george murphy wrote:
> Howard -
> Hope your surgery goes well. The following comments may be
> helpful, or at least stimulate some discussion.
I add my hopes and prayers for success and speedy recovery.
George M. wrote.
> The Word of God is (1) the One through whom the universe was
> created and who became incarnate. The Word of God is (2) the
> proclamation of Christ. And the Word of God is (3) the Bible which
> witnesses to the Word (1) and is the basis for the Word (2).
> This does not mean that the Bible is the Word of God only in
> a secondary or tertiary sense, nor does it answer questions about the
> historical character of biblical narratives. But it does mean that if
> the Bible is not functioning as the Word of God if it is being used to
> do something other than - in the long run - witness to Christ or support
> the proclamation of Christ.
> I think that this is germane to the question of how
> Christians are to read religious texts of other faiths. It isn't simply
> a question of whose book is better but of whether or not those texts in
> some way witness to the Christ & might support the proclamation of
> Christ. That may sound strange but perhaps that's because we haven't
> really explored the question from that angle. In any case, there is
> ultimately only one Word of God, as the Barmen Declaration of 1934
> said: "Jesus Christ, as he is attested for us in Holy Scripture, is the
> one Word of God which we have to hear and which we have to trust and
> obey in life and in death."
I think this discussion is the key to resolving many heated debates over
How do you gentlemen feel about other religious texts witnessing to Christ,
however, in an implicit manner; e.g. I find the wisdom in Lau Tzu's Tau de
Ching (spelling?) is very close to many of Christ's wisdom teachings. With
Howard, I can't help but believe that God has inspired other cultures but
has chosen the Jewish nation to reveal in an explicit manner.
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