- Forgive me for intruding on the excellent dialogue on Festinger and
Wright, but I need some help.
I have to prepare a sermon for the weekend on 'being more like
My position on this is that it is a fallacy that is preached so
often in Church, and seems to me quite illogical. We know that we
cannot be 'more like Christ' in terms of omnipotence, omnisicence,
etc., so what's left? To be more loving, kind, generous, empathetic,
etc? But just because we have 'good days' where we've been a little
better than the day before doesn't, IMHO, make us any more like
Christ than before!
I'm not aware of any scripture that emphatically states that we
should become 'more Christ-like'. Okay, Paul tells us to grow in the
grace and knowledge of Jesus...' but does this mean the same thing?
And what about the context in which this is stated? Are there
elements of anachronism and ethnocentrism on exactly what 'Christ-
like' might even mean in various social settings as we in the
western world percieve 'Christ-likedness'?
Does anyone have any recommendations of good theological articles
from contemporary (or otherwise) theologians who have addressed this
issue? I've scoured most sites like the Context Group, NT Gateway,
etc., to see if anyone has written about this, but nothing seems
around, even from Bishop Spong! Only the usual endless websites
churning out cliches and guilt-trip urgings to be good, do good, etc.
Crosstalk is brilliant and clearly has fantastic theological minds
as contributors. It is balanced, rational, contemporary and a great
place to learn for a 'novice' theologian like me (I'm currently
doing a BA in biblical interpretation).
Any offers of help on this subject -- or even pointers -- gratefully
Pastor, Worldwide Church of God, Ramsey, United Kingdom