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Book Review: The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster

X and Y duke it out in a battle for the minds and hearts of the readers of The Jesus Inquest. If you accept, as X does, that belief in the Christian is belief in a lie, and as both X and Y, that to believe a lie is a terrible thing indeed, you will fight wholeheartedly to convince those who believe this considered lie of the truth, as you see it. And Y is no less hearty in his defense of the same.

X and Y are figments of barrister (lawyer) Charles Foster’s literary imagination. Two fiends for truth who wage epic battle through the pages of The Jesus Inquest, arguing and counter-arguing the aspects of Jesus‘ death, burial, resurrection, and subsequent appearances and final ascension using logic, reason, evidence, history, science, and any and all other tools they can muster There can only be one victor, and on the outcome hangs the foundation of faith for billions of people through history and today.

The book began as Charles Foster encountered his own doubts and need to substantiate what he’d believed regarding the epitome of Christs life and all human history. In the truest sense, his heart cannot believe what his mind will not accept. And so he set out to research and investigate, beyond the just-so stories of  Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell.

As a barrister Foster is used to being able to see and argue both sides of an argument, and he brings this skill to good use through creating not a devil’s advocate, but two characters of reasonable intelligence with deep grasps of their respective positions, their strengths and weaknesses, and the others preferred points. These two characters, X and Y, meet in the pages of The Jesus Inquest. The arguments from the anti-Christian X always come first. Some may say this weakens him as the final word always then goes to the pro-Christian Y. Foster wrote the book for his own purposes and this structure affirms that.

The Jesus Inquest is clear and readable. In creating the two characters as he did, Foster saves the book from being a simple tit-for-tat straight and dry comparison of facts and arguments. The conflict between the two holds the facts and arguments to a narrative which remains interesting and engaging.

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Just A Reminder

Jesus is Hope
Jesus is Hope

In times like this, when people around us seem to be trusting so much in a man, or an idea, or anything under the sun. Refusing to put their hope in the creator of the sun. In times like this when the false hope is failing and flailing and falling. When people are finding their hopes dashed on the rocks of reality.

When people need real hope.

Faith in something faith-worthy.

Psalm 20:6-8:

Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.

McCain/Palin No Messiah Either

Some good and sane friends of mine have professed their decision to support a third party candidate on the contention he is a closer match to their own beliefs.

It struck me in reading their comments that just as many in America are looking toward Barack Obama as a messianic figure of boundless ability, there are many conservatives looking to Washington with too much longing and desire.

McCain/Palin can no more be expected to be capable of delivering on many of their campaign promises than can Barack/(whoever he’s running with). Neither can any of the third-party candidates be trusted to perform most of their promises.

And it is our mindless braying for salvation from Washington DC that feeds these pols need to fill our hungry little mouths with meaningless lies.

Even many conservatives have fallen prey to the temptation to vote ourselves pieces of the pie. Our desired pieces are just not necessarily monetary.

Our true Savior, Jesus, is the only one deserving of the desire and hope pinned on our candidates. To put it anywhere else is to commit idolatry and to set ourselves up for the failure of our hopes and dreams.

When our hope is in the Lord, we are less likely to put a false or unhealthy amount of hope in humans. We are anchored to the only Rock which cannot be moved. The inherent property of the Rock that is Jesus is that it cannot be moved.

No matter the storms of time, that Rock ever has and ever shall hold firm.

With a steady Rock to stand on, I am free to take the long view.

I do not need to look for salvation from Washington DC because I know real help comes from above.

Why Jesus Would Not Vote For Obama

Disregarding the difficulties and ironies of Jesus voting for anybody, there is key information in the Bible which gives us a clear understanding of policies that God does not condone and by extension, would not vote for.

Besides the obvious ugly sin policy of legal abortion, the fiercely debated but no less wrong homosexual ‘marriage’ policies of various states, and the not-governments-responsibility of most social programs and pet projects, there are the social welfare policies. Policies which allow and even encourage people who will not work to continue in idleness. Policies which discourage people from earning their food and keep. Policies which encourage people to believe they are owed something merely for their existance.

Couched in the phraseology of “neighborliness” by Senator Barack Hussein Obama and “patriotism” by Senator Joseph Biden, those of us who make money are told we ought to pay more of our money to allow those ‘less fortunate’ to thrive.

How are they less fortunate?

My financial counselor asked me a key question on our first consultation: what was my greatest asset? It was my self, and now, my wife and I together. As long as we are and exist, our greatest asset is not one of our possessions or investments, but our potential.

True fortune is measured not by what we’ve achieved but by our potential. Every man’s potential is vast and unmeasured. By choosing a goal and doing all that is necessary to achieve that goal, man can change his fortune to wealth.

By choosing to live on the scraps of others, a man is squandering his fortune. By his own choice.

So what does Jesus have to do with this and why would He not support Obama?

Here are just three of the many Bible verses which speak regarding Social Welfare programs:

Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (The Message)

Is that not obvious? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” There is not much wiggle room there.

There are definitely cases where the rule ought to be applied with grace, such as the case of widows or the truly infirm. But even then, all work is not hard or demanding, and some things are capable of being done by anybody, almost regardless their condition.

Besides the obvious and immediate benefits of food, work and accomplishment encourage a healthy self-image as well as a correct view of the worth and value.

Appetite is an incentive to work; hunger makes you work all the harder.

Proverbs 16:26 (The Message)

Again, the need for food drives the will to work.

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

Galatians 6:7-8

God apparently takes this personally. To not work is to reap slothfulness. To succeed while not exerting yourself in good pursuits is something God does not smile upon.

All this to say, to those who couch their support for Obama in terms of his being most attuned to “WWJD” it would be well worth your while to check again your assumtions regarding what He would really do.

I work that I may support the necessary functions of government and then to support myself, my family, and those to whom I choose to give. Does a man who has trouble giving the smallest percentage of his own extensive wealth to charity have the right or deserve the ability to determine where I ought to spend mine?

I make no claim that Jesus would vote for McCain, but I know He has some deep questions to ask of Obama.

Great Lines

Jesus never promised people wealth, or instant healing. He didn’t promise his disciples houses on the coast. Pastor Benny has recast Jesus in his own image. He has forgotten that his Lord died, humiliated, tortured, alone and penniless. But how do you sell that.
~Reverend Dr. David Millikan

Reverend Millikan asking if Benny Hinn is really teaching what Jesus taught? Or simply what will bring him (Hinn) money and power.

It would behoove The Sun to enter the real world. Assumptions do not reality make, and safety is not achieved simply by perceiving it.
~John Farragut, Treasurer, Cornell Republicans, Cornell University

Thanks to Haemet, a Cornell University student, who’s been highlighting the fight for Constitutional Freedoms on the Cornell campus.

John Farragut was responding to an op/ed in the student paper, the Cornell Sun, Way Off Target, regarding the hearings scheduled to discuss the issue of on-campus concealed carry.