The Teacher With Authority   1 comment

The Sermon on the Mount Carl Bloch, 1890

Above:  The Sermon on the Mount, by Carl Bloch

(Painting in the Public Domain)

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Several points:

  1. Evolutionary science has expanded into areas that Charles Darwin could not have imagined.  (I accept science in “mechanical” matters and do mistake the Bible for a science book, something its authors never intended it to be anyway.  Creationist arguments have as much credibility to me as do geocentric ones theologians employed for centuries–none.)
  2. Herbert Spencer argued for inhumane and un-Judeo-Christian views of social order.  The prophets and Jesus would have argued against them.
  3. And Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed nice enough.

But I take my great-grandfather’s main point and affirm it:  The Wisdom of Christ does operate on a higher level.

There are different types and levels of legitimate knowledge.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 11, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 7, 28-29

Jesus was a teacher, counselor, Rabbi.  He instructed men in spiritual truths.

1.  He was commissioned to teach–had full authority to voice the Father’s will.  For he was the eternal Son and submitted himself to the Father’s will.

2.  Omniscient–he was the truth.  He could make no mistake.  He know what would follow from any given course of conduct, hence made no mistake & there can be no need to change one utterance.

3.  His word is final.  There is no appeal from it.  Man’s mind changes; his word in wisdom abides forever.  His teaching is not on a level with Darwin, Spencer, & Emerson.  They are men; he is God.  By this inspiration men are “thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  By this law shall all men be judged at last.

4.  To speak this truth is man’s only authority.  “Follow me as I follow Christ.”  “Preach the word” “not ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord.”

5.  How needful to know his will.  Look into & continue in this perfect law of liberty and be blest.

Men must accept this revelation as law and obey it.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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