The Pope said that ‘the final word’ on the biblical concept of God is that the logos is God. But he failed to remind his hearers that the logos became flesh and dwelt among us. God is love and He manifested His love among us by sending Jesus Christ into the world, to lay down His life that we might live.
Oh how glorious and wonderful the love of God, that He should look down upon us wretched sinners and rescue us from our destruction in hell, and forgive us our sins and reconcile us to Himself through the blood of the cross. Oh what a wonderful salvation and what a shame that the Pope did not proclaim it last Tuesday to the assembled teachers of the University of Regensburg, for they too must repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ if they are to be saved on the day of judgement.
4 thoughts on “God is love”
There is a portion of J. Pelikan”s second volume in his church history series (this colume dealing with the eastern church) were the debates Christians had to do with Jews, then dualists, and finally Moslems is examined quite well in not too great a space. Good reading. I refer to this because, in debating Islam, it was freqently necessary to *first deal with the matter of the Trinity. Perhaps that is what he was doing there. Truly ONLY a Christ who is God can save. So, he was saying that the Logos and Spirit — both of whom Islam believe in…but not as God — ARE GOD. Btw, on part of one debate was that while Moslems believe in the Koran that came down from heaven the ALSO belive that there are book-copies of the Koran too. Images of the first. This is obviously a pretty good arguement for One God in Three Persons — The Logos not being an “associate deity” as Moslems accused Christians of believing in.
I read the fifth chapter of Pelikan”s book which you recommended and was pleased to learn that the Koran teaches that Jesus is to be called Logos and Spirit. The Christian apologists argued that if Jesus were not eternal then God would have had neither Logos nor Spirit before he created them. I can see that this could be effective in debating with Islam. Your idea that he was elevating the Logos in order to elevate Christ as God is plausible to me, although without it being made explicit, it is hard to know.
The burden of my post was for the assembled professors of the University of Regensburg many of whom need a Saviour to save them from damnation. Every opportunity must be taken to save the lost and this seems to me to have been an opportunity missed.
All things were created through him and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. If I am forced to give it a name I call it Tao and I name it as supreme..- Lao Tzu.Listening to the Logos rather than to me it is wise to agree that all things are in reality one thing and one thing only..- Hippolytus.In both the East and West philosophers mystics and scholars have a concept behind the whole Universe. Most people today don t realize that Jesus s claims of being the Truth and the Way were as dramatic to the Greeks as his claims of being the Messiah were to the Jews of the time..While evidence of Jesus s Christ authenticity to the Jews is by prophecy.
I agree that men everywhere can find God, or at least realise that there is a God, through reflection on the way things are, (Romans 1 vv 19-20) and no doubt also through revelation (Psalm 46 v 10 comes to mind). But as you say, the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the truth and the way, as Saviour and Lord, came as a shock to the system in both Israel and the nations as the apostles preached the gospel in power with signs and miracles following the preaching of the word. Let us pray fervently for apostolic power to be upon the men who God sends out in this hour with the same message of salvation to all who repent and believe in Him.