Would we say that the early church, the medieval church, and the Reformation church were wrong in saying before they read from their translations, “This is God’s holy and inerrant Word”?
This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why we have joy at Christmas. This is why we could say with David, â€œMy heart shall rejoice in your salvation!â€ This is why the angels in heaven rejoiced at the birth of Christ, because his birth was â€œgood news of great joy that will be for all the people.â€
When the focus of The Beatitudes becomes “you” instead of Christ and his kingdom, it merely becomes a moral lesson no different from all other religions that teach salvation by good works–helping the poor and those who grieve and are oppressed, being humble and honest, and promoting peace among people.
As I was driving home the other day from teaching, the radio played George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” In my mind, I found an eerie resemblance between this Hindu mantra and many worship songs sung in churches such as…