Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Cast: Christ's Ministry

Christ on the Mountian

Christ, with three of his disciples, climbed up a mountain where Christ was transfigured before their eyes. The word, transfigure, is based on a Greek word, which means, to change.  An interesting thing must have happened there; Christ was changed, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. Mat.17:2 ECV. To help us understand this picture better, let us take a short excursion into the realm of TV science fiction. 

If the crew of a spaceship needs to move a person from one place to another, that person can be ‘beamed up’ or ‘beamed down’.  As the person being moved “dematerializes”, he becomes altogether bright.   When that person ‘materializes’ again he loses his brightness. This, in science fiction, can be done without causing any harm to living cells.

Does this really seem to wild to accept in real life?  Remember, That which was impossible yesterday becomes possible today and tomorrow we will wonder why we ever thought it impossible. God Drives a Flying Saucer. Dione.  We, also, bring to mind what Mr Blumrich said about the spaceship of Ezekiel, the only fantastic thing is that such a ship was tangible reality 2,500 years ago.
In Search of Ancient Gods. Von Daniken (Heron and Souvenir Press, New York, N.Y.)  

We must remember that the crew on Jehovah's spaceship was already safely using devices, which we today are only imagining.  Now, leaving science fiction, we return to the Bible narrative.

We read that Christ’s face shone and that his raiment became white.  Was He perhaps “beamed up” to the spaceship where he met Moses and Elijah?  In the next scene, we find that those three have been “beamed down” and the three of them are standing on the mountain talking to each other.  

It needs hardly to be reiterated that a UFO and a bright cloud are almost inseparable, for even in this incident we find that a bright cloud overshadowed them. Luke 9:28-36.  The first time that Ezekiel saw a UFO he said, As I looked...a great cloud, with brightness round about it.  Ezekiel 1:4.

References to the Lord appearing in a bright cloud are numerous in the Bible.  The cloud does serve a very practical purpose; to cover the spaceship from the eyes of humans.  The times in which the history of the Bible was happening, just as today, the beings from outer space did not want humans to be aware of their physical limitations and so they hid behind clouds.

It is true that this picture of Jehovah and His Son make them appear to be less majestic than we would like them to appear.  However, this puts God’s care and love for His laboratory specimens into the realm of the understandable.  Understandable enough, at least, to gain a real appreciation for it.  If, as said earlier, the earth is God’s laboratory, it would not be at all surprising that He would love His creation and care for it.  This concept is almost within the grasping range of the human mind. 

However, the idea that an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, totally spiritual Being, that gigantic force which created the universe, can love each individual person, completely stupefies the imagination and even faith cannot lay hold of it.

Christ in Prison

Saint Peter tells us that during the time that Christ was in the tomb, he went to preach to the spirits in prison1 Peter 3:18-19.  This statement leaves a few questions:
  • If Christ had not been dead, but unconscious only, how would His spirit have been free to leave his body to enter the prison of the spirits?  
  • If, as our pastors have taught us, everyone goes to heaven or "hell" at death, who was left in the prison for Christ to preach too?  The prison would have been empty!  The church leaders have taught us un-truths in so many areas of Bible study.

Christ Leaves Earth

Luke writes that Christ and his disciples were together in Galilee and While they (the disciples) were watching He was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes. Acts 1:10.  This is reminiscent of the experience Christ had on the mount of transfiguration (the beginning of this post) when he was “beamed up” and later "beamed" back to earth again. 

This time, however, after being "beamed up" he was not "beamed down" again.  He went to be with His Father in His spaceship, and to prepare an eternal home for us.  While Christ was being taken up, two other men, dressed in dazzling apparel, were being “beamed down”.  These two men made the disciples, and consequently, all of us, a promise. They said, this Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Acts 1:11.  

Christ will be coming back in a spaceship!  The Bible almost distinctly says so.

No comments:

Post a Comment