Friday, February 20, 2009

Could You Be Wrong...If You Were Jesus?

If you could, on what topics might you be wrong? For insight, let's look at what the prolific writer and atheist-turned-Protestant C.S. Lewis wrote on the idea. (Lewis is renowned as a champion of "logical Christianity" [as opposed to Christianity by faith, which Jesus of Nazareth taught]. He's also widely idealized and quoted by American conservative evangelical Protestants, a practice as intellectually rigorous as Scientologists quoting L. Ron Hubbard.)

C.S. Lewis said Jesus was wrong. Check it out in The World's Last Night and Other Essays - 1960:

`Say what you like' we shall be told, `the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, this generation shall not pass till all these things be done. And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else.' It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible. …The one exhibition of error and the one confession of ignorance grow side by side. …The facts, then, are these: that Jesus professed himself (in some sense) ignorant, and within a moment showed that he really was so.

Jesus was in error, he was ignorant...? How many "theologians" have been so brave to correct their deity. Of course it begs the following logical question: If, as Lewis judged, Jesus was wrong on one item, of what else was He in error? The Trinity, the Kingdom of Heaven, God, salvation, the soul, loving ones enemies, His own divinity?

If you were Jesus, could you have been ignorant, in error?

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