Although I anticipate a more limited readership than for part 1, this has certainly not lessened my passion for this second and more comprehensive (although hopefully not ‘wordy’) work. This passion has been particularly fuelled by the steadily growing popularity of postmodernism and related ‘isms’, resulting in the most common response (by far) to my explanations of the gospel being along the lines, “Well, it’s great if Christianity helps you Graham but, quite frankly, it’s just not our bag”. Many years ago, during a university Q & A, I heard an itinerant evangelist say that his sole aim was to get people to take on Jesus Christ and his amazing claims. This is also the objective of this second part, which consistently endeavours to enable people to see past ‘dead’ religion and onto Jesus and his breathtaking uniqueness.
This uniqueness categorisation is appropriate because, firstly, Christ is not some religious teacher or guru reaching out for divine enlightenment, but God himself reaching in with voluntary and deliberate self-disclosure/revelation. Secondly, he is not some impersonal ordering structure behind the universe with which we must align ourselves by doing such and such so that we can become such and such, but rather a person – the ‘God-man’, totally committed to qualifying us for heaven and eternal life. And finally, although his objective is always that our lives become more and more like his, he is not some rule book simply telling us to get on with it. On the contrary, he is the agape-loving Son of God who, through his Holy Spirit, can transform and empower us in a reciprocal arrangement as we live through him and he lives through us.
In the same vein, James Sire, a renowned specialist author on world views says this, “Human beings can know both the world around them and God himself because God has built into them the capacity to do so and because he takes an active role in communicating with them”. This is the message that must come across, something that my research into science (no grand designer = for instance, a required ‘infinity’ of zeros representing both insanely large and insanely small numbers) and world religions (only in the Bible do we see the incredible pro-activeness of God) has overwhelmingly confirmed.
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