Jesus turned dead people back into alive people. That gave him, shall we say, a certain amount of authority. When you, too, can raise people from the dead (or, take a stroll across the surface of a lake, or instantly transform tap water into an ambitious yet insouciant little cabernet), then you too will have every reason to expect people to readily accept your truth as theirs. Until you’re so gifted, though, do your best to understand why claiming to speak for God cannot help but sound to a non-Christian as 100% proof that you’re crazy.
It’s Like You’re God — Except Really Different
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