I am not sure what’s real anymore. Reality shows on TV are scripted. Fake news is real news and vice-versa. Alexa helps me with my grocery shopping and talks to me but I can’t date her. My Instagram account is the chief way I communicate with my friends. If my cell-phone battery runs down, my reality disappears, although it is still in the cloud.
If my bank took a catastrophic hit today, it would wipe out my bank accounts, presuming that the money in those accounts is actually there. Even if I save paper dollars, I can’t trade the cash at a federal bank for silver or gold. It’s only the paper that has value, and that fluctuates. Look at Argentina which this year is flirting with 15,000% inflation.
Are the vivid resurrection stories in the New Testament real or not? Sure, they’re real stories but did what they claim as the miracle of Easter Sunday morning really happen or not? Is the “Good News” really “fake news?’ The Roman soldiers were told to tell everyone that the disciples of Jesus came during the night and stole his body. That was the news propagated by the local authorities. Meanwhile, Christians began proclaiming the gospel of he resurrection of the Messiah. What’s true here?
Jesus came to give testimony to the truth. “What is truth?,” Pilate asks. And, we ask, too. Jesus had already said that we would know believers by their fruit: “By their fruit you shall know them.” The Spirit of truth reveals itself in these facets: Love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, patience, goodness, faithfulness, and self control (Gal 5:22-23 [NIV]).
Christian history speaks quietly and truthfully in the lives of Mother Teresa, St. Francis of Assisi, Edith Stein, and in every witness for Christ in every age. Their lives were rich in the Spirit and we have eaten of their fruit. The Roman soldiers who told the news of the theft of the body of Jesus are all forgotten now. They left no harvest.