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He Is Risen

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The Christians who upstaged their Atheist Russian Leader

You probably do not remember the name Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, nor should you. 

But during his day he was as powerful a man as there was on earth. As Russian Communist leader he took part in the Bolshevik Revolution 1917, was editor of the Soviet newspaper Pravda (which by the way means Truth), and was a full member of the Politburo. His works on economics and political science are still read today.

There is a story told about a journey he took from Moscow to Kiev, in 1930, to address a huge assembly on the subject of atheism. Addressing the crowd he aimed his heavy artillery at Christianity hurling insults, argument, and proof against it. An hour later he was finished. He looked out at what seemed to be the smoldering ashes of men’s faith.

“Are there any questions?” Bukharin demanded.

Deafening silence filled the auditorium, but then one man approached the platform and mounted the lectern standing near the communist leader. He surveyed the crowd, first to the left then to the right. Finally he shouted the ancient greeting known well in the Russian Orthodox Church: “CHRIST IS RISEN!”

En masse the crowd arose as one man and the response came crashing like the sound of thunder… “HE IS RISEN INDEED!”

Have a Blessed Easter and Rejoice… for Christ is risen! Hallelujah!


This story is Unproven, according to TruthorFiction.comThis story talks about Ivanovich Bukharin, a powerful Russian leader in the early part of the 20th century. In 1930, he is said to have traveled to Kiev to deliver an address to a large crowd on the subject of atheism. This story has been told through the years and became popular via email.



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