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Sunday, November 2, 2008

In God We Trust, well, it depends ...

The latest edition of Southern Cross, the Sydney Anglican monthly newspaper, has a story with a small and large caption. The small caption reads "DICKSON DOCO IN HISTORIC COUP". The large caption reads "Uncovered: groundbreaking find backs Jesus' divinity".

The article includes a photo of John Dickson squatting beside a floor mosaic containing a memorial inscription saying "God Jesus Christ". The Southern Cross article goes on to speak of the potential the mosaic provides for refuting claims from some atheists and popular authors that early Christians did not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Christians trusting in the Word of God have no cause to worry about archaeological finds. God's Word is true and we can only expect to find things of the world which confirm this.

There is something telling in this find and the comments of John Dickson.

He is recorded as saying "Here is extraordinary physical evidence from the century before Constantine and the Council of Nicaea that Christians, including Roman officials, were worshipping Jesus as divine." John Dickson gets excited because of the testimony of man (in this instance it was a woman, Akeptous, who commissioned the words "... offered this table in memorial of the God Jesus Christ") yet when questioned about the veracity of the Words of God at Exodus 20:8-11 John Dickson is reported to have said in Sydney a few years ago "Well, I believe God is using a literary device".

Makes you wonder doesn't it as to who he is prepared to give the greater authority to, man or God?

Neil

9 comments:

Duane said...

Hmmm, kind of reminds me of the October 2006 edition of The Briefing, where Sandy Grant, in spending several pages attempting to appear neutral on the possibility that the creation days were 24 hours long, says:

‘…if I get to heaven and discover that’s how it was, I won’t be upset!’

That is of course, unless the resurrection is just a literacy device though right?

John said...

Or worse, that making a metaphor of Genesis 1 meant some non-believers gave intellectual reason to take ALL the Bible as metaphor. What could these SADS then say?

neil moore said...

My observation of the literature coming out of Matthias Media suggests they stand firm on the words of the New Testament but when it comes to the Old Testament the ground begins to open up a little.

They believe in the resurrection but do they really know the Person who was crucified, raised to life again, sits at God's right hand and sustains all things?

Neil

Duane said...

Well that may also mean they stand firm on the grounds of the NT except where it refers to sections of the OT that they believe are using literary devices. This could get complicated?

neil moore said...

It is a faith destroyer.

Neil

John said...

Duane,

You've hit the nail on the head.

Critias said...

Check out this new creation blog: http://anglicanoriginsdiscussion.blogspot.com/
seems pretty hip, IMO

Critias said...

Another interesting link, while I'm at this linking game; on the politicisation of science: some notes on eugenics, as a highlight.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=A579CA86-F3ED-4B70-B99D-1540685C324F

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