Saturday, 19 January 2013
'On the morning I laid down my work on the Trinity, it was the first time I was revealed by the grace of God that Jesus is indeed the true and only manifestation of the invisible almighty eternal One - nothing less but equivalent to The One in nature. It was not by rational speculation or academic research that I was led to this point for sure. I have to say that all along the time by that morning I was unable to 'think' through how Jesus the Son of God could be the very 'God' per se, and have been therefore holding a view of error that God the Father is 'in a superior and mightier position than Jesus', who acted merely as 'the ambassador' working out God's will and plan on earth.'
- An example from the English language.
- But how do we actually make a comparison with other religions? We could say we have already said enough. The comparison is implicit, since the general subject is religion, nothing more needs to be said other than to positively express Christianity.
- Although, the notion of comparative religion is unavoidable, as we have seen, we must still face the fact that making Christianity comparable is not the core missionary project, it is rather an aspect of the extension of the notion of God to all, including other religions. The three Abrahamic faiths could be understood to be under Abraham’s tent. But there is still the question of which faith erects the tent and makes the rules on religion. This is a further reminder of expressing God as a superlative reality. We need reminding because Satan is an arch-enemy, a deceiver, continually seeking to usurp the place of God.
- Satan seeks to occupy the minds and hearts of Christians with false gods and false religions. Instead of their minds being filled with love for God, he would rather their minds be led astray to the worship of other gods. The Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit – it is place of worship, that should be occupied and filled with the Holy Spirit, in order that he or she can worship the true and living God in spirit and in truth. Worship is literally ‘worth’ ship. It involves ascribing and assigning the worth that is due to God’s name. No other God is worthy of our worship. Other gods are not worthy of our undivided attention and loyalty- no-one and nothing can take second place to GOD. Only Jesus Christ is Lord, and only he is the Messiah.
- False spirituality
- Christianity’s comparison with other religions is to be made only in the sense that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life, and that no-one comes to the Father except through him. No other way of approaching God is the true way to do so. It is a lie or a deception. Not even the Old Testament sacrificial system, if relied on, can enable us to approach God today. The closest religious system to Christianity is obviously Judaism, but even this is judged to be false by Jesus Christ. (see the book of Hebrews for a close comparison).
- An enquiry into other religions is fraught with danger. We must first of all clearly mark out the boundaries of our own faith, before undertaking such a work. A Christian will very often have challenge enough simply studying Theology and philosophy and founding his thoughts sufficiently on Scripture, before engaging in detail on the complexities of other religions.
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Monday, 27 August 2012
Of fundamental importance to human life is whether or not certain events actually took place or not. If they did not they are consigned to irrelevance or at least sidelined as far as a general canon of literature is concerned. Non-historical literature, although important reading for a politician on holiday, would never be essential reading for him when he is at work, at say the foreign office.