. David Scaer, professor at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, and Dr. Robert Price, professor at Coleman Theological Seminary. The debate was advertised as a discussion about whether Jesus really rose from the dead but really they were debating whether or not the events of the Bible could be considered historical fact.
Both men are very learned in their field of study but they look at the Bible in very different ways. I should probably note now that Dr. Price follows the higher/historical critical method of theology, which means that the Bible is not God’s inerrant word, but just another historical document that needs to be looked at with a discerning eye for the truth. This is not a Lutheran perspective, I can’t even say that it is a Christian perspective because 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. . .” The Bible is God’s word and when we pick and choose what should and should not be accepted we become like Dr. Price.
Now the debate didn’t “prove” either man wrong; both men were able to give a rebuttal to the arguments presented, neither man was left speechless by the other’s remarks. Dr. Scaer didn’t even touch on the topic of faith because that wasn’t going to prove anything in Dr. Price’s mind. Some of Dr. Price’s arguments (okay, most of Dr. Price’s arguments) sounded silly, but I’m sure those higher critics were laughing at some of the statements that Dr. Scaer made. So, at the end of the evening, what was left? We have Dr. Scaer still sure of his faith and that Jesus rose from the dead and we have Dr. Price still sure that the Bible is absolutely not true. But as Christians, we are to pity and pray for Dr. Price. He said something along the lines of how he likes Christianity and he used to be a Christian but he just cannot believe anymore. The poor man has nothing left but his own reason, he has no faith in Christ’s death and resurrection, he has no hope, he is still in his sins.
If you would like to hear the debate for yourself, go to: http://www.tabletalkradio.org/content/podcasts
The title of the Podcast is Special Live Broadcast: Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?