Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lewis: the 'historical Jesus'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Feast of St. Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
    —2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 (NIV)
    In the first place, [fashionable theories about the ‘historical Jesus’] all tend to direct men’s devotion so something which does not exist, for each ‘historical Jesus’ is unhistorical. The documents say what they say and cannot be added to; each new ‘historical Jesus’ therefore has to be got out of them by suppression at one point and exaggeration at another, and by that sort of guessing (brilliant is the adjective we ... apply to it) on which no one would risk ten shillings in ordinary life.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Screwtape Letters, Macmillan, 1944, p. 138 (see the book)
    See also 2 Thess. 2:9-10; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; 2 Cor. 2:17; 4:2; Eph. 4:14; 1 Tim. 1:3-7; 4:7; Tit. 1:13-14; 2 Pet. 1:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your sheep know Your voice.
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