Ever felt this way? Read on.
You will hear the phrase “Friday, the 13th no less than 87 times today. No less than 129 theories exist as to how we ever got the notion that a 13th day of the month on a Friday is somehow “bad luck.” The whole idea of “luck” is kind of an odd one really, when you think about it. No data exists to prove that worse things happen on this kind of day than any other. What does is exist is this. God made time. He made you. He knows what will happen every day of your life. Today will not surprise him. No need to fear. Go into it with joy!
“How do you win a war against sad souls who imagine murder as an easy and glorious way to redeem a failing life?” Jonathan Kay asks in a May 27, 2017, National Post blog, in response to suicide bombings. Kay suggests a society with no sense of life after death, a society that can do no better than pile up flowers and teddy bears at terrorist sites and gather funds to memorialize people who’ve died, almost inherently encourages self-destruction. Why not take your life for a cause, if this life is all there is?
Street protests. Vicious graffiti. Warring social media posts. Words flew and households were divided. Then, a wise leader pulled key decision-makers together to try to solve this thing.
No, not current politics. This was something threatening peace and stability 1,692 years ago. It all centered around Jesus — was he God or something less than God? Some said God originally lived alone, then created Jesus and Jesus in turn created everything else; in other words, Jesus was not divine. Others said Jesus was fully God, not subordinate to God. And some tried for a compromised middle ground view.
Arguments raged in the Roman Empire. Pamphleteers had a heyday. Finally Emperor Constantine brought together 200 or so bishops for what became known as the First Council of Nicene, which, according to some sources, began on this date in 325. After weeks of debate, the bishops agreed that Jesus is truly God. They issued what became known as The Nicene Creed.
Athanasius, one of the bishops, summarized it all beautifully.
“Jesus that I know as my redeemer cannot be less than God.”