Hail To The King!

On Resurrection Sunday it is appropriate to pay homage to the King!

An unsung patriarch who isn’t mentioned in the major historical references of his time period.

After his death, three centuries pass before he is mentioned.

A King who’s life is filled with legends and myths.

King Arthur.

Almost everybody believes Arthur existed despite the scant evidence confirming him.

Because believing in King Arthur is risk-free.

It’s appropriate to talk about another King today.

This king has a much harder time convincing people He lived.

Despite mountains of historical, scientific, and circumstantial evidence,

Jesus doesn’t even get credit for ever being alive.

Because Jesus is different from Arthur.

Jesus won’t allow neutrality.

The story of Jesus changes everything.

Jesus conquered death.

Jesus destroyed sin.

Jesus built a bridge to God.

Jesus explained the source of life itself.

Arthur supposedly pulled a magic sword from a stone.

Much simpler to believe.

No consequences for disbelief.

Centuries later, there are no ‘Arthurians’ gathering to worship.

But there are billions of Christians thanking God for resurrecting Jesus.

Why?

Because Jesus, like Arthur, really did live.

Like Arthur, He really did die.

Unlike Arthur, He lived again.

This is confirmed by multiple sources from the actual time of Jesus.

Confirmed by multiple non-Christian sources.

Confirmed by millions of changed lives.

Happy Easter!

7 thoughts on “Hail To The King!

      • This meme might play well to the not ver6 well informed but to people like Zande who fancy themselves intellectuals, it should be seen as absurd.

        The meme is representative of a common sentiment expressed by the internet atheist community. Christianity is laughable because, “The idea of God sacrificing himself to himself to save us from himself is too much for any rational person to believe.” Now, to be fair, when you say it like that, it does sound ridiculous. But is it? No, and I think I can illustrate why by offering another example. Before that though, I want to deconstruct the phrase to show where the rhetorical power comes from.

        First of all, the repetition of the word “himself” makes this phrase rhetorically powerful. If you have ever seen the movie “Liar Liar,” you will remember the scene where Jim Carrey is in the bathroom beating himself up–punching himself, throwing himself against the wall, and smashing his own head with the toilet seat. That is the sort of picture of God that this phrase paints. To zero in on what might be the lynchpin of this phrase, I think the real power lies in the words “to himself.” If it simply said “God sacrificed himself to save us from himself,” it would still throw some people for a loop, but it wouldn’t sound quite as ridiculous. Adding “to himself” suggests a person being sacrificed to the same person. According to the meme, that is what Christians believe. I agree that this would be wrong.

        In fact, this notion, coming from Sabellianism, Patripassianism, and/or Modalism, has been refuted by orthodox Christians dating back to the 2nd century and was officially condemned as heresy at the council of Nicaea. Thus, what the meme suggests is actually a misrepresentation of the Christian view. Christians are trinitarian monotheists. That is, they believe that there is one God that exists in three distinct persons. Thus, if the Son is sacrificed to the Father, it is incorrect to say that one person is sacrificing himself to himself.

        John Zande, so wrong about so much…

  1. I believe Jesus lived, died, and rose again, proving He is God.

    I obstinately refuse to believe that Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, or Barack Obama ever existed.

    It makes me happier with the universe to embrace the ultimate good, and live in denial about the rest. That’s fair, isn’t it?

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