Fact a Day: June 2nd - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: June 2nd

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 6,7

 

How do liberal theologians see Jesus?

 

There is no denying the fact that once trust in the Bible as an authoritative source is undermined, its teachings will either be doubted or, considered irrelevant. Yet we don’t think that most Christians, especially the average American, have any idea of the great weight of blame that can be laid at the feet of “liberal theology” and higher criticism for destroying America’s faith in the Bible—or the terrible consequences socially, morally, and spiritually that must logically flow from it.

In liberal theology books, we find Jesus is portrayed in a diverse manner—as a Jewish holy man, an occult magician and mystic, a personification of a psychedelic mushroom cult, a homosexual, a twice-married divorce with three kids, a wicked priest, a social cynic, a political revolutionary, and just about any other view one might wish to take. According to Gregory Boyd, theology professor at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota and author of Cynic, Sage or Son of God?, “Perhaps the most intriguing part of this modern quest [for the historical Jesus] is how the interests and personalities of scholars intersect with their work.”…In other words, these scholars are more concerned with writing about a Jesus they are personally comfortable with rather than accepting the Jesus we find in the four Gospels.

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