Unlimited: Is There A Shortcut To The Riddle Of Life?
Aug 19, 2019 1281
By this, you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God (1 John 4:2-3, NKJV).
Is there a shortcut for solving the riddle of life? Is there some sure way of testing such pessimistic assertions about human life as Bertrand Russell’s when he declared, “Man is nought but an eddying speck of dust, a harassed driven leaf?” or Sir Arthur Keith’s pronouncement in answer to the question, “What follows this life?” ― “Nothing. Life goes out like a guttering candle.”
There is a shortcut. There is a simple way of solving all of life’s profundities that must be settled before effectual living can begin. If Christianity is the truth of God on belief of which the salvation of his creatures depends, we would expect that God would have prepared evidence sufficiently simple and conclusive to convince the sincere seeker of average intelligence.
The most direct route through the labyrinth of religious and philosophical controversy is to answer aright the question:
What was the real nature of the man who appeared two thousand years ago in Palestine claiming to be a ransom for the sins of the world?
The New Testament makes the startling claim that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a matter of life and death. “He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life” (1 John 5:12). The same book offers Christ as the Great Physician for the ailing human race, the One who alone can cure all maladies. And interestingly enough, the testimony of the ages has been that he has been a physician without peer, as far above all other men as the sun is above the earth.
Christ is the only person known to history who has claimed divinity and yet who has been accounted sane by the human race.
– Des Ford (adapted from The Shortcut)
Eli’s Reflection: Why does it matter that Jesus was completely divine and also human? How does that affect your Christian life?