Mark 3: Presuppositions


It is interesting that even during the time of Jesus, people thought He was crazy. In Mark 3, the Pharisees even argue that He was demon possessed. I love the answer that Jesus gave.

Mar 3:22  And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

Mar 3:23  And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

Mar 3:24  And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

Mar 3:25  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Mar 3:26  And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

I think that this stood out to me so strongly because it is exactly the type of presupposition that so many people make in the world today on a variety of topics. Jesus was not normal. The things that He was doing did not normally happen. I think that is a pretty fair assessment assuming of course that the Gospels are reliable.

There had to be some explanation for why Jesus did what He could do, and the Pharisees did not want to say that He got His power from God for obvious reasons. However, it surely looked like some kind of supernatural activity going on, so since God was out of the picture by default, it had to be Satan.

The world today is not going to jump right to Satan, but the automatic exclusion of God is still in play. The universe seems to have some type of design, but obviously we cannot assume that God is even a possible explanation for that extraordinary feature of nature. There has to be some other explanation. It had to be Darwinian evolution. It had to be a big bang (or maybe not as I guess some people are arguing recently). There is no such thing as purpose, but everything is a product of random chance because there cannot be a designer by default.

I find it interesting that many people who will argue that they are the most open to following the evidence wherever it leads exclude a possible explanation simply by default. It is similar to what the Pharisees did in the situation although at least they were willing to acknowledge the realm of the supernatural.

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Posted on March 9, 2015, in Mark and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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