Nothing Else Matters


Jaroslav Jan Pelikan (December 17, 1923 – May 13, 2006) was a scholar of the history of Christianity, Christian theology and medieval intellectual history at Yale.

This time of year I’m always reminded of this quote by Jaroslav Pelikan

“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen – nothing else matters.”

1 Corinthians 15:13-21 NIV “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.  If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. Why should this matter? Things that matter are real. Afterlife – doesn’t matter because there may not be any (so far zero evidence). If there was one at some strange atomic level, why should one be bothered. We have no influence over the physics of our Universe. Whatever will come will come. Even if there was a supercomputer (god) orchestrating our holographic reality we would have as much influence over his/hers/its decisions, as ants have over us (certainly even less). Myths teach us and matter, but only in a metaphorical sense. Here, you are mistaking fiction for reality.

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    1. Hi Alex, thanks for your second response. You state that things that matter are real. I agree. The fact of the matter is that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, actually did rise again from the dead, as foretold in the Old Testament and was eye witnessed to by His disciples, for a period of forty days to over 500 people. Their lives were consequently turned upside down. Jesus actually tells us that if we open our hearts to Him, He will become part of us and I’ve done that and found it to be true. You indicate to me that I am mistaking fiction for reality. I respond by saying you are mistaking reality for fiction. The thing is, if Jesus actually did become alive again after He died, which has never happened to anyone before or since, in the manner in which He died and was dead for three days, then that occurrence in itself, is a witness to a reality that needs to be investigated. Kind regards – Bruce


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