Saturday, November 16, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Acts 23:6-10(NASB)
6 But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, "Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!" 7 As he said this, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 And there occurred a great uproar; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, "We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" 10 And as a great dissension was developing, the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks.
I'm going to have to trot out one of my top five theological puns-the Sadducees don't believe in an afterlife; that's why they're sad, you see. We have a lot of Sadducees in the modern world who deny anything supernatural, and I'm not just talking about your Carl Sagin types. Many believers have a tin ear when it regards spiritual warfare and don't really have a good concept of Heaven. Without an active God who has built a place for us, day-to-day life becomes removed from God and the fear of death becomes more real; that's why theological liberals are sad, you see. That's why showing people a hands-on God starts to break down worldly stereotypes and get them to think in an extra dimension. If you're not looking in a spiritual dimension, you're not likely to find it.

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