From: Michael Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 16:42:19 EST
My sentiments exactly.
My point is that God becoming Man involved becoming as ignorant as a baby.
Hence a wonderful Saviour who is like us yet is divine.
----- Original Message -----
From: "George Murphy" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 4:15 PM
Subject: Did Jesus know the genetic code?
> The question posed in my subject heading is, on one level, as
> reasonable as "Did
> Jesus know that the earth was round?" If one claims that, because he
> was the Son of God
> he must have known that the earth was round then he must have also
> know that it isn't
> exactly spherical, its quadrupole, octupole &c moments as well as the
> genetic code, the
> details of nuclear fusion &c.
> There is no compelling reason to make such a claim - & also
> no drop-dead
> argument to reject it. I belive that the divine kenosis should be taken
> complete seriousness, that God Incarnate lived a human life under the
> conditions of
> finite humanity in 1st century Palestine, & that limitation of
> knowledge was part of
> this. Some NT texts (Mk.5:30 & 13:32, Lk.2:52) point rather explicitly in
> direction. OTOH, he was (& is) God Incarnate & when all is said and
> done, we don't have
> access to the inner workings of his mind.
> That's "on one level," the theological. On the purely
> historical level there's
> nothing impossible about Jesus having known the shape of the earth -
> & even its size -
> found by Greek science. There was a strong presence of hellenistic
> Palestine, & we simply don't know how much familiarity with it Jesus
> had. OTOH we have
> no indication in the gospels that he ever gave any thought to the
> shape of the earth,
> nobody trying to trap him by asking, "Rabbi, is the earth round or flat"
> So the question about Jesus' views on the shape of the earth
> may be like asking
> what I think is the world's greatest soccer team. I've never given
> any thought to it,
> don't know, & don't very much care.
> George L. Murphy
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