September 10, 2005
John must have been looking ahead. He knew that Jesus was alive, and that he was still working. Jesus is still doing “many other things” today. Meanwhile large libraries are full of books by writers trying to understand what Jesus said and did in his days in the flesh.
Now we have Christ in the Spirit, and actually many books have been written about his words and deeds that equal in quality and value this gospel of John. (I know I’m being provocative.)
posted by Larry @ Saturday, September 10, 2005 6 comments
At 1:17 PM, kwakersaur said…
Not so sure how provoactive you’re being Larry.
John leaves this open at least as a possibility when he claims that greater things will be done in Christ’s name than Jesus did in the flesh. Having siad this, I do make the distinction between canon and non-canonical; to evaluate something as better than scripture requires us to first answer better for what? and then we use the canonical scriptures as the touchstone to judge it by.
I guess then, what I’m trying to say in too many words, I agree in theory, but don’t really know what a candidate for better than scripture might look like.
At 1:38 PM, twyla said…
I’m not sure about canon and non-canonical. I won’t pretend to be an expert on history, but I’m distrustful of a group of men deciding this for all time. Especially when, just a little while earlier, a similar group of our “fathers” met to decide whether women have souls or not. Geez. Where there is flesh there is bound to be at least some error.
At 2:36 PM, kwakersaur said…
I’m not sure my notion of “canon” needs inerrancy. A group of men did not meet and decide on the scriptural canon. The judgment of thinking and praying Christians over the course of six centuries confirmed it.
The secular canon is in the same boat. It is entirely possibly that there are better playwrights than Shakespeare. But it remains that any candidates for the position will be judged the standard of Shakespeare. May not be fair but it don’t stop being so.
At 3:42 PM, crystal said…
Interesting, Larry. I like the canonical gospel more than Thomas mainly because they give a story of Jesus’ life and tell of his actions – the gospel of Thomas is just a collection of sayings that, while of merit, lack context. But this isn’t to say one is better than the other … just my personal bias.