Professor Stephen Meyer
Meaning & Responsibility by Viktor E. Frankl
After being disabused of the false hopes of imminent or immanent apocalypticism, and after being psychologically abused and ostracized by dogmatic enthusiasts, an existential crisis, (a crisis of meaning) presents itself to the believing Christian: What now? What am I here for? With what shall I preoccupy myself? Who are my friends? Where do I find fellowship? What should I be working for and working towards?
Being stripped of an illusion is not completely different from being thrown into a prison of invisible bars and doors. No longer willing or able to endure pointless pretenses, if one is to continue to be a Christian, then both the ideals of the New Testament and the purpose of life must be reassessed anew. In our present search for meaning, the life and experiences of author Viktor Frankl has something important to say to us today.
1. Proposition: Can we tell what an idea in a verse, prophecy, passage or text means by its word definition, context, audience relevance and social milieu? Let's see . . .
2. In Romans 9 does the Apostle Paul teach that MOST Israelites would be saved? Does he advocte that ALL will be lost? Or does he say A FEW will be saved and the MAJORITY will be lost?
Měḥaššěbê ̉ittōts. This is a technical word for Rabbinic Bible teachers and their enthusiasts. These arose sometime after the A.D.70 Destruction of Jerusalem. As the seventh decade (i.e., A.D.132) loomed they began to harold a false and misleading message to the Jewish world about the triumph of Judaism against the Roman Empire in a do-or-die military contest. The Měḥaššěbê ̉ittōts—Jewish “calculators of the time”—planned and then plunged the post-A.D.70 Jewish State into a cataclysmic war, a war that caused the immediate oblivion and disappearance of the nation for eighteen long centuries. No narrative of New Testament eschatology could or would be complete without the second century end of the political state of Judaea (which completion came about by the egregious errors and willful lies that caused the destruction of Jerusalem in the first place).
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