The Gospel According to St William

Born in unremarkable surroundings in a small town located in Judea, over two thousand years ago, was, either Jesus the Man or Jesus Christ, God Incarnate.

The proposition represented by the phrase Jesus the Man is the only possible logical stance for modern historians. Because of the abundance of evidence in support of his existence, they (and therefore we) need not be concerned with the notion that Jesus never existed at all. In the twenty-first century, it is untenable to plausibly hold that view, as any objective examination of the surviving evidence shows. Jesus the Man is the historical figure to be encountered within the context of academic study.

However, Jesus Christ as God Incarnate is a quite different proposition; one that cannot be fully explored academically. As the word that became flesh, the proposal that Jesus Christ is both wholly man and wholly God is inherently illogical. That is why it is fruitless attempting to explore this possibility via the process of reasoning and debate. The subject of Jesus Christ, the divine, holy, Lamb of God cannot be approached logically; especially so, when the investigator does not even allow for the possibility of the existence of God.

So how can we ever know the answer to this central, fundamental question about the nature of Jesus and his relevance to humankind? The answer is: through personal revelation. It is the only way! You must first encounter Jesus Christ, the living word, and only then will you be able to accept many of the things that previously seemed improbable, illogical or even impossible. My hope and prayer is that, as you read this text, you may indeed have such an encounter …

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6 thoughts on “The Gospel According to St William

  1. Tope Fabusola

    I must admit I am shocked to find so many books on your homepage. One great thing is I do not even have to subscribe first! But know this. I shall subscribe willingly now.

    As a new person here, you could call it Respect at first sight.

  2. Will Edwards Post author

    Hi Dale

    I think we are probably agreed on that matter, though I have used different words to express the same thoughts. Daniel (parts) and Revelation are both extremely challenging texts as you will be well aware. Perhaps at some time I may write about them. I certainly think that some commentators are way off the mark – especially with Revelation. Actually, when I read the whole Bible cover to cover, the prophesy in Daniel literally 😉 stopped me in my tracks. I remember spending quite a bit of time with it before continuing.

    Thanks for your kind words – I really appreciate them.

    Will 🙂

  3. Will Edwards Post author

    Hi John

    I am really glad you enjoyed reading it. The book has been kicking about in the back of my mind for some time. I felt that it would be good for me to put into writing what I have come to believe and I also felt that it might help other people who may be wrestling with some of those issues.

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Will 🙂

  4. Sule

    Guess this will be another great book to read from Will Ed’s website. Thanks a lot, Will.

  5. John Chapman

    I have just finished reading ‘The Gospel According to Saint William’. As a Christian of almost 50 years standing and a member of a Church that has been interregnum for the last 18 months, this battery recharger is just what I have been looking for. Thank You,

    God Bless,

    John.

  6. Dale M Kleimola

    Will:

    An interesting and thought provoking essay on religion/belief/science and other Christian/religious/spiritual matters.

    One slight correction, at least in my mind, is in order. I believe the Bible is to be taken literally . . . that is, as it is written. But that does not exclude interpreting the Scripture as having allegory, metaphor or other linguistic devices that might appear to argue against a literal interpretation.

    As an example, I believe the only way to understand apocalyptic biblical literature, such as parts of Daniel and Revelation (as well as other texts) is to read it as “literal allegory or metaphor.” Otherwise we end up in the place of fundamentalism that is forced to read the Bible in one hand and the newspaper (or blog) in the other.

    Thanks for your essay, I enjoyed reading it.

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