Monday, December 25, 2017

Christians are materialists

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14 The Message
That is what Incarnation means. Simple. Straightforward. Not loaded with "ifsands, and buts." But this, according to the last 2000+ years, it is the way things are.

Many religions and philosophies deny the reality or the significance of the material, the flesh. 

Moses at the burning bush was told to take off his shoes because the ground on which he stood was holy ground (Exodus 3:5). Incarnation means that all ground is holy ground because God not only made it but walked on it, ate and slept and worked and died on it. If we are saved anywhere, we are saved here.

One of the blunders religious people (even many who call themselves Christians) are fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God. This is God's world... and today we celebrate that he came and "moved into the neighbourhood."

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