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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait a second guys... Av asked a really remarkable question there!
...about whether Jesus was actually encouraging people to worship him.
That is so central to things.

Wos wrote:
Note that the scribes asked which commandment (singular) was the most important. Nonetheless, Jesus gave two (numerically speaking) answers.

That's kinda strange, considering that they were asking for him to give a pat, reductive answer. That is, it might be seen as strange, unless he was actually giving a single, unified answer with dual, irreducible poles.

^ I love this!
Because Jesus' answers to people's questions are so sage and subtle.
("Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!")
Sometimes He conceals, and sometimes He reveals.
A Master teacher, a Master counselor.

I love it when I look back in a dialogue, and finding someone gave Jesus a petty, self-interested question -- and totally did not get what they bargained for!
And sometimes he gives His hearers an answer to a better question they should be asking.

Rawedge Rim- I don't think I've talked to you as much as most of the people on this thread.
So your ways are not well-known to me. (and mine probably are not to you.)
So I'm going to ask... can I poke at you with some questions?
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Isn't that moving the goalposts, though? Cuz I thought that you were asking whether or not love is enough.


I'm effectively equating the two...good works arise from your love of your fellow man.

If you want to split them though, then I would think that performing good works is more important than whether you actually love them or not. We are what we do, not what we think.

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linna Heartlistener wrote:
Wait a second guys... Av asked a really remarkable question there!
...about whether Jesus was actually encouraging people to worship him.
That is so central to things.

Wos wrote:
Note that the scribes asked which commandment (singular) was the most important. Nonetheless, Jesus gave two (numerically speaking) answers.

That's kinda strange, considering that they were asking for him to give a pat, reductive answer. That is, it might be seen as strange, unless he was actually giving a single, unified answer with dual, irreducible poles.

^ I love this!
Because Jesus' answers to people's questions are so sage and subtle.
("Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!")
Sometimes He conceals, and sometimes He reveals.
A Master teacher, a Master counselor.

I love it when I look back in a dialogue, and finding someone gave Jesus a petty, self-interested question -- and totally did not get what they bargained for!
And sometimes he gives His hearers an answer to a better question they should be asking.

Rawedge Rim- I don't think I've talked to you as much as most of the people on this thread.
So your ways are not well-known to me. (and mine probably are not to you.)
So I'm going to ask... can I poke at you with some questions?


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+JMJ+

Linna Heartlistener wrote:
Wos wrote:
Note that the scribes asked which commandment (singular) was the most important. Nonetheless, Jesus gave two (numerically speaking) answers.

That's kinda strange, considering that they were asking for him to give a pat, reductive answer. That is, it might be seen as strange, unless he was actually giving a single, unified answer with dual, irreducible poles.


^ I love this!
Because Jesus' answers to people's questions are so sage and subtle.
("Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!")
Sometimes He conceals, and sometimes He reveals.
A Master teacher, a Master counselor.

I love it when I look back in a dialogue, and finding someone gave Jesus a petty, self-interested question -- and totally did not get what they bargained for!
And sometimes he gives His hearers an answer to a better question they should be asking.


Much obliged. Smile

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Wosbald wrote:
Isn't that moving the goalposts, though? Cuz I thought that you were asking whether or not love is enough.


I'm effectively equating the two...good works arise from your love of your fellow man.

If you want to split them though, then I would think that performing good works is more important than whether you actually love them or not. We are what we do, not what we think.


How does Jesus' death on the Cross factor into this? What is Death "with or without" (indifferent to) love?

Everyone dies. What might make Jesus' death different? So different, that Death/the Cross (something which would seem the antithesis of a work) becomes the Great Work (or even the "ground-breaking concept") of Christianity?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't factor for me. If anything, the fact that he died in the sure and certain knowledge of Heaven (taking as given for the sake of argument that all that is factual) makes it less meaningful than the death of any believer who goes in hope, fear or uncertainty.

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+JMJ+

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Doesn't factor for me. If anything, the fact that he died in the sure and certain knowledge of Heaven (taking as given for the sake of argument that all that is factual) makes it less meaningful than the death of any believer who goes in hope, fear or uncertainty.


Then maybe that's the real place to start the investigation prompted by this thread's OP. How could a religion which presented the following of the Master through the path of suffering and death as its animating work and "ground-breaking concept" have gotten the traction so as to have "resulted in large part in the very world we live in today"?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Than poke I shall!
Rawedge Rim wrote:
...keep in mind we are talking the order or importance. Over and over the Bible states that love of God takes precedence.

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Luke 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters-yes, even their own life-such a person cannot be my disciple
Do you think a Christian people sometimes have to choose between:
truly loving a neighbor/friend/family member... and loving God?


