Archive for the ‘Uniqueness of 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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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

Jesus and Muhammed compared

September 2, 2009

Jesus Christ was foretold, Mohammed was not. Mohammed slew, Jesus caused his followers to be slain. Mohammed forbade reading, but the apostles commanded it. In short, the difference between them is so great that if Mohammed followed the path of success, humanly speaking, Jesus followed that of death.

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