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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”  One of the most popular passages in the Bible is the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11.  Here’s why.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Last week, many churches celebrated the “Baptism of the Lord”.  In churches that follow a liturgical calendar, the readings that follow the Christmas season focus on the baptism of Jesus, the start of His public ministry.  One of the readings that is often used is a passage from the beginning of Mark’s gospel that describes Jesus’ baptism. (Mark 1:9-11)  This passage reveals a stunning truth that, for most of my life, I always missed.

How Are You?  And Does God Care?

How are you?  We ask this question all the time, from the stranger passing us on the street to the people we know best.  But most of the time, we don’t really want to know.  We don’t want to stop and find out how people are really doing.  Most of the time, we expect them to say nothing more than, “Good, thanks.  How are you?”, and move on.  Most of the time, this question is nothing more than a polite greeting, another way of saying “Hello”.  Why?  Why don’t we want to know how people are?

How Can It Be That Jesus is Truly God and Truly Human?

How can it be?  The central claim of Christian faith is that Jesus is God incarnate.  God in the flesh.  The eternal Son of God in human form.  The Second Person of the Trinity made man.  The prologue of John’s Gospel declares that: “The Word (who is God) became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (Jn 1:1, 14)  The creed professes Jesus as God from God, Light from Light, True God from true God.  But how can it be?  How can it be that Jesus is both true God and true man?  Fully human and fully divine?

What is Advent All About?

So, this is Advent.  The season of preparation for Christmas.  The season in which Christians prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth, God’s coming to earth in the Incarnation two thousand years ago.  It’s also the season in which Christians take time out to prepare more intensely for Jesus’ second coming, when He will return at the end of time to consummate all things.  And lastly, it’s the season in which Christians prepare our hearts more fully for His coming into our lives day by day, to be more open and attentive to His presence.

Why Do We Think We Shouldn't Suffer?

Last week I talked about how unnatural it is for us to expect that God should love us.  Like a wounded child, when we suffer we question His love.  We even question His existence.  But none of this would be possible if we weren’t wired to expect that reality should be any different than it is.  Because nothing in this world tells to expect it to be any different than it is.  It’s only because we have a transcendent awareness of His love that we even think to question why we suffer in the first place.

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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