Faith in Jesus #1


First of all, faith in Jesus does not arise because a person is better than others, or more naturally religious. It arises from a study of Jesus, not a study of faith. The person who trusts Christ does so because he or she is persuaded by hearing or reading about him that Jesus makes sense of experience and may therefore be trusted. This study of Jesus uses human reason, but it must use reason appropriate to the object of the study. I do not think, for example, that a determined atheist could make an appropriate study of Jesus because he or she would have inappropriately rejected much of the evidence a priori. Any object has to be studied on its own terms if we are to understand it and relate to it reasonably. Mere prejudice is not a substitute for reason.”

P.F.Jensen, The Future of Jesus (ABC Books 2005)

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