Seeing A Ghost

April 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

When Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection (Luke 24:36-48), they originally thought they saw a ghost (24:37).  And Jesus had to make a great effort to convince them of His bodily presence in their midst (24:38-43).  This, of course, is even a bigger problem in today’s secular age when Christianity requires belief in the living presence of the risen Lord when He appears to us as the Holy Ghost.  Seeing the Holy Ghost with eyes of faith is not easy (and some would say close to an impossibility) for modern people to whom only the rational and observable are real.  The philosopher, Charles Taylor, makes the distinction between the disenchanted worldview of a buffered self in a secular age (ala Descartes) to whom everything is in doubt except the possibilities within the self and the enchanted worldview of a porous self that belief in the influence of powers outside the self.  In Luke 24, a true understanding of Scripture (24:45) and being witnesses of the risen Lord (24:48) is not possible without discerning the living presence of the Lord in our midst.

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