Originally posted by humy
This doesn’t solve the problem; why would he be specifically be sent to send his message to people of Israel only?
Why not the whole world? After all, wasn't his message supposed to be for everyone ?
-if not, then surely you can excuse me and most people for ignoring his message as I and most people don't come from Israel. So why are you giving us h ...[text shortened]... a god ( or IS a god? ) , what barrier would stop a god ( or him ) from talking to everyone?
Problem? where's the problem? The fact of the matter is that God had created an
environment which should have been conducive to the accepting of the Messiah, the
nation of Israel, after all, they had the Law and the prophets and had practised a
type of worship which should have alerted them to many validating factors, this is
simply not true of the pagan nations surrounding them at that time, the Greeks for
example had no concept of a messiah, the Romans a pantheon of Gods.
You state that his message was universal, and it was, and Christ intimated that his
followers would carry that message to the 'most distant parts of the earth', which
they did, in fact it was so dynamic a teaching that Pliny the younger complained that
it had invaded every village and province in the Roman empire making your
assertion that it didn't reach everyone rather glaringly erroneous.
(John 14:12) . . ., He that exercises faith in me, that one also will do the works that I
do; and he will do works greater than these, because I am going my way to the
Father. . .
Christ's time was limited, his disciples would carry the burden of the work of taking
the message to the nations which they did, Christ detailing that the 'good news',
would go out the the most distant parts of the earth,
(Acts 1:8) . . .but you will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you, and
you will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to
the most distant part of the earth.”
So where's the problem, i dont see any, the teaching just happens to be in the most
widely translated, widely distributed book in the entire history of humanity. It
appears to me that Christians have played the flute, its not our fault if others refuse
to dance, is it.