Friday, July 07, 2017

Bonner: fleeing scholars

Friday, July 7, 2017
    Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
    —1 Peter 1:8-12 (NIV)
    A certain group of scholars, mostly German or influenced by German protestant theology, has rushed to abandon positions before they were attacked, and to demythologize the Gospel message when there was no clear evidence that intelligent minds outside the Church were any more frightened by her mystery than by her morals.
    ... G. I. Bonner (1926-2013), quoted in The Secularization of Christianity, E. L. Mascall, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1966, p. 213 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 1:8-12; John 7:7; 15:18-19; 20:29; 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:7; Heb. 11:1,39-40
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen my faith against the attacks of skeptics.
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