Wos- I think there's a strong sense in which Av's equating of love and good works is consonant with scripture.
I think he should get some bonus points for that. Wink

Though I was totally not expecting the direction you took that... Jesus' submitting to the cross being in some ways the antithesis of a "work." (I'm chewing on that.)
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linna Heartlistener wrote:
Than poke I shall!
Rawedge Rim wrote:
...keep in mind we are talking the order or importance. Over and over the Bible states that love of God takes precedence.

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Luke 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters-yes, even their own life-such a person cannot be my disciple
Do you think a Christian people sometimes have to choose between:
truly loving a neighbor/friend/family member... and loving God?


Someone kidnaps you and your family. You sincerely believe in God. They tell you that you must deny God or they will shoot a member of your family. They also tell you that they will keep tabs on you, and if you display any faith in God, they will kill a member of your family. (think Steven Kings "Quitters Inc.) This will go on for the rest of your life.

Do you tell them that you will not renounce God, or do you renounce him?

Keep in mind that hundreds of thousands if not millions have been given this choice throughout history.

and to be fair, the Church gave many the same choice throughout history.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Doesn't factor for me. If anything, the fact that he died in the sure and certain knowledge of Heaven (taking as given for the sake of argument that all that is factual) makes it less meaningful than the death of any believer who goes in hope, fear or uncertainty.

--A


Keep in mind that he had the option of saying "I don't think so" and skipping out of the crucifixion. By the accounts of the scripture, he certainly had the power to avoid it if he rejected his role in this drama.

Instead he went through it, becoming the "Lamb of God" (not the metal group), the perfect sacrifice, fulfilling the "Law" and the prophesies.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+JMJ+

Linna Heartlistener wrote:
Wos- I think there's a strong sense in which Av's equating of love and good works is consonant with scripture.
I think he should get some bonus points for that. Wink


Tru dat. I never open up a can o' whoop-ass on anyone unequivocally.

It was only his suggestion that good works are indifferent to love which prompted the observation that it is only love which makes death the quantum leap from unwork to Great Work.

For God so loved the world …



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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wosbald wrote:
How could a religion which presented the following of the Master through the path of suffering and death as its animating work and "ground-breaking concept" have gotten the traction so as to have "resulted in large part in the very world we live in today"?


I think at least part of the answer is mentioned by RR below...

Rawedge Rim wrote:
and to be fair, the Church gave many the same choice throughout history.


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Instead he went through it, becoming the "Lamb of God" (not the metal group), the perfect sacrifice, fulfilling the "Law" and the prophesies.


Thing is, what did he actually sacrifice? He knew that he would automatically go to heaven and resume his place there. Was that really such a big sacrifice?

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wosbald wrote:
How could a religion which presented the following of the Master through the path of suffering and death as its animating work and "ground-breaking concept" have gotten the traction so as to have "resulted in large part in the very world we live in today"?


I think at least part of the answer is mentioned by RR below...

Rawedge Rim wrote:
and to be fair, the Church gave many the same choice throughout history.


Very Happy


Rawedge Rim wrote:
Instead he went through it, becoming the "Lamb of God" (not the metal group), the perfect sacrifice, fulfilling the "Law" and the prophesies.


Thing is, what did he actually sacrifice? He knew that he would automatically go to heaven and resume his place there. Was that really such a big sacrifice?

--A


Jesus did not sacrifice his life as you are thinking of it. Instead he "became the ultimate sacrificial lamb" for the expiation of sin in man, hence the title "The Lamb of God".

Quote:
1 Peter 1:19
but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot

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Wosbald wrote:
How could a religion which presented the following of the Master through the path of suffering and death as its animating work and "ground-breaking concept" have gotten the traction so as to have "resulted in large part in the very world we live in today"?


I think at least part of the answer is mentioned by RR below...

Rawedge Rim wrote:
and to be fair, the Church gave many the same choice throughout history.


Very Happy




Think of the question this way:

How did 12 guys manage in a couple of hundred years to convince the Roman Empire to convert to Christianity, especially as 11 died in the process, and one made a living actually killing Christian converts.

Try to convince 12 guys now to do something like that; "hey guys, I need you go out and preach this crazy religion, be dirt poor, and by the way, 11 of you will be tortured and killed in the process, and the last one will die in prison. Oh, and I need you to advocate something that most of your fellow Jews will nearly puke after hearing, which is to eat of the body and blood of Jesus in order to enter heaven."

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Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

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And He gives the scandalous parable of the Prodigal Son.


