Some Notes from John Stott’s Why I Am a Christian

I have talked bunches here about the Meaning of Life and related issues such as Happiness or the Argument from Longing. Here I want to take some notes from John Stott’s book, Why I Am a Christian and in particular from Chapter 6,”The Fulfillment of Our Aspirations”.  I find what Stott writes to be interesting because his reasoning is based in part on an exegesis of Scriptures, viz. Colossians 2:9-10. I have not seen this done much before. Anyway…

John Stott

“All human beings have a number of aspirations and longings, which (I am persuaded) only Jesus Christ can fulfill.

… [Addresses two objections]

“Does the fact that food satisfies our physical hunger make us suspicious of food? Does the fact that love brings us a sense of well-being rouse our suspicions about love? Then why should the fact that Christ fulfills our human aspirations rouse our suspicions about Christ?

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ” (Colossians 2:9-10).

Common to both of these astonishing statements (the first about Christ, the second about us) are the word “fullness” and the expression “in Christ.” In Christ God’s fullness dwells permanently, and in Christ (united to him) we ourselves have come to fullness of life.  Everything essential to the divine being is in Christ, and everything essential to our human being is in us if we are in Christ.”

WIAAC

“What then are these experiences, these human longings? My thesis is that human beings have three basic aspirations that only Jesus Christ can fulfill.

THE QUEST FOR TRANSCENDENCE

THE QUEST FOR SIGNIFICANCE

THE QUEST FOR COMMUNITY

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