Just recently controversy was raging in Congress regarding Planned Parenthood and whether this organization should continue to receive funds from the government. Obviously abortion continues to be a hot political issue. Sometimes it seems to be overly politicized. Partisans on both sides of the issue say and do things that make you scratch your head in wonder. However, in the midst of this ongoing debate we must not lose sight that beyond being a political and partisan issue it is even more fundamentally a moral issue. And the morality of it all boils down to one basic question: Is the unborn fetus a human being? If not, then what’s the beef with Planned Parenthood, with abortion itself? But if the unborn organism in a mother’s uterus is indeed a human being—then without a doubt it is a moral issue of the highest priority. Continue reading
I have been reading a book lately about the history of Christian doctrine. In this work, the author comments on the differences between the Gospel of John and the other three Gospel writers. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are often called the Synoptic Gospels. The world “synoptic” basically means “seeing together.” You may have noticed that these three Gospels present a great deal of similar material in a roughly parallel format. So these Gospel writers often share the same material but with their individual perspectives and approaches. The Gospel of John, however, is dramatically different from the Synoptics.
One of the chief differences is that John’s Gospel is very explicit in presenting Christ as divine. The deity of our Lord is most clear in John. The author of the book I am reading emphasizes this. Yet, he goes beyond this, and states that it is only in John that we see Christ’s deity. According to him, the Synoptics present Jesus as merely a man, Messiah perhaps, but certainly not divine. Continue reading