Friday, January 2, 2009

The Preposterous Claim

While reading the local newspaper today, a piece on Christmas caught my eye. It was entitled "Whose Child is This-The Philosophical Shortcomings in the story of Jesus' Birth." I prepared myself for an attack on Christianity.

The article did indeed question many aspects of Christ's birth. They seemed like the usual arguments as to how illogical the incarnation appears. I was a bit annoyed at both the author and the newspaper editor for publishing what seems like a weak redundancy of the same old protests against Christ's divine nature.

But I have to admit, the article speaks the truth, if you are measuring by human logic. It concludes,"The claim that the babe of Bethlehem contained the energy that created the universe defies understanding. To take that claim seriously upsets all our calculations." *

Whether it is meant to be provocative or not, I have to agree with this statement. We would be doing the Lord a disservice if we tried to contain him within our human minds. Expressing our wonder at his vastness, our failure to fully comprehend how He works-this is all to His glory.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. -1 Cor. 1:25

*Robinson, Don: "Whose Child is This-The Philosophical Shortcomings in the story of Jesus' Birth." Daily Hampshire Gazette, January 1, 2009

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