Free Won’t

We have no free will. Read it and weep.

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Chocolate Jesus Cancelled

Well, the chocolate rendition of Jesus stirred up too much controversy and has been eliminated.

Catholics with too much time on their hands demanded the display be removed.

Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League, said it was “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever.”

Well, you know besides lighting Christians on fire and stuff.

Going Nuts

Martin Luther went nuts in his later years. My theory is that he was a sarcastic man, which is why I like him (!), who felt a need to fight about everything. One of the reasons why he was such a good reformer was because he found problems with everything.

When you fight for everything you often lose sight of what it was you were originally intending to get across. Luther seems to have done this and I know of other church leaders who had similar problems.

On the opposite end is the church leader who fights for nothing. People walk on him and he goes nuts too. We were made to fight for something.

The problem is: what do we fight for?

The tendency is to fight for yourself. I think Luther fell in to this to some degree, the battle became more about him near the end. He wanted to be martyred very badly and I think he was discouraged that it never happened, forcing him to be weirder and weirder.

Jesus Christ shows the perfect example of what to fight for: He never fought for Himself, as a sheep before his shearers is silent. But He fought to the death to edify others through love.

Let em do what they want to the body; fight for the soul.

Luther Lens

Squidoo is an Internet site that allows users to create a lens, a brief look into a subject. It’s a neat little tool. I used it to create a lens about Martin Luther, a place where I can keep all the information I want to keep about him.

I hope to do these for several Church History guys as well as other biblical topics, so stay tuned for that.

If you have any other good info about Luther, send it along to me: jcweddle1 at juno.com

Here I Stand

In my brief research into Luther biographies, this one kept surfacing as the best one, so I went for it.

It is very well written and he certainly gives you a good grasp of the man with many first-hand quotes from Luther’s voluminous writings. Luther was incredible for the amount of stuff he accomplished in life.

The book bogs down some with all the church squabbling that Luther created but had nothing to do with, but it was necessary to show all that.

Luther was a funny man, a bit sarcastic and always battling something. Bainton admits that most biographers skip the last 16 years of Luther’s life because he went nuts and got carried away in his vitriol. He called for the removal of Jews and the killing of Anabaptists. Oops.

Luther was also a man who struggled with faith and depression, yet he kept going in his quest to show people their justification through faith in Christ without the trappings of the Pope.

If you want to know more about this fascinating man, read this book.

No Point, Just A Thought

Most of us are aware that Jesus predicted His resurrection by pointing to the sign of Jonah, buried in the fish for three days. We know there is a picture of Christ in Jonah.

Maybe I’m just dumb, or wasn’t paying attention, but there are other similarities between the two guys.

Both were sent to preach salvation to lost people.
Both slept in a boat during a storm.
Both calmed the waters of a storm.
Both had plants that were cursed and died.
Both were apprehensive to carry out their mission.
Both did their mission anyway.
Both were buried for three days.
Both were resurrected.
Both saved a multitude of people after their resurrection.

As with all pictures of Christ, the only perfect man, there are vast differences between the two, but I find all the similarities to be intriguing. I’m sure there are some more.