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Twelve Great Questions About Christ (Part 8 of 12)
Did Christ Ascend into Heaven?
Clarence E. Macartney
The Christian religion is indissolubly linked with
four great miracles or manifestations of the Divine
power and will for the redemption of mankind. These
four miracles are, The Incarnation, or the Son of God
becoming the Son of man, the Resurrection, the
Ascension into heaven, and His coming again to judge
the world. Three of these belong to the history of
Christianity; the fourth belongs to the undiscovered
territory of the future. It was a momentous day for
our planet when the Son of God appeared upon it in the
likeness of our flesh. It was a great day for the
Christian Church when a cloud received Him out of the
sight of men and He vanished from the earth. It will
again be a great day for the world when that vanished
Christ shall come again in glory.
There is, today, an ever-increasing tendency to
dissociate Christianity from its supernatural facts
and to try to take and enjoy its great principles and
high hopes without regard to the truth of the alleged
facts upon which it must stand. But this is
impossible. A house must have foundations, and if the
foundations be destroyed, the house collapses. We have
seen enough of the history of the rejection of the
great doctrines of Christianity on the part of those
who would, at the same time, take advantage of the
hopes and principles of Christianity, to know that
after men have rejected the facts upon which the hopes
rest, it is exceedingly difficult for them to
entertain the hopes. The forgiveness of sins, the
triumph of righteousness in the world and the fadeless
life beyond the dark cavern of the tomb, inevitably
sink and disappear when the facts which inspired these
ideas are abandoned.
The fact that we have large groups of Christians, and
even an organized church or two, holding to, and
proclaiming, these hopes and laws, wh ...
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