The Dalles About Logos
To the editor:
(Edited for length.)
This letter is responding to a previous letter. The critic (Gary Fischer) who wrote this needs to get a grip on himself. His letter of Sept. 12 was filled with assertions of the Christian Church fearing this and hating that — particularly hating Jews. Obviously, the church has faults—we are all still a work in progress, however I’ve been in the church (evangelicals) for over 60 years and have never heard anyone hating Jews. It’s not that Jews (or Israel) haven’t borne far too much hatred, but that’s not in any biblical doctrine that I know of, or evident in any fellowship that I’ve been associated with. What I found was, that it’s outside the church where Jews are hated.
I would like to address is this critic’s claim about the Logos question. The critic wrote: “The hate and deceiving continues. Christendom spends the “spiritual” loftiness of the new and the “believable” superstitions. “In the beginning was the word and the word was...” You ask me... “In its original language?” Word is Logos in Greek. It expresses the divine intention, mind or purpose. Logos is not “Jesus.”
Looking at the critic’s claim: “Logos is not ‘Jesus.’” This critic seems to believe the New Testament is true, so the critic needs to read all of John’s prologue about “the Word.” Just a few verses below John’s initial statement about the “Word,”(verse 14) is John’s further claims about the “Word.” John 1:1, 14-18(NKJV) Verse 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.“ Verse 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15: John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.” 16: “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.” 17: “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” 18: “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”
It’s a great passage for exegesis.