1 Out Of 3 Discernmentalists Agree Origen More Faithful To The Whole Bible Than JMac(PBUH)


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In a vote between 3 Discernmentalists—1 out of 3 agreed that Origen would be more faithful to the whole Bible if he indeed took Matthew 19:12 literally than JMac (PBUH). In fact he was overheard stating: “Anyone who doesn’t follow Matthew 19:12 literally is playing games with the Scriptures. I’m serious. I’m not joking. I mean it. . Be real and stop your deception. Either follow the whole Bible or leave the Christian faith. I do not want a cut and paste faith. That is no faith at all.

However 2 of the other 3 were unconvinced as:

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active oldest votes This has been debated, so no one knows for sure. The consensus of the scholars seems to be that this was a malicious rumor about him, possibly started by Demetrios, the Bishop of Alexandria, a prosecutor of Origen. John McGuckin’s Westminster Handbook to Origen states that someone who interpreted the Gospels so allegorically would be unlikely to have interpreted Matthew 19:12 so literally and that in Origen’s commentary on Matthew, he himself derides the literal interpretation of the eunuch and says only an idiot would consider that. Origen doesn’t use the word “idiot,” but you can read his derision for the interpretation in his Commentary on Matthew 15.1-5.

The castration story comes from the historian Eusebius of Caesarea. Eusebius, the church historian who lived a generation after Origen, devotes nearly all of Book VI of his Ecclesiastical History to the life of Origen. While some scholars have cast doubt on the reliability of this source due to the author’s obvious admiration for his subject and the work’s loving hagiographical tone, most do not believe these factors are reason for doubting Eusebius’ reports. However, why take Eusebius’ account over Origen’s own words? A nice account can be found here: http://houseoftheinklings.blogspot.com/2006/09/on-origen.html

Other Discernmentalists are still being polled—stay tuned or not for the final results.

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