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Gnosticsm & the Proclamation of Christianity with special reference to John's Gospel (Cont)

Rejection of Christ
John 6: 66 (RSV)

"But some believed not" [38] and some of them, from the first, resented and mocked Christ and all His Works and Words. Some of us having been attracted to Christianity find, as we begin to learn more of Jesus, that we object to His demands on us. Whilst he was an atheist Christ appeared to C.S. Lewis as a 'Transcendental Interferer' [39]. During this atheist stage, which he later called one of monstrous individualism, he wanted to find a region in his life, which he could surround with barbed wire; which he could guard with a notice: 'Keep Out'. Here he could say to all other human beings, 'This is my business and mine only.'

Others go along with Christianity until a dreadful tragedy breaks up their lives and their prayers seem to reach a void from which there is no answer, apart from 'the strong feeling that we as individuals do not matter. 'What are we, in essence, after all but a meaningless dance of atoms?' Of course the truth of Christianity is the antithesis of this, but our thinking is clouded at such times.

Satan will, if he can, tempt you to doubt everything you know about Christianity. But you do not need to succumb. Doubt in itself is not wrong. 'One who starts with certainties usually ends in doubt. It is better to start with doubts, and then as you go on, you may approach to certainty' (Francis Bacon). But succumbing to doubt, prostrating yourself before doubt, without a mental fight is wrong. The 'Uncertainty Principle' of Heisenberg and the 'Complementarity Principle' of Niels Bohr have been a boon to Quantum Mechanics. These principles were enunciated in 1927 but the beauty of 'uncertainty', as it were divorced from physics, has become very much an 'in thing' in the arts and theology. Many intellectuals have fallen in love with 'uncertainty' in fields that are a long way from physics. Their posture is not necessarily the best one to imitate if it is ignorantly divorced from analysis and the important concept of the 'balance of probabilities'.

Gnostics totally reject the Son of God coming to this world and dying on the Cross for our sins. To such, it is 'logically' impossible for a purely spiritual God 'having no contact with evil matter' to have a son, and then, of all things, to give him a human body, and send him to live in this corrupt flawed world. No uncertainty about it for them!

Most people in the U.K. have explicitly or implicitly rejected Christianity.

For instance they feel that this concentration on sin and salvation is most uncomfortable and terribly outmoded. "Anyway", they say, "since rationally and scientifically we have convinced our selves conclusively that there is no God, where on earth is there a place for sin (as an offence against God) in our lives?" As for guilt, this can be really bad for you! Every civilised and mentally sound person should have abandoned guilt by the time they have left school! The final insult is when Jesus Christ's followers preach that he was crucified between two thieves, 'the lowest of the low'. "And after all that their preachers make sure that it all ends happily with the Resurrection! 'What a load of bunkum! Surely this is just the tranquillising of sick minds! We shall have nothing to do with it. And as for these 'babblers' [40], let's go and make a mockery of them in public."

"And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked ..." (Acts 17: 32)

The mockery soon turned to derision and Christians are still held in contempt by many, especially by our satirists, critics, cynical intellectuals and many media professionals.

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  1. "... believed not ..." (John 6: 64; John 8: 45; John 10: 26.)
  2. "Surprised by Joy" by C.S.Lewis, p.139. Collins Fount Paperbacks, Glasgow, 1984.
  3. "A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him (Paul). Some of them asked, 'What is this babbler trying to say? ... He seems to be advocating foreign gods.' They said this because Paul was preaching the Good News about Jesus and the Resurrection."

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