When we answer a question, our answer cannot contradict what has already been proven to be true.
From now on, I will refer to this as the first principle of problem solving. We use this principle all the time, but I first became conscious of it in physics class. In class, when we solved a problem, we would write out equations derived from Newton’s Laws and then use the equations to get an answer. Once we solved the problem, we would check our answer against the equations. Since Newton’s Laws are true, if our answer wasn’t consistent with the equations, we challenged our answer, not the equations.
This same concept is important for our faith and for how we study the Bible. At the center of Christianity is Jesus’ death and resurrection; and if it all really happened, there are eternal implications that are far reaching. (This is not an apologetics blog, so my writing will assume that Jesus did indeed die and rise again.) I couldn’t possibly hope to address all of the them, so for now, let’s look at two of the most important implications: