By Prof W Mon Watt
Written through one of many world's most suitable spiritual specialists, A Christian religion for at the present time offers either Christians and sceptics with a much-needed reaction to modernity's problem to God.Most humans settle for that our global is regulated via the legislation of normal technology, yet how may 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 recent religion and to theological difficulties resembling Jesus' divinity and humanity. He indicates how the surprising may be understood from a rational standpoint and the really transcendental individual 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 the planet and of his reasons with us and for us.
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Christians believe that they learn something of the love of God from the mission and teaching of Jesus and above all from the climax of that mission; and some Christians would say that this was taught to them by God the Holy Spirit, although they did not hear any words. Thus knowledge of God can come to people in many different ways, but all of these are to be ascribed to God’s own activity. The knowledge of God, of course, does not come all at once, but is learnt gradually over centuries in a believing community which tries to live according to what it has already learnt about God.
The Assyrian and Babylonian empires were great military establishments eager to extend their power wherever possible. They needed no external prodding from God, as it were, to turn their attention to the Palestinian kingdoms. The most that can be said is that, if the southern kingdom had trusted 55 GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT more in God and less in military help from the Egyptians, it might have escaped, or at least been treated more leniently; but even this hardly justiﬁes the assertion of the two prophets that the exile was brought about by God as a punishment.
Now in quiet moments I frequently find these words thrusting themselves into my consciousness, sometimes more than once a day. I do not regard this as an awareness of God; yet there is a sense in which God is here coming into my life. The Old Testament writers were not good at describing what we now regard as inner experiences, but had to give them an external visible and material form. 2–10). Even in the New Testament in the account of the temptations of Jesus the tempter is said to have taken him 34 GOD IN HUMAN LIFE to a pinnacle of the temple and then to a high mountain from which he could see all the kingdoms of the world; but we should regard these as descriptions of inner experiences.
A Christian Faith for Today by Prof W Mon Watt