If Christ is not raised, we Christians are all liars – “15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised” (I Corinthians 15:15-16).
Simply put: if we claim Christ rose from the dead, and He didn’t raise from the dead, not only will we not be raised from the dead (I Corinthians 15:12-13), but we and every other Christian who believes in the resurrection would be a liar.
The word “found” suggests more than historical discovery, but it is a moral discovery. In other words, it’s like people have considered more than facts; they have looked at our claims and then applied them to our so-called character. Their conclusion would be more than just that we lied about one thing, but we can’t be trusted at all about anything.
We would be willful liars; it would be viewed as deliberate falsehood. We wouldn’t be any different than great deceivers like Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin.
And the world would look at the men and women who gave their lives for Christ and ask, “Why would they die for a lie? What fools these Christians are!” We would be viewed as the lowest and vilest imposters and cheats – asking people to give their offerings to our cause every Sunday, even though Christ didn’t raise from the dead. We would be viewed as thieves who ask the government for special grace from taxation as a charity, when in reality our whole religion is based on a lie.
No one would ever believe our story and why should they if Christ didn’t raise from the dead.