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Truth of the Resurrection


Wednes­day. [Acts 2:22–36; John 1:35–51] The mind can prove the truth of the Res­ur­rec­tion through rea­son based on the scrip­tures, and a non-believ­er can­not but admit the pow­er of its argu­ments, as long as a sense of truth is not yet dead in him. A believ­er does not need proof, be?cause the Church of God is filled with the light of the Res­ur­rec­tion. Both of these indi­ca­tors of truth are faith­ful and con­vinc­ing. But count?er-reasoning can spring up and con?tradict mind’s rea­son, and faith can be tram­pled and shak­en by perplex?ities and doubts, com­ing from with?out and aris­ing with­in. Is there no invin­ci­ble wall around the truth of the Res­ur­rec­tion? There is. It will occur when the pow­er of the Resur?rection, received already at bap?tism, begins to active­ly be revealed as it purges the cor­rup­tion of soul and body, and estab­lish­es with­in them the begin­nings of a new life. He who expe­ri­ences this will walk in the light of the Res­ur­rec­tion, and any­one talk­ing against the truth of the Res­ur­rec­tion will seem to him insane, like a per­son say­ing in the day­time that it is night.

Saint Theo­phan the  Recluse