“And if Christ hasn’t risen, then our preaching is worthless, and your faith also is worthless.” (1 Corinthians 15:14)
Some use this statement as a criteria of falsification about faith in Jesus. To them, if it can be proven that Jesus did not rise from the dead then faith in him is worthless and pointless.
Based on this understanding, it should be seen that Paul has made a fundamental error. You may wonder what this error is. In a way, Paul would have made his faith in Jesus something totally separate from what has been revealed in the Jewish Bible.
In the Jewish Bible, there is no criteria whatsoever that says that the Messiah existence is somehow contingent upon his being redirected. Nowhere at all does it say that the Messiah will be killed and resurrected. Not even the overused chapter of Isaiah 53 overtly claims that the Messiah will be killed and resurrected because the Messiah isn’t even overtly mentioned in the text.
But Paul has raised this criteria to so exalted a place, this wholly unbiblical criteria. And in the eyes of Paul, anyone who doesn’t share this view has a wholly worthless faith.
To that I say, NO! No, Paul! If a person makes such a mistake, as you do, and raise something with no basis in truth to excessive levels, and then finds it to be fallacious, there is place and space in God’s economy to find oneself again, to see the mistake one makes, take a step, collect oneself, dust oneself off, and then return back to the truth of the one true God.
It’s odd. I started writing this 5 years ago in 2016. It’s so short. Yet I end up finishing it in 2021. Does that mean anything? Maybe not.