Looking for Jesus: When History Meets Faith

Albert Schweitzer, the German theologian as well as humanitarian, was possibly the earth’s foremost expert on the historical Jesus.

William McGaughey, writer of Five Epochs of Civilization, has written a book outlining arguments in Schweitzer’s book. Schweitzer highlights the eschatological facet of Jesus ministry, interpreting the Lord’s Prayer, the Transfiguration, occasions in the Garden of Gethsemane, as well as the Resurrection itself in that light.

This book summarizes the unfolding anticipation of God’s Kingdom in the Old Testament prophets as well as in late Jew writings. It maintains which Jesus view of the Kingdom is closer to the viewpoint expressed in the Apocalypse of Enoch.
Two independent Messianic individualities, Son of David as well as Son of Man, were joined for the 1st time in the person of Jesus. The Resurrection put Jesus in a unnatural state which was the appropriate type of the Messiah.

It had been left to the Apostle Paul to accommodate belief in the Kingdom with the obvious fact of a still present corruptible world. Historically, this book shows how a writing of prophetic literature revealed events of the Jew country and, in the similar time, created a tapestry of expectation about God’s future treatment in human affairs.

Of interest to earth historians, it demonstrates how much Christianity was an item of the alphabetic literate culture then crossing the civilized world.
In transporting history ahead into the future, the Old Testament prophets were testing the limitations of traditional writing. Their writings created a type of dramatic writing that Jesus had to follow. There is dissonance between predictions made by the prophets as well as subsequent historical experience.


Why Do We Need to Believe in Different Gods?

Recognizes in other faiths, that search, among shadows and pictures, for the God who’s unknown however near, Admits that there is goodness and truth present in these faiths, Affirms they often reflect a beam of the Truth which enlightens all males, and Rejects nothing that’s true and holy in these religions.

We can’t really call on God, the Father of all, if we refuse to treat in a brotherly way any man, created as he’s in the picture of God. Hindus usually have altars to an extensive range of gods in their houses, and every family has its favored gods that they worship.
Some Hindus are pantheistic, meaning they believe that most is God, that God is at all things, the fact that God is inseparable from the world. Another facet of Hinduism is the belief that every now and then an Avatar, or incarnation, of God comes to the globe to teach fallen mankind the course of enlightenment.

Devotees of Krishna mantra sing, dance, and eat food that is offered to various Hindu gods as well as to Krishna. In Christianity God is merciful and will forgive people who’re really repentant. Islam considers Jesus as a prophet of God, but is not accurate to the historic story of Abraham and his descendants given in the Bible.
Though they don’t acknowledge Jesus as God. They await the day of judgment when God may render their deserts to all. The concept of God and his characteristics in Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity are very different.

Another troubling training of Mormonism is the fact that Mormons hope to achieve a situation of Exaltation by which they become a God. During the time of Jesus and the early Christian Church, some Jew sects were rebuked by Jesus for their failure to precisely follow God revealed plan. The Old Testament tells the history of the Jew individuals who at different times became unfaithful to God, and even followed after idols and false gods.


My Personal Reflections About God

Except God no substance may be granted or imagined. God and all the characteristics of God are eternal. Nature is none besides God in things. Creatures and plants are the effects of Nature, Whence most of God is in all things.

There is a risk in this, as the word god may be misrepresented to manipulate individuals. Whoever lives in love lives in God, plus God in him. God is light, in him there’s no darkness at all. God is not different from the world, he’s the soul of the globe, and each of us includes a part of the Heavenly Fire.

To surrender to prejudice and call it God has been early, and it remains early today.

Catholic theology holds that God is definitely simple and is outside of time. Most theists maintain that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and sympathetic, though this belief raises concerns regarding God’s liability for evil plus suffering in the world.

Some theists ascribe to God a self conscious or purposeful decreasing of omnipotence, omniscience, or benevolence.