The Silence of God
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Robert Anderson
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER VIII W E have now reached a stage in this inquiry where a retrospect may be opportune. Expression has been given to difficulties and doubts to which no thoughtful person is a stranger. And these, it has been seen, are rather intensified, than answered or removed, by an appeal to the mere surface current of Scripture testimony. The " Christian argument" from miracles has been shown to be not only inadequate, but faulty. And we have turned to the Acts of the Apostles to find how fallacious is the popular belief that the Jerusalem Church was Christian. In fact, it was thoroughly and altogether Jewish. The only difference, indeed, between the position of the disciples during the" Hebraic period" of the Acts, and during the period of the Lord's earthly ministry, was that the great fact of the Resurrection became the burden of their testimony. And finally we have seen how the rejection of that testimony by the favoured nation led to the unfolding of the Divine purpose to deprive the Jew of his vantage-ground of privilege and to usher in the Christian dispensation. The Divine religion of Judaism in every part of it, both in the spirit and the letter, pointed to the coming of a promised Messiah : and to maintain that a man ceased to be a Jew because he cherished that hope, and accepted the Messiah when He camethis is a position absolutely grotesque in its absurdity. It would not be one whit more monstrous to declare that in our own day a man ceases to be a Christian if and when faith in Christ, from being a mere shibboleth of his creed, becomes a reality in his heart and life. Twenty years after the Pentecostal Church was formed, the disciples were still regarded by their own nation as a Jewish sect. " The sect of the Nazarenes," Tertullus called them in his arraignm...