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Twelve Great Questions About Christ (Part 3 of 12)
Was Jesus an Original Teacher?
Clarence E. Macartney
This was the verdict of the officers whom the scribes
and Pharisees at Jerusalem had sent out expressly to
arrest Jesus. They returned without their prisoner,
and when asked to explain their dereliction, answered:
"Never man spake as this man." They could not lay
their hands upon such a man.
A friend with whom I was having lunch once said to me:
"How do you account for the efforts that are
everywhere being made to discredit the Bible, and
overthrow the authority of the Christian religion?"
The answer is to be found in the mystery of iniquity,
or the fact that the mind of man is alienated from God
by sin, and one of the chief evidences of the fallen
state of man is the effort which man makes to
discredit the religion which comes to save him. The
ways of doing this are ancient and innumerable, but
the principle is always the same. The Bible commences
with the declaration that "God said." But we have read
only a few verses when we discover that the Tempter,
speaking to the man and the woman, seeks to discredit
what God said by asking this question:"Hath God said?"
All forms of unbelief and resistance to the Christian
faith are but repetitions of that first question and
insinuation of the Tempter.
In recent years much has been made of the study of
what is called Comparative Religions. For people who
have no axe to grind and no inveterate prejudice
against the truth, such a study cannot be otherwise
than helpful and confirmatory of the truth of the
Christian revelation. But to others, it has seemed to
furnish new weapons with which to assail the truth. In
some ancient heathen cult, or religion, or philosophy,
men have come across a sentiment which sounds like one
of the sayings of Jesus; or they have read of some
deed or incident in the lives of ancient prophets, or
teachers, which ...
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