Jesus was not a cardiologist. And yet, I would guess that many modern cardiologists, along with the majority of people, would agree with this long-ago statement from Matthew 6:21:
For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.
Did Jesus really say it? The Jesus Seminar scholars, a loose-knit group of academics that have rigorously examined Jesusâ€™ words in the Gospels (and who challenge readers to realize some of Jesusâ€™ statements may have been â€œinventedâ€ by the Gospel writers), had mixed reactions to this verse.
A version of these verses also appears in Luke 12:33-34 and the Gospel of Thomas 76:3. Did Jesus say it? Thereâ€™s no doubt that scholars can debate its veracity. But I believe the statement; those brief words can rattle and rekindle my faith.
I recall when a friend called to tell me he was scheduled for a procedure in the near future. An angiogram. There might be more if blockage was found, including a stent placed in one or more of his arteries. He and his cardiologist had been monitoring some cardiac aberrations and it was past time to take a closer look.
I think my friend was afraid. (I would be too.) Continue reading →