Gabi Lupescu – Mai buna este intristarea decat rasul

“Mai mult face un nume bun… decat untdelemnul mirositor si ziua mortii decat ziua nasterii. Mai bine sa te duci intr-o casa de jale, decat sa te duci intr-o casa de petrecere, caci acolo iti aduci aminte de sfarsitul oricarui om si cine traieste isi pune la inima lucrul acesta. Mai buna este intristarea decat rasul, caci prin intristarea fetei inima se face mai buna.” ( Eclesiastul 7, 1-3 )
Cum este posibil ca ziua morti…i sa fie mai buna decat ziua nasterii? Afirmatia Bibliei pare sa sfideze orice ratiune. Si aceasta cu atat mai mult cu cat chiar Solomon, autorul cartii Eclesiastul, afirma mai departe ca in “locuinta mortilor” nu mai exista “nici lucrare, nici chibzuiala, nici stiinta, nici intelepciune.” ( Eclesiastul 9, 5.6.10 )
Cand te nasti, ai intreaga viata in fata, se deschid perspective largi , iar planurile de viitor sunt numeroase. Dar cand mori …? Ce perspective si ce planuri mai raman pentru cel care pleaca ? Si atunci, cum poate Biblia sa afirme ca ziua mortii e mai buna decat ziua nasterii ?
Am gasit un singur raspuns la aceasta intrebare: Atunci cand te nasti, nu aduci cu tine nimic in aceasta lume. Nici macar numele!!!… caci si acesta ti se da…Mult incercatul Iov stia si el acest lucru atunci cand afirma: “Gol am iesit din pantecele mamei mele…” ( Iov 1, 21 )- Si totusi, atunci cand mori, iei cu tine ceva foarte important: caracterul. Si lasi in urma ta ceva la fel de important: influenta. Un caracter pe care l-ai cladit zi de zi si cu care te vei prezenta la marea judecata a lui Dumnezeu, precum si o influenta pentru care, de asemenea, vei raspunde candva inaintea Creatorului.
“Caracterul pe care-l aveti in aceasta viata , va fi caracterul pe care-l veti avea la revenirea Domnului Christos. Daca vrei sa fii un sfant in ceruri… trebuie sa fii un sfant pe pamant !. Trasaturile de caracter pe care le cultivi in viata nu vor fi schimbate prin moarte sau inviere. Vei iesi din mormant cu aceeasi dispozitie… pe care ai avut-o in camin si in societate!. Domnul Isus nu ne va schimba caracterul la revenirea Sa. Lucrarea de transformare trebuie facuta acum !!!. Viata noastra de zi cu zi …determina destinul nostru !.” .Amin.

Debate by noted Christian scholars on the Trinity

Wikipedia has a good introductory summary of how Christians describe the Trinity-

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity defines God as three divine persons (Greek: ὑποστάσεις):the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The three persons are distinct yet coexist in unity, and are co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial (Greek: ὁμοούσιοι). Put another way, the three persons of the Trinity are of one being (Greek: οὐσία). The Trinity is considered to be a mystery of Christian faith.

The major difference that divides the 3 major religions- Judaism, Christianity and Islam can also be traced right back to each faith’s particular understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Three years ago, 4 theologians met and debated, on the outskirts of Chicago at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School  (TEDS for short) of Deerfield,Illinois. They were/are former and current professors of TEDS – Bruce Ware, Wayne Grudem, Tom McCall, Keith Yandell.

The question the professors debated was-

Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the Persons of the Godhead?

Here is the Moderator, Dr. Chris Firestone’s introduction: There’s a real need for the Christian Evangelical community to maintain clarity and precision in its understanding of the doctrine of God, both in terms of its Christology and Trinity. This is where tonight’s debate picks up in earnest. The doctrine of the trinity is most arguably the most central and distinctive feature of the Christian faith. Questions to keep in mind as this debate proceeds-

  1. Which position best reflects the biblical witness?
  2. Which position is the most reasonable and rationally cogent?
  3. Should the biblical witness and rationale cogency be thought to conflict with one another?
  4. Should the Christians just stick with the confessional norms of the Church? If so, which position resonates with the historic position of the Church? If not, how revisionist of these norms should Evangelical Christians be?

Please set aside a good portion of time for this very important debate, as it is 2 1/2 hours long, and very well worth the time, considering the debaters, especially the most well known debater- Wayne Grudem, whose Systematic Theology Textbook sits on all of our shelves. At the introduction Dr. Chris Firestone also mentions several books written by the panelists on the subject of the Trinity that are well worth looking into as well. Enjoy!

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