As of 8/8/5 Jennings has changed his mind and knows NOW that Jesus is God: and Judge of the earth... and that, yes, there IS
an absolute truth.
1 Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Rom.15:10b "...for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. "
appropriate to see What Jennings said about Jesus: http://answers.org/peter_jennings_and_jesus.html ABC primetime special, Paul and Jesus: Word and Worship hosted by journalist Peter Jennings Answers In Action Responds to Peter Jennings
First, here is no unchanging core of doctrine or belief underlying Christianity from Jesus through the apostles through Paul through church history to today. Anything and everything that most people would consider distinctive of Christianity (the Bible, the deity of Christ, His bodily resurrection, Christâ€™s death on the cross on our behalf, salvation by believing in Him, eternal life and resurrection as the rewards of the Christian life, Christâ€™s Second Coming, Final Judgment, and Resurrection of the Just and Unjust) is negotiable. The out-moded faith of the Old Testament is supplanted by the contradictory faith of Jesus, which is changed to the proverbial faith of the apostles, which is replaced by the cosmopolitan, multi-cultural gospel of Paul
Second, there is no discussion of even the possibility that God actually exists or that miracles could happen; this means that there is no discussion of the possibility that Jesus could have actually been the promised Messiah, that he could have actually raised from the dead and appeared to his disciples and later to Paul, that the gospel writers could have been recording historical accounts accurately concerning miraculous events, and that Christianity could be the result of Godâ€™s intervention into human history.
Third, there is no discussion of any religious or theological significance to Jesusâ€™ crucifixion. Only the petty human vanities and fears of human intrigue are discussed: that Jesus engineered his death to provoke his disciples to action, that some Jewish rulers wanted rid of him for his criticism of them, that Pilate believed doing away with Jesus would prevent riots during the Jewish celebration of Passover. Unlike its contemporary examination of Jesusâ€™ crucifixion, Mel Gibsonâ€™s The Passion of the Christ, the Jennings special never even considers that Jesus went willingly to his death, a death predicted and permitted by His Father, specifically because he was taking the penalty for our sins on Himself to become our Redeemer, the one who died on our behalf so that we could live
Fourth, there is no method, procedure, or plan by which Jennings shows us which statements in the gospels or writings of Paul can be believed and which should be rejected as wishful thinking, the apostlesâ€™ evolution of Jesus from simple country rabbi to divine Messiah, or Paulâ€™s invention of a new king worthy to triumph over Rome. We, the ignorant and untrained lay audience, must simply sit at Jenningsâ€™ feet and, for example, believe him when he dismisses that Jesus ever claimed to be the Son of God, or changes, Jesusâ€™ miracle ministry from healing and casting out demons to healing by casting out demons, or simply accepts without any evidence outside the New Testament itself that we know Paul was a Roman citizen.
Finally, by positing a Christianity with no absolutes or continuity, failing to consider the existence of God or possibility of miracles, leaving out all theological and religious significance to the ministry and teachings of Jesus, and abandoning any standard for biblical authenticity, Jennings has effectively given us a documentary about a faith that doesnâ€™t exist. This is not, in the final analysis, a documentary about a religion, Christianity. It is a postmodern experience of amorphous feelings and ideas that have nothing in common over 2,000 years except that they are all casually associated with one word: Christianity.