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The God of all has called something very specific “proof” for all men

14 Apr

Eastern Orthodox blogger Father Kimel has responded to my post “Man’s limp ‘who do I say that he is’ and what God calls reliable proof“.  Go here to see his post challenging mine.

Here’s my response back to him:

Father Kimel,

Thanks for discussing my post. Let me just say this upfront: I realize how audacious it seems to be, but I really do think I need to stick with my point.

You said:

“I think Nathan misses the key point: the dogma of the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ is revelation, and therefore can only be received by divine faith and experientially confirmed in the sacramental life of the Church. How could it be otherwise?”

Here is the way I am seeing this pan out:

1. The claim of the Apostle Paul in Acts 17 is that the Creator-God of all has called something very specific “proof” for all men.

2. That something is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, by which God has shown all men who will judge the world. He is not just any man. This message creates angst in the unbeliever and is to comfort the believer.

3. It certainly follows that God will publish for the world the words of this man whom He has appointed.

4. And it is within this message, found in the Gospels, that we find this man asserting himself to be God in human flesh, come to give eternal life to the world. This message creates trust.

I suggest that by submitting to contemporary human notions of what constitutes proof – as if what God calls ‘proof’ is less important – we short-circuit the power behind simple proclamation like Paul’s here, which looks to have its roots in passages like John 16:8-11.

You say: “By itself, God’s raising Jesus from the dead only publishes God’s approval of Jesus. And how does one demonstrate that it was God who raised Jesus from death, as opposed, say, to aliens from another planet using some marvelous piece of advanced technology?”

Did the aliens do this because of the Old Testament prophecies (see Luke 7:18-23 and Luke 24)? : )

+Nathan

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