Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Was Christ Divine? Five Options by Peter Kreeft - Part I

I'm a big fan of Peter Kreeft, and one of the aspects I like best about his writing and his lectures is how he demonstrates the rationality of faith, or perhaps a better way to say it is the complementarity of faith and reason.

One I like best is the argument for the Divinity of Christ. Kreeft picks up where C.S Lewis left off in Mere Christianity.

In Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Kreeft lays out the importance of this fact in six points:

- Jesus's divinity is what differentiates Christians from all other monotheists and many other major religions today. Muslims do not claim that Muhammed was divine, nor do Buddists make this claim about Guatama Buddha.

- Jesus is either God in the flesh (Incarnate) or he is what liberal, revisionist, modernist Christians claim to be—an ideal man, a prophet, rabbi, teacher, sage, or other human agent.

- Revealed Doctrine works like a skeleton key, unlocking other doctrines of the faith. This point is important to me because it's the very reason for my conversion. Christians accept more advanced doctrines not because of their own intricate understanding but because they are revealed by Christ (as recorded in the gospels). If Jesus was fallible, what he said in any instance could be untrue, so the doctrine of faith would be in question.

- If Christ is divine, His incarnation is the single most important point in history. It changes everything.

- If Christ is the omnipotent, everpresent God, He can effect immediate changes in your life right now, and no one else can.

- If Christ is divine, He has a right to all we do and are. He has a right to our very being. This makes freedom not simply a matter of doing what we will, but doing what we will in accordance to the nature with which Christ endowed us. I believe tis is the point at which so many falter. They know that if Jesus is God, they have to conform to His will, and that is an obligation many don't want to accept.

These are the reasons the question is important. The five options follow in part II.

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