"The reaction of the world to the Paraclete will be much the same as the world's reaction was to Jesus."- Berard L. Marthaler
"As the Christ, Jesus was at once the fulfillment of prophecy and at the same time the greatest of the prophets. In departing he promised, 'I will ask the Father and he will give you another Paraclete—to be with you always...' (Jn 14:16). Jesus spoke several times of the Paraclete in his farewell discourse, and the condition for the coming of this new advocate seems to have been Jesus' own return to the Father (Jn 16:7). 'Paraclete,' a title peculiar to the Johannine writings, is close to the Greek parakletos, which has many meanings. Paraclete suggests a helper, friend, interpreter, consoler, witness for the defense, and advocate. Raymond E. Brown, who compiled a list of all the texts where the word appears in John's Gospel, concluded that the Paraclete has two basic functions: 1) the Paraclete comes to the disciples and dwells with them, guiding and teaching them about Jesus; and 2) the Paraclete accuses the world and condemns its false values and sin, specifically, for unjustly sentencing Jesus to death.
The portrait of the Paraclete in the Johannine gospel bears a striking resemblance to Jesus. Virtually every quality ascribed to the Paraclete has a parallel in what was said of Jesus. Jesus himself says that the Father will send another Paraclete, thus clearly indicating that his own mission was that of a 'paraclete,' with all the complex connotations that this title carries. The Paraclete will come, sent forth by the Father just as Jesus came, sent into the world by the Father. It is said that the disciples will know the Paraclete and the Paraclete will remain with them, much as it was said that the disciples were privileged to know the Son, who will remain with them. The Paraclete will guide the disciples along the way of all truth; Jesus is the way of truth. The Paraclete will bear witness; Jesus bears witness (Jn 8:14). The reaction of the world to the Paraclete will be much the same as the world's reaction was to Jesus. The world does not know or accept the Paraclete, much as it remained ignorant of Jesus' true identity and rejected him (5:43; 12:48).
In many ways the Paraclete is to Jesus as Jesus is to the Father: as the Paraclete is sent in Jesus' name, so Jesus came in the name of the Father. 'Thus,' writes Brown, 'the one whom John calls another Paraclete' is another Jesus.' The Paraclete is the presence of God in the world when Jesus ascends to the Father. In his farewell discourse Jesus revealed that this Paraclete is in fact the Holy Spirit. He said, 'The Paraclete, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will instruct you in everything, and remind you of all that I have told you.' (14:26). The Paraclete will not teach novel truths or a new revelation but will witness to the full meaning of Jesus' mission and revelation."
B. L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology
Twenty-Third Publications, 2007, page 275-6
"Christ's teaching is not generally understood in its true, simple, and direct sense even in these days, when the light of the Gospel has penetrated even to the darkest recesses of human consciousness; when, in the words of Christ, that which was spoken in the ear is proclaimed from the housetops; and when the Gospel is influencing every side of human life—domestic, economic, civic, legislative, and international. This lack of true understanding of Christ's words at such a time would be inexplicable, if there were not causes to account for it.
One of these causes is the fact that believers and unbelievers alike are firmly persuaded that they have understood Christ's teaching a long time, and that they understand it so fully, indubitably, and conclusively that it can have no other significance than the one they attribute to it. And the reason of this conviction is that the false interpretation and consequent misapprehension of the Gospel is an error of such long standing. Even the strongest current of water cannot add a drop to a cup which is already full."
Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is within You
Bison Books, 1984, page 54
"What has been passing for Christianity during these nineteen centuries is merely a beginning, full of weaknesses and mistakes, not a full-grown Christianity springing from the spirit of Jesus. - Albert Schweitzer
First, I owe a word of explanation to readers. This book is not about one more attempt to prove why it is wrong to be a fundamentalist. Nor is it a book meant to prove that Jesus is not divine-at least in a metaphysical sense-and never walked on water or raised anyone from the dead. Indeed, I could not prove such a thing to anyone who wasn't already inclined to believe it. Instead, it is a book written by a pastor, an invitation that comes bearing the postmark of the church and addressed to those who already accept the Bible as inspired, but not infallible. It is not offered as a scholarly argument against literalism or literalists, nor is it intended to be one more tirade against any form of ignorance or arrogance. Those in glass houses should not throw stones.
Rather, it is a word on behalf of those who have walked away from the church because they recognize intellectual dishonesty as the original sin of orthodoxy. It is a sermon addressed to nonbelievers as well as to those who grew up in the church. It is meant to provide a second opinion for all those who know what they are supposed to believe but refuse to equate miracles with magic or liturgy with history—and yet fall silent when someone reads the Beatitudes or get goosebumps listening to the parable of the prodigal son. It is not an apologetic but a call to reconsider what it means to follow Jesus, instead of arguing over things that the Church has insisted we must all believe about Christ. Doctrines divide by nature. Discipleship brings us together."
Robin R. Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church
HarperOne (February 24, 2009), Pages 13-14
The Messiah-Paraclete "So, as I told you yesterday, no use giving a sermon, talking about you - talking is not going to create the reality. We can talk anything we want to. Does it become reality? And He has predicted that 'I'll send you the Holy Ghost; I'll send you the counselor; I will send you the redeemer; I'll send you the comforter'. If they were true disciples of Christ, they would have waited for this time to come.
But somehow or other, anybody who put forward the idea of Holy Ghost, they shunned it, they never talked about it. Of course, it did introduce Christ to people, also told what is the righteous life is. But gradually it started losing that effect upon itself, as we had at the time of [UNCLEAR WORD] and started becoming more a sort of a political institution that deals with politics. Christ was never a politician, was He? He was a carpenter's son and He lived like a carpenter's son. Did He live in big palaces? Whatever is His status of life, He lived with it. So one has to realize that God's work does not need any money. All the God's work is free."
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