Re: esther & MN and the resurrection???
Garry DeWeese (DeWeese@Colorado.edu)
Thu, 19 Mar 1998 14:43:41 -0700
At 12:43 PM 3/19/1998 -0800, Gladwin Joseph wrote:
>I guess even the Resurrection of Jesus can be explained in
> naturalistic terms as is done by the demythologizers. But it
> is amazing that God in Christ chose to reveal Himself
> in the Resurrected Body to only a few. He could have
> appeared in the Sanhedrin and probably converted the nation
> of Isreal. However since GOD respects the freedom He gives
> us His creatures HE apparently does not give us a knock
> down proof for belief.
> Any comments?
It has often been argued that God maintains an "epistemic distance" from
his creatures. Were he to appear directly to anyone, the awesome holiness
of his person would *compel* belief and submission. But compelled belief
and submission are not the kind of responses in which he delights.