you ask indignantly. “Jesus? Angry? ... and what
is this nonsense about Hell and impenitent sinners!”
"Who, then, uttered this nonsense?” you demand.
The answer, of course, is Saint Mark. What is more, we reply, we have never heard of the Bible as a logical formulary, or Sacred Scripture understood as a treatise on logic!
I have difficulty — apart, of course, from the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to Holy Mother Church by God Himself — with the following contention: it is now apparently incumbent upon me to explain to my acquaintances that in Saint John 8.58, in using the temporal term before Jesus is not expressing antecedence — inasmuch as it would be an anachronism in light of the concept of eternity which preceded time — — and therefore His subsequent use of the temporal and existential concept of “am” while not a breach of the concept of eternity is nevertheless a breach in the concept of time. Therefore (∴) Christ, in this and most instances, could not possibly have meant what He seems to have very clearly, simply, and unambiguously stated concerning the “invisible" and the eternal”? (Q.E.D)
|“See Jesus come. See Jesus hug the Pharisees. See Jesus affirming the Sadducees. See Jesus smile. See Jesus apologize for inconveniencing and upsetting the Roman soldiers. Oh … that Cross- thing? He is unhappy because we have not hugged each other enough today.”|
I hate to break it you and to offend your feminized sensitivities — and proclivities — but Jesus was a man. Not Mr. Rogers, not Mrs. Doubtfire, and definitely not a wimp. He was beaten, scourged, mocked, crowned with thorns, and crucified — that is not the stuff of wimps. Or delicate men.
And, yes — He occasionally became angry!
It is recorded in and testified to in all four Gospels-that-are-not-textbooks-on-logic.
We believe it!
because you have arrived at a satisfactory truth-variable through
logic — but because God said so — in Holy Scripture. And because
it is what the Holy Catholic Church authentically teaches and
has taught for 2000 years. Because it makes sense! And because Christ
was True God and True Man!
The Bible is not a Truth Table. It is the Living Word of God. It is Truth, just as Christ is Truth Himself (Saint John 14.6) — and most annoying to some, a truth at which you will never arrive through propositional logic.
“We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word.” (2 Corinthians 4.2)
“Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” (5.20)
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