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Jesus as the Truth

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Date: April 15, 2018

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: The Road

Scripture: John 8:31–8:59

Why we throw rocks at Jesus

  • we believe supernatural truth is at odds with scientific truth

“Will we turn our backs on science because it is perceived as a threat to God, abandoning all the promise of advancing our understanding of nature and applying that to the alleviation of suffering and the betterment of humankind? Alternatively, will we turn our backs on faith, concluding that science has rendered the spiritual life no longer necessary, and that traditional religious symbols can now be replaced by engravings of the double helix on our alters? Both of these choices are profoundly dangerous. Both deny truth. Both will diminish the nobility of humankind. Both will be devastating to our future. And both are unnecessary. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate and beautiful - and it cannot be at war with itself. Only we imperfect humans can start such battles. And only we can end them.” - Francis Collins,  The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

  • we believe exclusive truth claims are unloving 
  • we believe the truth that we are in bondage is insulting 


How we can find freedom through Jesus

  • Jesus frees us from a cold world to beauty and meaning

“Man is the only creature in the universe who asks, "Why?" Other animals have instincts to guide them, but man has learned to ask questions. "Who am I?" man asks. "Why am I here? Where am I going?" Since the Enlightenment, when he threw off the shackles of religion, man has tried to answer these questions without reference to God. But the answers that came back were not exhilarating, but dark and terrible. "You are the accidental by-product of nature, a result of matter plus time plus chance. There is no reason for your existence. All you face is death." - Loren Eiseley, Cosmic Orphan

“I can find in human reality certain intimations of [God’s] speech, signals (unclear though they are) of His hidden presence. . . . I can relate faith to a number of powerful human realities . . . the experience of joy – that joy mightily expressed in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony . . . the human propensity to order, which appears to correlate with an order in the universe . . . humanities immensely suggestive experiences of play and humor . . . the irrepressible human propensity to hope . . . the certainty of moral judgments . . . experiences of transcendence.” - Peter Berger, Questions of Faith: A Skeptical Affirmation of Christianity

  • Jesus frees us from selfishness to love equally and inclusively
  • Jesus frees us from the burden of being god to restore our humanity