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Conceiving a Fiction

Paul asks his readers to imagine the circumstances were the Christian account actually mistaken
As others have remarked before, this is an extraordinary argument. Paul, in fact, asks his reader to conceive of the resurrection’s fact as if it were a fiction. This is an uncommon kind of argument, for it gives up the ground upon which so much rhetoric is finally made to depend—the strong, emotional sentiments that are sometimes made to stand in the absence (or refusal) of facts.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis
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“See the heinousness of sin by this, that Christ was made a curse…

…if thou wouldst know what sin is, go to mount Calvary.”

Thomas Goodwin
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“Holiness does not consist in mystical speculations, enthusiastic fervors, or uncommanded austerities; it consists in thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills.”

John Brown
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“Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Grace knows no jealousies except for the honor of God.”

Geerhardus Vos
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Refitting an Analogy

Jesus Christ makes the mercy of God apprehensible
Justice and mercy are not merely principles to be balanced by bureaucrats, but they find their source and definition in the very character of God. He is both just and merciful in a perfection to which his creatures are incapable and too often insensible. We are in need of an analogy.