Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)

First Advisor

Paul Bretscher

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

John 1:10; John 3:32; John 15:12; John 16:8f; John 16:16, 20; John 6:68; John 15:19ff; John 1:11; John 12:37; John 8:27; John 8:48; John 10:20; John 5:18; John 7:1; John 8:59; John 10:31; John 10:39; John 9:13; John 11:46; John 18:30; John 18:40; John 19:15; John 1:19; John 1:24; John 11:45; John 9:11; John 11:43-46; John 3:11; John 8:19; John 9:16; John 9:24; John 8:13; John 7:48; John 12:19; John 7:51; John 9:16;


The purpose of this investigation is to determine, on the basis of the Gospel according to St. John, how man, by nature, reacts to Christ. This issue is by no means merely academic. Christ's testimony concerning His Gospel conflicts with at least two situations which exist in our "Christianized" society. For one thing, our Lord told His disciples that the world would hate and persecute them because of His Gospel. Yet, in America today, "Christianity" receives the approval of the majority of people. In the second place, Christ informed His disciples that He had chosen them, not vice versa. The current emphasis in "make their decision" preaching, however, challenges people to "make their decision for Christ."

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