THE JESUS SEMINAR*
by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

On Jesus’ words men dare to vote,
Mere men, who judge themselves as wise,
But blind, with only human eyes,
To what the Holy Spirit wrote.

The Word condemns our human pride,
When we refuse God’s living guide.

But scholars work with scissors and paste,
To pare away the Word’s demand;
Scripture will forever stand,
Its foes the living sword lays waste.

Have mercy, Lord! Your law’s my rule,
Keep me from playing the scoffing fool.

*”The Jesus Seminar is a group of about 150 biblical scholars and laymen founded in 1985 by Robert Funk and John Dominic Crossan under the auspices of the Westar Institute. The seminar uses votes with colored beads to decide their collective view of the historicity of the deeds and sayings of Jesus of Nazareth” (Wikipedia). See the Christian Courier articles, also.

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