Exploring Our Matrix
The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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There is also a fake Buddha quote related to amazement.
What is a “*fake* Buddha quote” differentiated from exactly?
It is differentiated from one that is found in ancient sources, which may or may not be historically authentic, but was not a recent invention. Compare a quote which someone made up and attributed to Jesus in an internet meme, with a quote from the Gospel of John – the latter may mot be historically authentic, but it is not a “fake Jesus quote” in precisely the same sense that the meme one is.
My wife reads Sarah Young’s best-selling “Jesus Speaks” devotional every morning at the breakfast table. We’re now on year two of it.
Often, He sounds more like a Deepak Chopra but with the most innovative quilting together of decontextualized words and phrases from anywhere in the Bible, not just the letters in red. Jesus doesn’t know He’s a human Jew of first century Palestine or a theologically differentiated Person of the Trinity. Rarely, has He any alignment to anything of the Jesus Seminar.
I’m not exactly sure you’re getting the how of how real-world believers believe what they believe.
Jesus speaks to them.
And he walks with me and he talks with me / And he tells me I am his own / And the joy we share as we tarry there / None other has ever known.
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. / He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! / You ask me how I know He lives? / He lives within my heart.
To be spiritual is to be amazed. Never treat life casually. Everything is incredible. Everything is phenomenal.
(But what is noumenal and is there nothing more to spirituality than being amazed?)
You mean like the “spare the rod and spoil the child” quote that isn’t in the Bible? If that is how we can define spiritual…I’m spiritual and proud of it.
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