I am arrogant enough to believe the Gospel message. Are you?

A commentator made the following comment in a previous post;

  To take another tack, do you realize just how extraordinarily arrogant you must be to honestly believe that the creator of the universe took the time to make his presence known to you on March 17, 1997, at 10:30 am local time? To do this means this creator of yours entered our time and space and caused an effect on you (as if you had nothing to do with it), one of nearly 7 billion people, many of whom were suffering and dying needlessly at that very moment, many probably calling on this creator to give them aid and comfort. Does that arrogance seem justifiable to you? Does it make sense to you, that this creator would take this specific time out of all the universe to come to this speck of compacted cosmic dust to seek out 1 in many billions of humans, one out of trillions of life forms on just this planet to make his presence known… to you? You’re okay with this conclusion, claiming to be humbled and made meek in the wake of such a momentous singular occasion?

The great thing about the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is that he came for all of humanity. It’s because of the suffering of humankind – that he came to us. This is the foundational belief of what Christmas is all about. Jesus Christ. The messiah. His name is prince of peace. Emmanuel, which means God is with us.

Jesus came to reconcile us to God. He came and taught us how to have a proper relationship with God and each other. Humanity is the cause of most of the pain and suffering that is experienced in the world. Poverty stems from our greed. Pain stems from our inability to show compassion and live in peace.

It’s not arrogance to believe that I am a sinner who needed forgiveness. It takes humility to admit that is a fact. And its a historical fact that Christ came and lived amongst us. He was crucified ever so cruelly. And he physically rose again on the 3rd day. And in doing so he made the way for us to be reconciled to God.

The rough statistics say that world wide, Christians make up 33% of the worlds population. My experience of God meeting with me and me meeting with God is no different to the same experience of what has been happening to people ever since Christs resurrection and the good news of forgiveness of sin was proclaimed.

I don’t think its arrogant at all to believe this good news. It is deeply humbling, to know that Christ died for you and for me and for all who believe.

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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2 Responses to I am arrogant enough to believe the Gospel message. Are you?

  1. tildeb says:

    Your assertion that god came and made his presence known to you at a specific place and time is not the same thing as entertaining a faith-based belief proposition based on a myth that we require salvation through the death of a particular Iron age man. Belief in the latter is not even in the same ball park as the former. You confuse the two, and so attribute the arrogance I think you have to have for the former and apply it to the latter when you write

    It is deeply humbling, to know that Christ died for you and for me and for all who believe.

    Believe in what, Craig? Your personal revelation or the redemption story?

    Consider Eric Macdonald’s point regarding the reliability of scripture upon which we attribute some measure of truth, that:

    every religious denomination, whether of Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, or what have you, is based upon prescriptive interpretations of sacred writings. The Christian story of redemption, for instance, as recently as this year, was thrown into some doubt because of the evolutionary origins of Homo sapiens, which can be shown definitively not to have descended from a single couple, the Adam and Eve of the biblical story, but most have descended from a much larger population. This being, according to some Christians, though not to others, central to the whole drama of redemption that is played out in the life, death and (supposed) resurrection of Jesus (who is called a second Adam), some interpretation of the original biblical story of Adam and Eve and the Fall of Man must be provided to paper over this unseemly crack in the biblical fabric.

    In other words, your interpretation of your personal visit is based on your interpretation of a myth from scripture. Assigning yourself the starring role from no less an august agency than god Himself by way of favourable interpretations seems to me to be a tad…. what’s the right word?… arrogant? Delusional? Egotistical? Regardless of the right word, your account IS an interpretation of an experience without any evidence to suggest it is an accurate one.

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