December 12, 2013
The disturbing aspect about the inflammatory rhetoric being whipped up by the press and politicians about immigration is that many Christians are jumping on the bandwagon. Christians who clearly ignore what the Bible says about treating the foreigner among you with respect. Christians who ignore the fact that Jesus and his family where asylum seekers:
‘And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him.’ (Matthew 2:13).
Doubtless there where many Egyptian carpenters who blamed guys like Joseph for ‘stealing their jobs’.
December 4, 2013
Genesis 18 is one of my favourite Bible passages. It relates possibly the most profound occurence of a Theophany (a manifestation of God to man in some visible form) in the whole Scriptural record. Verse 1 states clearly that the manifestation was a divine one. The revelation, however, is remarkable since God appears in the form of three strangers who meet with Abraham, and whom he greets as ‘My LORD’ — in the singular. Indeed, the whole chapter veers from refering to the strangers as ‘they’ to ‘him’ or ‘he’. Two points are worth mentioning. Firstly, this is an apparent Trinitarian proof text par excellence in the Old Testament, exploding the claim made by those of an Arian or Unitarian bent that the doctrine of the Trinity is a pagan corruption of the Oneness of God. Secondly, in the New Testament, Jesus implied that he had met with Abraham, a man who had lived two millennia before Christ (John 8:56-59). Does Genesis 18 arguably record this meeting?
December 4, 2013
“We always think of Jesus when He preaches, when He heals, when He travels, walks along the street, even during the Last Supper. . . But we aren’t used to thinking about Jesus smiling, joyful. Jesus was full of joy, full of joy.”
~ Pope Francis
December 2, 2013
“Let us not listen to those who deny that the Church of God is able to forgive all sins. They are wretched indeed, because they do not recognize in Peter the rock and they refuse to believe that the keys of the kingdom of heaven, lost from their own hands, have been given to the Church.”
~ St Augustine of Hippo