November 24th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
Re: Jesus did not exist
Paul obviously believed in the actual, physical Jesus.
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died mfor our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then rto the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then tto all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, uhe appeared also to me." 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 (written by Paul).
Transcendental ideas and non-literal people do not die, be buried, and be raised. Transcendental ideas do not walk the earth and talk with people. They do not live among real historical people who write real historical books. People do not claim to walk and talk with a transcendental idea. The disciples and the early Christians knew the reality of a historical Jesus set within a historical context who was put to death on an instrument of death used in a historical Roman empire. This historical Jesus entered the history that he created and ordained from timelessness and perfection so that he could save me, save so many others, and even extend this offer of salvation to you. I know that you will ridicule me and laugh at my ignorance and blind faith. But I beg of you and whoever else reads this post to consider the possibility of God, the reality of God. Then realise just how foolish this whole website looks in the face of that reality. If God exists and if he is the righteous and wrathful Judge that the Bible claims Him to be, just look at the horrible arrogance and ignorance that this site reveals. I would ask you to turn to the grace that is offered by this same wrathful God who would die for us even though we all are so arrogant and ignorant. He would declare us all guilty and deserving of death and then step down from his place as judge and take the sentence of death that he pronounced in his righteousness. Please turn and repent. Christ not only existed in person, he is alive on heaven on the throne, and he has already judged us all guilty. Turn to him and let the wrath that you and I have each earned for ourselves be placed on him, for your good and for His glory.
Love in Christ