“This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18)
Heresy is defined as being a belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious doctrine. In this passage the Pharisees accused Jesus of heresy because he was calling God his own Father, and making himself equal with God. Jesus did not commit heresy; he told the truth. However, heresy has a long history.
But, have you ever thought of what could be called the “Heresies of Hope?”
It’s too late.
Nothing can be done about it.
You can’t fight city hall.
You can’t change the world.
There’s no hope.
What’s the use?
We as Christians have a Lord and Savior who overcame the heresies of hope. Rather he gives to us eternal hope through his victory over sin, death and the devil on the cross of Calvary.
Prayer: Lord, please renew our hope in you and give us the joy being a hope-giver to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.