posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 04:56 AM
From the word in the Great Commission which you translate as "power" we are reminded that Jesus appears to be alluding to the grant of dominion that
is described in Daniel 7: 13-14.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw, coming with the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. When he reached the Ancient of Days and was
presented before him, he received dominion, splendor, and kingship; all nations, peoples and tongues will serve him. His dominion is an everlasting
dominion that shall not pass away, his kingship, one that shall not be destroyed.
Obviously, the grant will not expire, but the earthly realization of the dominion will begin after it has been received, that is, sometime in the
future. That future timing restates Jesus' view as it is presented throughout the Gospels, including before he was killed.
That reading would also comport with the rest of the Great Commission, which you tossed away. Jesus is explaining to the men who couldn't stay awake
to pray with him and then deserted him that they need to get their acts together to prepare for and usher in the age of Jesus' global and temporal
power. This remains a work in progress, as you observe.
Since it is the sort of thing Jesus would say whether in the flesh or in a vision, what he said is irrelevant to whether the encounter occurred in the
flesh or in a vision. Whatever you believe about the Resurrection, then, you would presumably believe equally confidently with or without this
Your fractured fairy tale version of the Bible provides good, if not strenuous, exercise for an agnostic like me, to confirm what various New
Testament sayings actually mean, as opposed to what, with a little editing and a lot of spin, they can be made to sound like. I don't aspire to
"argue for" Christian churches, but I do aspire that when I criticize them, I criticize them for what they actually teach, not something that if
they taught it, then they would be a fringe movement.