Religion Prof: The Blog of James F. McGrath
The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
Oh great, some guys who believe in a God who blesses them in the afterlife for tormenting us in this life… Do they really think that’s what I want to believe, better than I already got… Poor souls. I’ll try to be polite. Self: Remember; be polite.
Reminds me of my generic all purpose prayer: Oh, God, please suspend the natural laws of the Universe for my personal convenience. Amen.
The apostles were apparently fortunate to live in a time during which taking what they considered the good news to the people was so effective that they were able to transform the ancient world.
I wonder, if the Messiah were to come today for the first time, and his followers were later to embark on a ministry to spread the news after his death, would the most common response they’d get be a bored, irritated, perhaps even somewhat condescending stare, offered by someone standing there mumbling “be polite, just try to be polite”?
Someone comes knocking on my door with a Bible in his hand, and I’m going to listen to what he has to say. Then, when he’s finished with his message, I’ll share some thoughts of my own!
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