I you read my corner last month you will remember I wrote about a book titled "Jesus and After the First Eighty Years."
There are a couple of testimonies written praising the book and I would like to look at one of these this month and the other the next month. The first says "The author has accomplished something rare in this outstanding book. Free from such "stumbling blocks" as the doctrines of blood atonement and bodily resurrection, the original Christian teaching shines forth with simplicity and directness."
Wow! I know I do not know what Text Archaeology is so maybe i am missing something here. Blood atonement, and bodily resurrection "stumbling blocks'? How can this be? It seems to me that these are Basic Tenets to the Christian faith. As they were eating, Jesus took a small loaf of bread and blessed it and broke it apart and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take it and eat it, for it is my body." And He took a cup of wine and gave thanks for it and gave it to them and said, "Each one drink from it, for this is my blood, sealing the New Covenant. It is poured out to forgive the sins of multitudes. (Matthew 26:26-28
"Why are you frightened?" He asked. "Why do you doubt that it is really I? Look at my hands! Look at my feet! You can see that it is I, myself! Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost! For ghosts don't have bodies, as you see that I do!" As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see (the marks of the nails), and showed them (the wounds in) his feet. (Luke 24:38-40).
Blood atonement and resurrection a stumbling block? I don't think so! They are the cornerstone of our faith.