was self-possessed; he had indignation toward sin, yet compassion toward the sinner; he showed devotion to his work, yet calmness under opposition; universal philanthropy, yet susceptibility to private attachments; the authority of a Savior and Judge, yet the gratitude and the tenderness of a son; the most elevated devotion, yet a life of activity and exertion. See chapter on The Moral Miracle, in Bruce, Miraculous Element of the Gospels, 43-78.
B. The acceptance and belief in the New Testament descriptions of Jesus Christ cannot be accounted for except upon the ground that the person and character described had an actual existence.
(a) If these descriptions were false, there were witnesses still living who had known Christ and who would have contradicted them.
(b) There was no motive to induce acceptance of such false accounts, but every motive to the contrary.
(c) The success of such falsehoods could be explained only by supernatural aid, but God would never have thus aided falsehood. This person and character, therefore, must have been not fictitious but real; and if real, then Christ?s words are true, and the system of which his person and character are a part is a revelation from God.
?The counterfeit may for a season deceive the wide earth; but the lie waxing great comes to labor, and truth has its birth.? Matthew Arnold, The Better Part: ?Was Christ a man like us? Ah, let us see, If we then too can be such men as he!? When the blatant skeptic declared: ?I do not believe that such a man as Jesus Christ ever lived,? George Warren merely replied: ?I wish I were like him!? Dwight L. Moody was called a hypocrite, but the stalwart evangelist answered: ?Well, suppose I am. How does that make your case any better? I know some pretty mean things about myself; but you cannot say anything against my Master.? Goethe: ?Let the culture of the spirit advance forever; let the human spirit broaden itself as it will; yet it will never go beyond the height and moral culture of Christianity, as it glitters and shines in the gospels.?
Renan, Life of Jesus: ?Jesus founded the absolute religion, excluding nothing, determining nothing, save its essence? The foundation of the true religion is indeed his work. After him, there is nothing left but to develop and fructify.? And a Christian scholar has remarked: ?It is an astonishing proof of the divine guidance vouchsafed to the evangelists that no man, of their time or since, has been able to touch the picture of Christ
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