The Incarnate Word Part II


by Mike Ratliff

And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:30-32 ESV)

Spiritual blindness is the result of darkness of the heart not being subject to the light of life that comes from the Lord Jesus Christ alone. Those in this darkness are ruled by their unbelief. They may consider themselves to actually be quite knowledgeable about Christianity or “Jesus” or religion, but they do not possess saving faith because they are unregenerate. They are still of the “opinion” that the sound doctrine of the atonement for the sins of those whom God saves is just another incomprehensible religious thing that elevates a “mythical God, and a mythical Jesus” way out of proportion to the actual mission of Jesus, et cetera. Men such as Bart Ehrman who wrote Misquoting Jesus would be one of these. Of course, his thesis has been soundly rejected by all sound Bible scholars, that is, those who are diligent in the soundness of their approach to interpreting Scripture. On the other hand, there are some whose unbelief has only been made darker and deeper by their acceptance of Ehrman’s fallacy and others like his.  Continue reading