Monday, November 17, 2014

A "Sweet and Infinitely Inclusive Jesus?"

I read this today and it was a good warning for me, and maybe it will be a good warning for others too:

"Those who devote their lives to idolatry while offering facile and superficial worship will come under the sentence of destruction and exile.  Jesus does not defuse such judgment: he repeats and re-enacts it.  The Old Testament focuses our understanding of Jesus' role as an eschatological prophet of God's judgment.  The sweet, infinitely inclusive Jesus meek and mild, so beloved by modern Protestantism, is a Jesus cut loose from his Old Testament roots."  --Richard B. Hays in "Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness"

Said in a more blunt way, we are fooling ourselves if we think Jesus will accept us and save us if we do not seek to follow him as our Lord and Teacher.

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