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
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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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