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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

24 April 2011

The Jesus Seminar

From the Archives

Q: What is the “Jesus Seminar?” I’ve seen them mentioned in the news from time to time, usually suggesting that our understanding of the Bible is wrong.

A: The “Jesus Seminar” is a group of people who’ve come together under the basic assumption that much ... or most ... or all ... of the New Testament is a collection of myths, folk tales, or fabrications of the early Christians. Under the banner of “scholarship,” they assemble to discuss and then vote whether or not they believe that Jesus said or did the things recorded in Scripture and whether or not the records of His followers are true.

Because of their biases coming in, they’ve decided that the miracles didn’t really happen, that Jesus’ words about Himself as divine are later fabrications, and that most of what we believe about the Savior is — if not an outright lie — wishful thinking. These people’s lack of faith is to be pitied, their conclusions are to be denied, and their conversion to the true faith to be prayed for.

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Walter Snyder is a Lutheran pastor, conference speaker, author of the book What Do Lutherans Believe, and writer of numerous published devotions, prayers, and sermons.

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