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Jesus Is the Miracle Working Son of God (5 of 10)
Series: "Who Is Jesus?"
John 12:34, John 2:11
April 10, 2005
1. The Presence of Miracles in the Life of Jesus
2. The Purpose of Miracles in the Life of Jesus
3. The Power of Miracles in the Life of Jesus
Over the past few years, one of the most radical consortiums on the historical Jesus has been the "Jesus Seminar." Directed by Robert W. Funk, who organized the Jesus Seminar in 1985, seventy-plus so-called scholars meet twice a year to examine and make pronouncements about the authenticity of the words and deeds of Jesus. One of the main objectives of the Jesus Seminar is to make its findings and views available to the public.
The Jesus Seminar votes on the accuracy of Jesus' sayings by using colored beads. A red bead means words that Jesus probably spoke. Pink indicates words that could probably be attributed to Jesus. Gray represents words that probably, though not certainly, came from later sources. Black indicates words that Jesus almost certainly did not speak.
The result of their work is the conclusion that only fifteen sayings (2 percent) can absolutely be regarded as Jesus actual words. About 82 percent of what the canonical Gospels ascribe to Jesus are not authentic. Another 16 percent of the words are of doubtful authenticity.1
Let me remind you today that truth of what Jesus said and the authenticity of the Scriptures is not determined by majority vote. The authenticity of the Scriptures and what Jesus said does not rest on whether you are me, or the Jesus Seminar believe them or not. The authenticity of the Scriptures is not determined by a consortium of so called theologians and historians and their colored beads. The authenticity of the Scriptures and all that Jesus said is another study within itself. All I will say today is that, as declared in 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for co ...
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