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Mark: Read All About It!

In reading the Gospel of Mark I was reminded of how newspapers were sold on the street
corners early in the nineteenth century. I can envision the Gospel of Mark being held up on the
street corner and a fifteen year old boy yelling out. “Jesus of Nazareth claims to be the
Messiah!” read all about it. This would be the headline; “Jesus of Nazareth – Messiah or
Impostor?” There would be the story on the front page on how Jesus brought the little girl that
had died back to life, on the following pages stories of the parables Jesus used to teach the
people. Some would say he was an agent of Satan but others that heard Jesus rebuke this
would say Jesus made perfect sense when He said “how can Satan drive out Satan?”

In the commentary section many would have given testimony of how Jesus had fed them when
there was no food and others who had witnessed a man’s withered hand be restored. Others gave false testimony in order to have him crucified. In the opinion section the Sadducees would say “Jesus is a phony, he claims he can forgive sin; only God can forgive sin. We need to silence him, let us ask Pilate to crucify him.”

In the obituary section it would read: “Jesus of Nazareth, died 33 AD after being scourged and
crucified along with two thieves. He had his mother by his side with many friends and well
wishers. He claimed he was the Messiah but the Jewish high priests would not believe him. He
was given over by one of his apostles, Judas Iscariot who was paid twenty pieces of silver to
hand him over to the authorities. Joseph of Arimathea handled the burial arrangements.”

Late breaking story: “Jesus not found in the tomb, Mary Magdalene said Jesus appeared to her
but Apostles skeptical till Jesus appears to them and commissions them to proclaim the Word.

— Mike Gardner

The (Inspired) Word of God

Christians believe that the Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired Word of God. Human authors wrote the various books over a millennium; each however was inspired by God. inspire means both to ‘breathe in’ and to ‘fill one with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially creative’.

God did not dictate to the human authors, as for example Islam claims that God/Allah dictated the Qur’an to Muhammad. Rather we believe that the Holy Spirit infused human authors with the understanding of what God wished to communicate, so that the authors could do this appropriate for human understanding yet without theological error.

Recently a friend shared with me an insightful article written by Jason Carlson and Ron Carlson entitled Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God?. To paraphrase their article into a Catholic context, let’s delve into what the Church understands about the formation of the Bible.

Although our term ‘Bible’ comes from the Greek word (biblion) that means ‘book’, the Bible is not one book but a collection of 73 books.

The 46 books of the OT were composed over a period of 10 centuries leading up to the time of Christ; portions had been taken from written stories from perhaps several centuries earlier. The 27 books of the NT were written over the last half of the first century AD/CE. During this long span of time that the books of the Bible were composed, the culture and society changed dramatically many times.

These 73 books were written by an untold number of authors- several dozen at the least. They were a wide variation of educated and not-so-educated people including priests, prophets, preachers, apostles, kings, courtiers, scribes, fishermen, a physician, and regular people like you and me. There could not have been collaboration between the disparate authors.

The Bible, and indeed a sizable number of the books, are not of a single literary genre. Throughout the books in each testament we find story, poetry, prayer, prophecy (speaking on behalf of God), wisdom, novellas, letters, and history. Yet each holds true to the central message of God’s creation and plan for our salvation.

The books were originally composed in at least 3 different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. This would seem to lead to confusion and dissonance, yet the opposite is true- the books agree on their message of God’s love and care for His human creation.

The various authors composed the books on 3 separate continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe, from Jerusalem (Israel) to Rome (Italy) to Babylon (Iraq) to Alexandria (Egypt). Again this cultural variation would seem to lead to less cohesion, yet the opposite is true: the Bible is consistent in its message of who God is and what our relationship is with Him.

The consistent message throughout the span of the Bible points us to the One author- the Bible is the Inspired Word of God.

— Eric Wolf

What is Logos?

What is Logos?  It’s an ancient Greek  word, but few people understand  it “It is reason, order, word, rationalism, discourse, it is not a product of the human mind. It is the divine in both nature and the human mind that allows the later to comprehend the former.”

It is divine reason, logic, and knowledge, to be participated in by human reason and logic in nature. It is human  reason comprehending natural knowledge, the will of God, in phenomena.

An example of Logos is the fact that man’s reason can comprehend knowledge of the existence of a Creator by reason and can comprehend the existence of law in nature and comprehend Natural Moral Law by reason experiencing phenomena.

Our Founding Fathers in their Declaration of Independence demonstrated an example of Logos when they decreed “We hold these truths to be self evident, that man is endowed by his creator with certain inalienable rights among which are the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

To pursue happiness man must be able to participate in Logos, in reason, law, order, word, rationalism, discourse etc., So if man has a right to pursue happiness, he has a right to know right from wrong, morality from immorality, to reason to knowledge of right from wrong…

By permitting man to participate in the will of God, in Logos, in knowledge of laws of nature and in Natural moral law, God allows us to participate in His knowledge, in His reason. Participate in Logos. To participate in God’s grace. But we are living in a culture which denies man can participate in Logos, in reason and attain knowledge of creation by the use of reason experiencing phenomena.

When my sperm united with my wife’s egg, God created our six children with rational structure in their genes, so they could CHANGE to fully developed adult persons, with intellects that can see the Will of God and use words to communicate God’s Will.

What is Darwinism but a negation of the existence of law, order, reason, rationalism  meta-physical reality and Logos from the origin of man and the universe. It is the claim that everything in the cosmos occurs by CHANCE EVOLUTION, without rational structure in matter and that man’s reason can tell him nothing because Logos does not exist. All that exists is “CHANCE CHANGES.” There is no rational structure or meta-physical reality in matter.

If Logos exists and man can participate in it, then morality exists and it is possible for man to do either good or evil. But modern man does not want to admit that he can sin, so he ignores the existence of Logos.

— Robert J. Conlon