21 March 2010

Sunday Quote 32110

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"

Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

Matthew 16: 21-28, NIV



Anonymous said...

I have two questions.
1. What evidence do you have for the existence of the soul?

2. What does it "some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom" mean? Are some of the disciples still walking around here somewhere?

The Wingnut said...


What kind of "evidence" would you accept, knowing full well than neither of us can "prove" it?

"We cannot prove a priori the immateriality of the soul, but rather only so much: that all properties and actions of the soul cannot be cognized from materiality."

Immanuel Kant

2. When Jesus said this to his disciples, it was before His betrayal, trial, and execution. All twelve of His disciples presumably were there. After His betrayal, Judas hanged himself (or jumped off a cliff, either way, he committed suicide). Judas, therefore, was dead before Jesus rose again and came into His Kingdom. So some of the disciples who heard Jesus say this were still alive when He finished his redemptive work and returned to his Kingdom.