A Christian Faith for Today by Prof W Mon Watt

By Prof W Mon Watt

Written through one of many world's most suitable non secular experts, A Christian religion for this present day offers either Christians and sceptics with a much-needed reaction to modernity's problem to God.Most humans settle for that our international is regulated via the legislation of usual technology, yet how may still Christian believers reconcile this with religion, incarnation and a loving and clever Creator?W. Montgomery Watt returns to the Biblical tales and resources on the roots of recent religion and to theological difficulties resembling Jesus' divinity and humanity. He indicates how the mind-blowing can be understood from a rational viewpoint and the certainly transcendental wonderful from allegory and symbolism.Sympathetic to the Gospel, but appropriate to the fashionable brain, this can be a well timed and delicate exposition of God's manifestation and intervention on the planet and of his reasons with us and for us.

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Again, when Joshua conquered Jericho he was told to put every living thing in it to death – men, women, children and animals; and something similar was done at Ai. These actions took place in accordance with commands from God. The extermination of whole populations, as at Jericho, was more extensive than appears from a casual reading of the Authorized Version and some other translations. 17) it is said that ‘the city shall be accursed, even it and all that are in it’, while in the margin it is suggested that ‘accursed’ might be replaced by ‘devoted’.

Thus we have psalms where the psalmist is appealing to God for delivery from the suffering and persecution he is undergoing. One of the best known of these passages is the one Jesus quoted on the cross, from Psalm 22. Others are Psalms 35 and 71 (esp. 10–12). In these psalms there is nothing to justify the view that the suffering was due to sin; the sufferer is an innocent victim. A further step was taken by Isaiah when he saw God’s servant suffering as he went about the work assigned to him by God.

This led them to see God’s choice of the Hebrew people not merely as something for their own benefit, but also that they might share their growing knowledge of him with other human beings, since these also had a place in his purposes. A traditional view of the prophets was that they were primarily persons capable of foretelling the future, not critics of their own society; and certainly the prophets spoke of disasters ahead if people persisted in their wrong courses. The modern believer should realize that many of these prophecies of the future were not fulfilled in detail, if at all, even if some of them were; but this should not be taken as falsifying or belittling their critique of contemporary society.

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