The Finality Of Christianity -- By: William Hallock Johnson
BSac 77:307 (July 1920) p. 272
The Finality Of Christianity
The question which John asked of Jesus is being asked today in a slightly different form: Is Christianity the religion that was to conic, or do we look for another? Is there to be some other religion more satisfying in its sup-ph of human need, richer in its promise of health and happiness for the individual, and offering a quicker and surer remedy for the economic and social ills of the race? The question is again a legitimate one. We recall a noonday sermon in Trinity Church. New York City, in the course of which the preacher, Phillips Brooks, remarked: “If I can find any being who will lead me higher and farther than the Christ, I will drop the hand of the Christ and follow that being.” Is there, then, or will there be, any other religion, or any substitute for religion, or any improvement upon Christianity, that will lead us higher and farther? Is Christianity the final religion, needing
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only to be more clearly apprehended and more fully applied, or do we look for another? Some reasons for believing in the finality of Christianity may be suggested.
1. Christianity is the final religion because it is the most historical of all religions. In no other religion can there be traced centuries of preparation in the education of a people, leading up to the supreme revelation in the fullness of time. The Word was made flesh, the creed was wrought “in loveliness of perfect deeds,” and the message of the gospel was written in letters large and plain across the face of human history. Scholars have pointed out some close affinities between Christianity and the mystery religions of the time which centered about the dying and rising of the god of vegetation, but these mystery religions lacked historical foundation as well as moral power and have passed away; while ...
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