01 August 2013

Missing the Point of the Cross: Roman Catholic Lawyer Seeks to Overturn Conviction, Death Sentence of Christ

Every now and then someone appears who epitomizes the idea of 'missing the point.' The latest is Kenyan lawyer Dola Indidis, a Roman Catholic who is petitioning the International Court of Justice to nullify Jesus’ conviction and death sentence. From Religion News Service:
Indidis, a former spokesman for the Kenyan judiciary, accuses Pilate, who was the Roman governor of Judea, of “judicial misconduct, abuse of office, bias and prejudice.” 
That may well be the case, at least in the view of believers and many Bible scholars. But getting a court to rule on a 2,000-year-old case from an outlying province in a long-defunct empire will not be easy.
Actually, this should not be the "view of believers," because true believers should understand that the trial, sentence and death of Christ all were part of God's perfect, predetermined plan.
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (Acts 2:22–24)
In fact, what did Jesus Himself say to Pilate as He stood trial before him?
So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:10–11)
Without Christ's death, there would have been no atoning sacrifice made for sin. There also would have been no resurrection, and Paul is clear that such a thing would be dreadful.
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:16-–19)
How grateful we are that Paul's words do not stop there!
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:20–22)
In his quest, this Kenyan lawyer is saying to God, "About that perfect, predetermined plan of redemption—thanks, but no thanks."

Then let those who have been saved by Christ, and who love and serve Him, say even more loudly, "Thank You, Lord."

Further Reading
Desmond Tutu Prefers Hell Over a 'Homophobic' Heaven
The Vatican Uses Social Media to Disseminate Its Deceptive, Damning Doctrines
Rejecting the Papacy

1 comment:

  1. Along with his total misunderstanding of theology, this guy REALLY needs to find much more constructive things and ways to use his time and law degree.


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