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1.25.2006    |    Words of Christ in Red
So, what's the big deal, those words attributed to Jesus Christ being in red? Does it mean that we should pay more attention to them, simply because they are spoken by one who is fully divine and fully human? Or, does it, as many Christians believe, give the impression that the rest of Scripture, not being in red, is, somehow, not quite the word of God?

The usual verse cited by those who argue that all of Scripture is of equal weight is 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
A bit of a tautology here, don't you think? Paul wrote in a letter to his good bud Tim that everything he wrote is golden. No exceptions. Says so right here, in 2 Timothy 3:16.

I beg to differ. All Scripture may be inspired (lit. breathed) by God, but I still have to give more weight to what Jesus said than what Paul or John (or any other author who is less than divine) said. Just logical. Let's just say that with Jesus' words there was less likelihood of an error in understanding the message through what we might now call a transcription error.

It's the same in every endeavor. You want to know the truth, go to the source. In this case, Jesus remains the Source, and it very much pleases me to see His words given pride of place.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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