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A modern Easter story

In his time, Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin was one of the mightiest men alive on earth. With a name like that, he was obviously from Russian origin. He had been part of the 1917 Russian revolution. Later he was appointed editor of Russia’s most influential newspaper, Pravda (which, by the way, means “truth”) and was also a full member of the Russian Politburo. He was the author of books on economy and politics which is still popular up to today.
In 1930 he undertook a trip from Moscow to Kiev. His task was to address a large audience on the topic of atheism. It is reported that he spoke for more than an hour, in which time he made the Christian faith totally ridiculous. He insulted Christians and gave numerous proofs to indicate that God does not exist.
When he was through, he looked at the audience, convinced that nothing had remained of their faith, except perhaps some ash. Then an old man stood up and went forward. He looked at the audience and they stared at him, wondering what he was going to say. And then he greeted them with the traditional greeting of the Russian Orthodox Church: “Christ has risen!” And with one voice the audience responded in a sound that resembled that of a thunder flash: “He has risen indeed!”

Sunday, April 4, 2010 - Posted by | Celebration, Eschatology, Mission, Russia, Theology


  1. Thanks for sharing this. When I was a young boy we had polish friends. The man was in his eighties at the time. He would tell about being in the Russian army and every night they sang the Lord’s Prayer. I can still remember him singing as I imagined strong male voices singing this song.

    Ken and Maggie

    Comment by millionmilejourney | Sunday, April 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. Grin!

    A former member of the Komsomol (Communist youth movement) told how he once went to a monastery to preach atheism to the monks, and especially to a popular spiritual elder that thousands went to see. After he had delivered his spiel, he asked the old monk what he thought, and the monk said “You know that there are thousands of voices in this room, but you can’t hear them.” He wasn’t sure what the monk was getting at, and the monk went on “There are thousands of people in this room, but you can’t see them.” And he asked the monk how he knew these people were there. The monk said, if you get a radio, you can hear the voices, and if you get a TV, you can see the people. And if you have the right antenna, you can hear God. Your trouble is that you lack the antenna.”

    And the young Komsomol member left, and said that that was his first step back to God.

    Comment by Steve | Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | Reply

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