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A Christian Faith for Today by Prof W Mon Watt

By Prof W Mon Watt

Written by means of one of many world's finest non secular specialists, A Christian religion for this present day presents either Christians and sceptics with a much-needed reaction to modernity's problem to God.Most humans settle for that our international is regulated by means of the legislation of ordinary technological know-how, yet how should still Christian believers reconcile this with religion, incarnation and a loving and clever Creator?W. Montgomery Watt returns to the Biblical tales and resources on the roots of contemporary religion and to theological difficulties comparable to Jesus' divinity and humanity. He indicates how the marvelous can be understood from a rational point of view and the really transcendental distinct from allegory and symbolism.Sympathetic to the Gospel, but applicable to the fashionable brain, it is a well timed and delicate exposition of God's manifestation and intervention on this planet and of his reasons with us and for us.

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10–12). In these psalms there is nothing to justify the view that the suffering was due to sin; the sufferer is an innocent victim. A further step was taken by Isaiah when he saw God’s servant suffering as he went about the work assigned to him by God. 12). Jesus was almost certainly aware of Isaiah’s picture of the servant of God, and in the temptation to throw himself from the pinnacle of the temple (to be described in the next chapter) accepted the inevitability of suffering in the course of his mission.

The solution of this difficulty is to recognize that the Old Testament is an account – not always in accordance with considerations of historical objectivity – of how knowledge of God grew and developed among the Hebrew tribes and the later Jews. There is development in many human affairs, and where this occurs some aspects of the earlier stages may have to be abandoned. The commands that God gives are primarily commands appropriate to the contemporary situation of the recipients. In some cases, but not in all, they may have a more permanent relevance.

43 GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT As examples of such intervention from without we may take certain prophetic assertions with regard to the destruction of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah by the Assyrians and Babylonians. ’ There was no need for God to take any specific action in these cases. The Assyrians and Babylonians were military empires which in their heyday extended their rule over all the neighbouring peoples. They did not need to be prodded from without, as it were, to subdue the two kingdoms.

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