The Apostles’ Creed and Other Religions

“When it called God “maker of heaven and earth,” it parted company with Hinduism and Eastern faiths generally; now, by calling Jesus Christ God’s only Son, it parts company with Judaism and Islam and stands quite alone.” -J.I. Packer, Affirming the Apostles’ Creed

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Jesus’ Ministry Among Hypocrites

“And remember, Jesus saw hypocrisy far more clearly and deeply than we can. His X-ray eyes penetrated every pharisaical mask and disguise to detect every gross contradiction between lips and life. And even more painful for Him, He saw the double standards and inconsistencies in even the best of His disciples. His painful experience of hypocrisy was a large part of His sin-atoning sufferings. But they also gave Him an ongoing sympathy and empathy with us. However pained we are by phony faith, we can take our pain to someone who felt it even more deeply.” -David Murray, The Happy Christian

Vulnerable Birth

“The second person of the Trinity was conceived and born needing the care of a mother. To be human is to be vulnerable, but to be a baby is to be vulnerable in a manner we spend a lifetime denying. Indeed Jesus was a baby refusing to forego the vulnerability that would climax in his crucifixion. And as such, Jesus was entrusted to the care of Mary and Joseph. They could not save him from the crucifixion, but they were indispensable agents to making his life possible.” -Stanley Hauerwas

BTW NOTE: “Indispensable” is difficult word to use here. Could God have sent his Son differently? Yes, probably, but by sending him in the way that he did, Christ identified with true human beings who are dependent creatures from birth.