The Fear Of The Cross

Tomorrow is Good Friday, and as the secularist society celebrates the day as one that takes them away from “work” for a day making it a long weekend but yet still they are still fighting to remove the cross!

I will devote the next few articles on “The Fear Of The Cross,” and the non-Christian world’s attempts to remove it from view.

As John Stott wrote (a late Anglican clergyman), “We are not allowed to envisage (God) on a desk chair, but on a cross. The God who allows us to suffer once suffered himself in Christ, and continues to suffer with us and for us today.I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as “God on the cross.” In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who is immune to it?”*

God Bless

Brian Mason

*John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter varsity Press, 1986, pp. 329, 335.

Terminology Tuesday: Nihilism

*The rejection of objective moral values and structures, literally “nothingism.” The nihilist is a skeptic about moral traditions and obligations and does not regard them as binding. A distinction should be made between the attitude of the reluctant or sorrowing nihilist, who finds nihilism terrifying but true, and the celebrative nihilist, who view nihilism as liberation from oppressive rules. Friedrich Nietzsche sometimes described nihilism as a fate that haunts Western culture. At other times, he seems more celebrative in his calls for the construction of a new morality. For those who believe morality requires a transcendent basis, Nietzsche is seen as a guide pointing beyond nihilism.

God Bless

Brian Mason

*C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 82.