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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No Middle Ground

When did Jesus become more than just a name to you? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1668).

To be honest it started so young that I don't remember. From the pulpit I would hear father favorably mentioned Albert Einstein or Dr. Schweitzer, sometimes quoting them.  But these highly regarded men never competed in place with Jesus. We were, after all,  a Christian church and body of believers. We did not simply highly regard Christ, we worshiped him.  In my view there is really no middle ground here –  you either, first, highly regard Christ as first among men or, second, you worship him as part of the Trinity; you either consider him a deity or just a singularly admirable very special and remarkable person.  Those who say, "Yes, he's the Son of God, but we don't worship him" actually see him in a radically different light than believers.  If you worship Jesus then he becomes the touchstone by which everything else is assayed – not just a special King, but by nature the very King Himself.  Let me add right off that I join those who find it difficult to wrap their brain around the Trinity in a rational way. The way I look at the Trinity is that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all constitute the One holy family: with God being the Father of all.  

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