Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 37 Day 6
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Hebrews 214 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[k] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
This statement does, if nothing else settle the foolish arguments over the actual substance of who and what Jesus is. Fully human, fully divine has been a foundational position of orthodox Christian thought from the very earliest years of the church. Yes, there were arguments and disputes but as God’s Spirit led the early church fathers to bein to sort out the “opinions” of those who were not the apostles a test of the apostolicity, or the consistency of thought with the apostles teaching most of the more bizarre assertions were put to rest.
In this day and age, however, we are seeing a rather new and startling trend. That is the politicization of Christianity in such as way as to diminish and demean orthodoxy with a push to slant the gospel in such a way as to accept what has been defined as sin and rebelliousness. Once again, the classroom, and the bookstore have become murky marketplaces of heretical thought. The unfortunate willingness of church leaders to slip and slide into the quagmire of so called modern social thought has resulted in disastrous consequences for believers. Therapeutic deism, seems to have become the prevalent approach in many churches which are drawing large crowds of “seekers”.
“Don’t talk to me about sin. Make me feel better about myself.” Worse yet, Jesus is presented as our “cosmic buddy” and the keeper of the heavenly vending machine giving me everything I want. Look again at the life of Jesus. How on earth can we be so deceived.