To Christians: Happy Easter – with Apostle Paul and John the Servant of Christ

Unite Student Accommodation, Central Quay, Sheffield. (Where I lived, and had many deep conversations)

Greeting

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a [i]stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Glory Only in the Lord

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1:1-3; 18-31

Excerpt from the Holy Bible – New King James Version

Reading the excerpts above from the Holy Bible, my mind went back to a conversation I had with an undergraduate student while studying for my masters at the University of Sheffield, UK (we had several such deep discussions, I miss those days).

So this guy could not understand how I could be a medical doctor and a Christian.

Him (I can’t remember his name, or if I ever met him again, I was just introduced to him at Nyasha’s flat): You are a doctor?

Me: Yes

Him: And you are a Christian?

Me: Yes

Him: and you are a doctor? (Again)

Me: Yes (again)

We went on to debate about God and religion. He challenged me that as a doctor, what would I say about people who say they have received healing from illnesses via prayers. I told him about the natural history of many diseases, and how some diseases including cancer could undergo spontaneous regression. Whatever we call it, the Christians – miracles, the scientists – spontaneous regression; what really matters is that a patient has received healing and is happy.

11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

Revelations 3:11

Excerpt from the Holy Bible – New King James Version

“… Jesus, will You show me how far the east is from the west?

… from one scarred hand to the other…!”

Song by Casting Crowns – East to West

Christ is risen! Happy Easter!!!

Dr Ande Elisha

The Amateur Philosopher

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