There would be little for us to learn from Jesus' exemplary career of good works and patient teaching if his career did not point to an imperishable, transcendent Principle available for all to understand. If Jesus had been merely a charismatic figure who attracted followers by personal magnetism, human dynamism, or mental energy, the Christian gospel would simply be another man-made philosophy or ism—not the divine message or "good news" able to free mankind from every limitation of the human condition.
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