Archive for the ‘Jesus’ Category

He knew the unknowable: the human heart and all thing

August 9, 2014

He knew the unknowable: the human heart and all things;
He loved the unlovable: the human sinner;
He did the impossible: He died and rose again;
He was the impossible: a sinless character.

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Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be

February 18, 2012

Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be. For if no follower of Jesus had written anything for one hundred years after his crucifixition, we would still know about him from two authors not among his supporters. Their names are Flavius Josephus and Cornelius Tacitus.

John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, p. 145. Crossan, far from being a conservative Christian, denies the historical reliabilityof mjuch of the New Testament. Yet even he accepts the historical reality of Jesus’ crucifixion.

One summer day in 1937 John Griffith, controller of a railroad drawbridge across the Mississippi, took Greg, his eight-year-old son with him to work

October 3, 2009

One summer day in 1937 John Griffith, controller of a railroad drawbridge across the Mississippi, took Greg, his eight-year-old son with him to work. About noon, John raised the bridge to let some ships pass while he and Greg ate their lunch on the observation deck. At 1.07 p.m. John heard the distant whistle of the Memphis Express. He had just reached for the master lever to lower the bridge for the train, when he looked around for his son Greg. What he saw made his heart freeze. Greg had left the observation tower, slipped and fallen into the massive gears that operated the bridge. His left leg was caught in the cogs of the two main gears.

With the Memphis Express steaming closer, fear and anxiety gripped John as his mind searched for options, but there were only two. He must either sacrifice his son and spare the passengers on the Memphis Express, or sacrifice them to spare his son.

Burying his face in his left arm, John, with an anguished cry, pulled the master switch with his right hand to lower the bridge into place.

Lord knows what anguish John Griffith had to go through, whichever decision he made. But I know this: God values us enough to sacrifice his Son that we too might live.

‘For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’

Ian Sweeny,

There was once an ancient ring

September 17, 2009

There was once an ancient ring which had the power to bestow upon its owner the gift of being loved by God and man. This was passed on down many generations until it came into the possession of a father who had three sons equally dear to him. To resolve the dilemma, he had two replicas made and gave a ring to each son. After his death all three claimed to possess the true ring. But as with religion, the original cannot be traced. Historical investigation is of no avail. But a wise judge counsels each son to behave as if he had the true ring and prove it by deeds of love. Thus in the end it will not matter who had the original. The three sons represent Judaism, Chrisianity and Islam. One day they will transcend themselves and become united in a uinversal religion of love.

in Colin Brown, Philosophy and the Christian Faith, p.89, from Lessing’s Theological Writings (trans. H. Chadwick, p.55) – parable from Nathan the Wise, Act 3, Scene 7

But Lessing makes the assumption that religions are all about the same thing (deeds of love) and that they all equally possess the power to reconcile man to God (or if not that doesn’t matter). Brown also points out that this parable avoids all historical questions as if they are of no importance. see Brown, ibid., p.90. Lessing ignores the real peril that all men face if they are wrong at about the person of Jesus:

“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins,” Jesus, ( John 8.24)

You believe that you know God, and you are totally wrong

September 17, 2009

…except at the cost of insensitivity or delinquency, it is morally not possible actually to go out into the world and say to devout, intelligent, fellow human beings: ‘. . . we believe that we know God and we are right; you believe that you know God, and you are totally wrong’

Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Religious Diversity (New York: Harper and Row, 1976), p. 14.

John 8.24 “…unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

There are many paths to the top of Mount Fuji

September 17, 2009

In Japan, there is a saying, “There are many paths to the top of Mount Fuji.” It means that there are many religions, and they all lead to heaven. One missionary to Japan heard this saying many times, and each time he would reply, “There are many paths to the top of Mount Fuji, but once you get there, there’s only one way to heaven.”

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John 14.6

The Light of Life

September 6, 2009

A pilot of a single-engine airplane flew toward a small country airport. He arrived as the sun had dropped behind a mountain at the close of the day, and by the time he had manoeuvred his plane into position to land, he could not see the hazy field below. He had no lights on his plane and there was no-one on duty at the airport. He circled the runway for another attempt to land, but the darkness had then become even more impenetrable. For two hours he flew his plane around and around in the blackness of night, knowing that he faced certain death when his fuel was expended. Then as greater panic gripped him, a miracle occurred. Someone on the ground heard the continuing drone of his engine and realized his predicament. That merciful man drove his car back and forth on the runway to show my friend the location of the airstrip, and then let his lights cast their beam from the far end while the plane landed.

James Dobson, Raising Families, p.15

The blood of Abel and The blood of Jesus

September 2, 2009

cries out for vengeance (Gen.4.10).  speaks of God’s forgiveness (Hebrews 12.24)

Schleiermacher’s Jesus

September 2, 2009

The Redeemer, then, is like all men in virtue of the identity of the human nature, but distinguished from them all by the constant potency of his God-consciousness, which was a veritable existence of God in him.

Schleiermacher, The Christian Faith

A denial of Christ’s divinity but yet a desire to retain a unique place for Jesus. Yet once you create a Jesus divorced from Scripture subjectivism inevitably enters. Who is to determine what ‘God-consciousness’ is in its highest form? Why is this the determining, even if subjectively defined, criterion?

The Inconsistency of Liberalism

September 2, 2009

The one incontestable piece of evidence is that all those contemporaries of Jesus of whom we have any record, friends and foe alike, believed that Jesus worked miracles of the kind decribed in the gospels. There is no historical evidence to show that Jesus did not work miracles…the evidence that Jesus worked miracles is just as strong, and is of precisely the same quality and texture, as that he taught that God is Father and that his disciples should forgive one another. We cannot on historical grounds alone accept the evidence for the one and reject that for the other.

R. Abba, Nature and Authority of the Bible, p.150