Grace: Uses, Misuses, and the Bliss of the Real Thing

grace_kelly_introFor years I have avoided using the perfectly good word grace. It

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3 Responses to Grace: Uses, Misuses, and the Bliss of the Real Thing

  1. slingword says:

    I have a serious question that may be related to this thread:

    http://slingword.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/an-open-question-to-the-religious/

    And I would love to hear replies….

    • Here is how I responded on slingword’s blog:

      Slingword:

      I’m only answering because you commented on my blog and asked for a reply.

      The difference in Judaism and Christianity (remember, I am Messianic Jewish, which embraces both) is God in human history. Judaism is based on the notion that God chose a man and his descendants for all time to be the people through whom he blesses all the earth. You must admit the Jewish people have been inordinately important in history in spite of being a small people in number.

      The resurrection of Jesus is, of all the instances of God active in human history, the one closest to us in terms of knowledge. Those who sincerely consider the possibility of Jesus’ resurrection find some convincing reasons to believe it happened. I am not talking about proof. I assume you understand that epistemologically speaking we can’t prove a thing.

      God working through human history, spreading out from one people (the Jewish people) to all others is what makes Judaism and Christianity unique and, for me at least, believable.

      Derek Leman
      derek4messiah.wordpress.com

  2. jimsobery says:

    This particular blog by Derek is among my favorites. I gain much from studying a particular word or concept and following the thread of thought and information as my research progresses. Interesting related explanations and topics then often follow one after the other.

    Thinking of cynical Slingword and his question, which seems to me inappropriate to this particular blog, I suggest he start with a Google search of the phrase “summary of the rules of evidence”. Perhaps when he and those he is examining use common definitions and rules a foundation for discussion may develop.

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