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Saturday, October 29, 2011


> At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year, they have what
> is called "Baptist Day." On this day, each one is to bring a lunch to be
> eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every "Baptist Day," the school
> invites one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education
> center..
> One year, they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr.Tillich spoke for two and
> one-half hours "proving" that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He
> quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that
> since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious
> tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it
> was based on a relationship with a "risen" Jesus, who, in fact never rose
> from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any
> questions.
> After about 30 seconds, an old, dark-skinned preacher with a head of
> short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium.
> "Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him.
> He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating
> it. "Docta Tillich".. CRUNCH, MUNCH.. "My question is a simple question."
> .... CRUNCH, MUNCH... "Now, I ain't never read them books you read"
> .. CRUNCH, MUNCH... "and I can't recite the Scriptures in the
> original Greek"...CRUNCH, MUNCH ......"I don't know nothin' about
> Niebuhr and Heidegger"....CRUNCH,MUNCH...
> He finished the apple... "All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate, ...was
> it sour or sweet?
> Dr Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly
> fashion: "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your
> apple."
> The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled
> paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you
> tasted
> my Jesus"
> The 1,000-plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The
> auditorium erupted with applause and cheers.
> Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform..
> Please pass this on Saints! Jesus has risen.. And He's coming back one
> day...
> '' O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man
> [that] trusteth in him " Psalm 34:8
> If you have, rejoice in the hope of the resurrection that your faith in Him
> brings..

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