“A Foolish Suggestion”

The importance of Jesus as the fulfillment of what Moses and Elijah stood for comes out even more clearly in what happens in Matthew 17 on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter, the man of action, was not one to keep silent and merely marvel at what he was privileged to see. He thought he had to say something. So he blurted out, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, and one for Moses and one for Elijah” (v.4). This was exactly the wrong thing to say. The point of what was happening was that Jesus was the unique Son of God, the king of glory. Moses and Elijah were there to honor him. But Peter’s suggestion had the effect of putting Jesus, Moses, and Elijah on the same footing. Or perhaps Peter even thought it was an honor for Jesus to speak to these other two great men.

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“A Miracle Drug: No Not a Vaccine”

“If one could conceive of a single elixir to improve the physical and mental health of millions of Americans – at no personal cost – what value would our society place on it?” So began the article in USA TODAY in October 2016 in which the authors put forth the idea that religion may be a miracle drug. They went on to note the research that had convincingly shown that when people attend church at least once a week then it reduces mortality 20% to 30% over a 15-year period. They pointed out that the good news is that religion and more specifically regular church attendance is already within the grasp of most Americans. They went on to site that health and religion are very much connected. The findings after 20 years of research concludes that attending religious services brings about better physical and mental health.

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