Christian Comment with Rev Steve Woodcock of Five Valleys Christian Fellowship

“GOD is dead. God remains dead” A quote from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Sometimes used by people who don’t believe in God.

But the quote continues; “And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves?” Nietzsche, The Gay Science 1882.

Whether he was concerned with God Himself or just the idea of God I cannot say, however the passage does convey divine truth.

Blood was shed, God did die in the person of Jesus, He is the mightiest and holiest of all, it was the ‘murder of all murders’ and the human race stands guilty as charged and is completely unable to wash itself clean.

If that was the end of the story I may as well comfort myself with the complete works of the philosopher.

However, there is another book of much greater renown that completes the story.

God did die.

Slaughtered by the hands of man, at the request of man but also for the benefit of man.

Our rebellion against God had become so great we had passed the point of no return, until God stepped in.

To quote from the better book; “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him”

Nietzsche was the son of a church pastor and doubtless would have been well versed in the scriptures.

His loathing for the Christian faith grew because he saw people claiming faith in Jesus but not acting as Jesus acted.

The church of his day may have created the philosopher.

Let’s make sure the church of our day brings hope.

Let’s live well, judge less and love more.