Saturday, December 27, 2008

Full of Grace & Truth

Biblical scholars tell us that St. John the Evangelist, "the disciple whom the Lord loved" wrote his Gospel when he was living on the island of Patmos. He was 90 years old or so. John wanted to make sure that the people really understood who Christ was. His Gospel is more personal, he was in the inner circle, he was speaking as an eyewitness. In being that eyewitness he has a closer view to Jesus' divinity. From that he saw the love which is God. The very beginning of John's Gospel makes it clear who Christ was. He now emphatically states that the Logos was God, and furthermore that the Logos became flesh and made his dwelling among us. This shatters all previous philosophical understanding of this notion of a "supreme being". If you want to really know who Jesus is, read the Gospel of John. It is poetic and beautiful and reveals "the light, life, darkness, truth, Lamb of God, Light of the World, Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd, The Vine, the Bridegroom, and the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I personally believe also in a sense it argues against "sola scriptura" because it ends with John saying after His resurrection that " Jesus did many other things as well. If everyone of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written" I guess since those things did not end up in the Bible they were not important. St. Thomas Aquinas once said, "Hold firmly that our faith is identical with the ancients. Deny this and you dissolve the unity of the Church"

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