Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 10. September 20th, 1949
The Great Objection
The Great Objection
Could it not be that Christ was merely a superman?
Any unprejudiced person would. on the face of the facts of His life, be willing to concede that such a fact is improbable.
None of his sayings are substantially inconsistent with His being God. Nor any of His teachings, nor the sayings of His disciples. He explicitly said He was God and He nowhere explicitly said that He was not.
Point one—there is no inconsistency.
In fact His disciples who knew Him believed Him to be God, 700,000,000 Christians also believe it and numerous great philosophers advance reasons for it being so. There is no atheist philosopher whose genius can be compared with that of Aquinas and other philosophers who believe this fundamental doctrine include Neibuhr, Maritain, Augustine et alia.
Point two—it is believed by intelligent people.
It is also clear that Christ did not think so.
"I and My Father are one. (John 10.)
"As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." (John 20.)
But most important of His sayings making this belief of His clear is the answer to Caiphas. Having been put on His oath to testify, truly His reply was most convincing:
"I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us If Thou be the Christ, the Son of God ..." said Caiphas.
And Christ replied, "I am. And you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of the Power of God and coming in the clouds of Heaven."
If this is a lie, then it is a monstrous He and there can be nothing to prove or suggest that it is one.
Point three—Christ made it clear, that He was.
Perhaps most astonishing of the proofs is the accuracy of the prophecies which foretold His coming.
Plutarch, Virgil and Cicero all refer to the expectation of His coming as an expectation common among nations. But the prophets are precise.
The 2lst Psalm and 53rd Chapter of Isaiah was written hundreds of years before Christ described His last days exactly.
In Genesis (MIX 10) we are told that He will appear when the Jews no longer enjoy self-government. Christ appeared when they were ruled by the Romans.
Daniel (IX 25) predicted the exact number of years between the edict to build Jerusalem and the coming of Christ.
The only possible solution to the problem of their accuracy and consistency is a Supreme Author who knew the future.
Point Four: The prophecies are consistent and accurate in their nature and certain that He is to be God.
There are other points which suggest that the Christiain Faith is sustained by God and not a fiction: the number of past and present mar-tyrs. the present vitality of the Church, the survival of an organisation through 2,000 years of persecution and the growing list of persons in all classes of society outstanding for their concern for the good of man.