November 28, 2005

Salvation Controversies

Concerning the salvation question, (which became especially onerous since the age of the Occamists when the sovereignty of God became more the focus than the goodness of God), perhaps it can be said we are like Peter walking on the water. If we take our glance off Christ and think of the danger of the crashing waves (i.e. hell) we fail. If we take our glance off Christ and think of how easy this is we fail. We can only succeed if we love him and we can only love him when we are looking at Him.

I really like one of the lines in Psalm 22:
"All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted".
In other words, the reason to stand in awe of God is not his strength or glory or beauty but his ability to "not abhor the affliction of the afflicted". That is us, in our Original Sin-flawed human nature. And in a physical way those of us afflicted by sickness, AIDS, cancer. And that is how we must see others. And boy that's not natural. Who doesn't recoil at another's grievous sin or another's ravaged, physically-destroyed body? And we have to not abhor or despise each other's afflictions, because God does not abhor or despise ours.

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