A New Way of Humanising the World
5.1 Christ as the ideal96 Clearly, at the onset of His public ministry Jesus Christ inter alia indicated that He came ‘to fulfill the law and the prophets and not to destroy them’ (“Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill them” – Matt. 5:17). The implication of this in simple language is that Jesus saw in Himself the fulfillment of the laws and prophecies of the Old Testament. In other words, Jesus’ personality transcends the realms of the laws of the Old Testament and their prophecies. He went beyond arguments in the Temples and caritative works of healing, to a prayerful life that became the main link and connectivity of his ministry. Phases like…let us go to a lonely place and rest for a while…Lord teach us how to pray…bring to mind this going ‘beyond prophecy’ and going back to the basis or the root of the prophecy itself, which is centered on ‘on the oiling of the wheel of prophetism to making witnessing more viable. This we might call ‘lex orandi lex credendi’ in order to arrive at ‘lex vivendi’ of today’s complex society. Perhaps this could account for the fact that our witnessing today might be lacking in some quarters to make the appropriate impacts in the wider society and on humans integrally and adequately considered. It’s no doubt that most theologians have watered down theology today to a mere ‘intellectualism’: a...
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