But that, of course, is playing games with the text and not engaging the text. The text is:That's DEFINITEly what she meant.
And I'd actually put indefinite articles in there. "A way, A truth, A life".
Sure, but I wasn't talking about "the text". I was talking about how it came to be "the text". If I'm a random scribe making notes at one of Jesus' talks, or memorizing his key words for an oral re-telling, I'm going to note down, or memorize, "way, truth, life", without articles. The articles are a theological statement; no guarantee that they are the identical statement to what Jesus actually made.But that, of course, is playing games with the text and not engaging the text. The text is:
Ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή
Those are definitely definite articles. To substitute indefinite articles (or to leave the article out altogether) is presenting a dishonest translation of the text which is then easily shot down.
You should honestly engage with what the text means by saying by "the way, the truth and the life" rather than just pretending that it doesn't say that.
Here are the words I spoke Sunday morning:My selected texts for Sunday, February 2, are:
Psalm 84:5-8 / Hebrews 2: 14-18 / Luke 2: 25-40
Here are my first impressions after reading the texts for next Sunday:
The Psalm speaks about the blessing that follows trust in the sufficiency of God. We notice that it is within us that the path to heaven resides. This interior world is rich with blessings that bring forth life. The Psalm ends with a prayer expressing desire to be united with God.
Hebrews lets us know that Jesus was a human being just like us. In facing death on the cross and accepting this as the will of God Jesus takes away the fear of death which has the whole world in bondage. This fear of death is stimulated by the presence of a divisive spirit. This traces back to the garden of Eden and the temptation of Adam and Eve. From that point human being has been divided from God by the hunger for power. We are reminded that Jesus was human in every way. As he faced death without fear we too may follow in faith, trusting that death leads to resurrection. Jesus continues to be present with us by the Holy Spirit.
Luke speaks about two elderly persons who welcome the appearing of the baby Jesus. Each has heard from the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the one who will bring change. That change overcoming the darkness of the time and opening to new possibility. We are wise to remember that salvation has to do with life on earth as it is in heaven. God’s desire is for us to follow Jesus and accomplish the work of revival and renewal. Like the two persons, we find hope in the presence of Jesus. Through Jesus what was lost will be found. That being the true meaning and purpose of our human being.
Maybe it is a salty metaphor ... actually something abstract? Imaginary networks! May these be conjured in conjugative powers ... bring people down ... related lapse!That Matthew passage always bugs me because it ignores an absolutely vital reality about salt. Salt doesn't lose it's saltiness. Ever. It's NaCl. It's intrinsic property is saltiness.
You assume something. That the salt people are using is pure. It could be cut with other things (either intentionally or other minerals in the water evaporated to get the salt). If too adulterated it ceases to have the saltiness that is wanted/needed and so is useless.That Matthew passage always bugs me because it ignores an absolutely vital reality about salt. Salt doesn't lose it's saltiness. Ever. It's NaCl. It's intrinsic property is saltiness.
Its one of the more stable elements.....much like our faith in God should be. We cant live without it but we can have too much or too little.... I think Jesus was using salts qualities to point towards many things such as our spiritual life.That Matthew passage always bugs me because it ignores an absolutely vital reality about salt. Salt doesn't lose it's saltiness. Ever. It's NaCl. It's intrinsic property is saltiness.