Wednesday, December 23, 2015

All I Want for Christmas...

All I Want for Christmas…

    “…Just suppose that we identify (at least in his ‘natural’ aspect) the cosmic Christ of faith with the Omega Point of science: then everything in our outlook is clarified and broadened, and falls into harmony.” 
   - Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, from his essay, Suggestions for a New Theology,” 1945

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

    In offering for your viewing contemplation what I’ve come to call my “annual image,” I ask two questions. First, will you spend any serious time thinking about what the first syllable of the word ‘Christmas’ means to you? And second, what are you going to do about it? In answering the first question, it might be helpful to consider God’s own perspective as found in Colossians 1:15-17 :

   “…He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together…”

   Have a Blessed Christmas.


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