Daily Encouragement: Day 249

From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 249


The Scriptures predicted that the Christ should suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day,
and that repentance and forgiveness of sins
should be preached in His name to all nations,
beginning at Jerusalem.
(Luke 24:46–47)

While Jesus was in the world, He was
the light of the world.
For judgment He came into this world,
that those who do not see may see,
and that those who see may become blind.
(John 9:5, 39)

Philosopher Peter Kreeft observed that “today” worships not God but equality:

It fears being right where others are wrong more than it fears being wrong. It worships democracy and resents the fact that God is an absolute monarch. It has changed the meaning of the word honor from being respected because you are superior in some way to being accepted because you are not superior in any way but just like us. The one unanswerable insult, the absolutely worst name you can possibly call a person in today’s society, is ‘fanatic,’ especially ‘religious fanatic.’ If you confess at a fashionable cocktail party that you are plotting to overthrow the government, or that you are a PLO terrorist or a KGB spy, or that you molest porcupines or bite bats’ heads off, you will soon attract a buzzing, fascinated, sympathetic circle of listeners. But if you confess that you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, you will find yourself suddenly alone, with a distinct chill in the air.[note]From Kreeft, “Comparative Religions: The Uniqueness of Christianity,” in Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics.[/note]

In an age when tolerance is elevated above truth, those who proclaim Christ as Lord of all will not be friends of the world.

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