By George W. Peters
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Thus relativism rather than absolutism gained preeminence. Well does Gerald H. Anderson state the present situation: "The major issues, despite a renewal of interest and discussion, have not been resolved. If anything they have become more crucial. Nevertheless, a tremendous volume of literature has poured off the ecumenical press. There is no lack of speculative material on theology and philosophy of mission. Much of it is of considerable value, much is of little profit, and much is definitely detrimental to the cause of Jesus Christ.
But they are not written as a "life of Christ"; they are too brief and too sketchy for that purpose. Rather, they are four portraits of Christ or four presentations of the same Person from four points of view. Each of the evangelists portrays Christ accurately but according to his own purpose and intent, within his own frame of reference and design, without contradicting, destroying or minimizing his Coauthor's arrangements. We admit that serious limitations and difficulties are encountered in an attempt to build a harmony of the gospels or a "life of Christ" upon the gospel records.
We concern ourselves here only with His relation to the world and to worldwide missions. What was Christ's attitude toward nonJewish people? Does He relate His ministry to the world of nations? Was Christ a nationalist, particularist and provincialist, or was He a universalist? Was He an internationalist with a world mission? Were the benefits of His life and death designed for one people? Or was His ministry directed toward the nations of the world? Was Jesus in the days of His flesh conscious of His racial significance and of a universal mission?
A Biblical Theology of Missions by George W. Peters