One of the things that I learned from that parable is that while people tend to learn from the prodigal son, I learn from the other son. I tend to be the 'first' son. Who says "Why is the son who went away and did everything wrong, the one welcomed and a party thrown for." i.e. I go to Church every week, tithe, pray, do for others.. why the big party for the person who did none of that?!

The Father greets him and wraps his arms around him and welcomes him home. And explains, "All I have is yours already, but your brother who was lost, is found."
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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love I am become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal

And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains and have not love I am nothing

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned and have not love it profits me nothing without love
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Keep in mind another of ways that Jesus was ground breaking when set against Jewish tradition and Law:

According to Jewish tradition and law, a person suffering from misfortune was receiving his just punishment for either his own sin or his ancestors. Also according to the priests, it was unlawful, and therefore a sin, to do anything on the Sabbath, even heal the ill.

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John 9:2-34 2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means "Sent"). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...Someone kidnaps you and your family. You sincerely believe in God. They tell you that you must deny God or they will shoot a member of your family. They also tell you that they will keep tabs on you, and if you display any faith in God, they will kill a member of your family...

Okay - this is a challenging example to argue versus.
I had mentally prepared for a different argument.
(Like - on the one hand - people saying you're not being 'loving' because you're not being an enabler enabling someone to get what he or she wants.
OTOH, there are a hundred little ways that a Christian can neglect to love others in the day-to-day, and tell himself that he is doing it for God and be wrong. We must guard against this too.
And there's other cases...)

Anyway, your example has people choosing an evil course of action and intending to make an innocent captive complicit by their own choices.
But the Gospel must be robust against that, because we do live in a world which has evil. People really do act in that way.

Hmm, needs more time for thought.

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One of the things that I learned from that parable is that while people tend to learn from the prodigal son, I learn from the other son. I tend to be the 'first' son. Who says "Why is the son who went away and did everything wrong, the one welcomed and a party thrown for." i.e. I go to Church every week, tithe, pray, do for others.. why the big party for the person who did none of that?!

I am like this as well.
Once I was talking about God with someone who I didn't know well.
He spied my Bible, and said, "Is that your Bible? Do you go to church a lot?"
Annoyed with him because of our interaction so far and deciding "I'm gonna own it," or something, I said "Yeah, I'm kind of a church nut."
In that instant, the potential for me to do him good with that conversation shattered.
I had just laid out a narrative where I was just THAT kind of person, and he was a completely different one.

So I turned it over in my head for awhile, as one is wont to do... wondering what I should have said.
And then I began to remember what things used to be like.
When I was growing up, I didn't go to church.
As a kid, I would pass the signs of churches and wonder what their names meant. With words like "Nazarene" and such.
But I would quickly tell myself, "but that's not for us." (our family) "Because we're atheists."
Not annoyed and wanting to get inside. Just quietly indifferent.
And so it's really remarkable that I should be in a church at all.

Actually, I understand this parable IS written for folks in that position of "I'm the good kid."
The complaint of the older son echoes the grumbling of the pharisees and scribes whom Jesus is telling the parable to.
(Luke is masterful in his work of noting which audience Jesus speaks to.)

And yet the scenes from prodigal son's life are displayed in such detail for all to see. I think it's partly Jesus pointing the eyes of all those envious older-brother-like bystanders to the wretched condition of the younger brother saying, "Just look at him!"
"It looked like a good thing, but don't you see how much it cost him? Do you really just think he got all the fun?"

The two sons are not that different:
one son thinks that pleasure can be found in stuff and what stuff can buy.
The other thinks that pleasure will be found in reminding himself (and everyone else who will listen!) of his self-righteous duty.
Both are far from the father. One is physically absent; the other is present, but his heart is absent.
And neither of them has any idea just how willing the father is to be generous.

Not that different at all.
and in that spirit, here's what I'm thinking about this...
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Thing is, what did he actually sacrifice? He knew that he would automatically go to heaven and resume his place there. Was that really such a big sacrifice?

I always have questions like that nagging in the back of my mind, too.
It's like my mind hasn't wrapped itself around someone truly God also being truly man.

But that's not what the scriptures are saying.
Jesus' agony in the garden of Gesthemane - when contemplating - deciding about - going to His death - had him deeply distressed / horrified / alarmed / anxious.

Also, the part about being a sinless person... how do we consider that? Might it make someone capable of experiencing MORE excruciating mental anguish than you or I can?
...since he has not numbed himself to grieving over the world's sorrows and injustices.
"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

Anyway, Av's question is one that bugs me too, so if others have answers that speak to it, I want to hear them.. for me.

P.S. Sorry for the long post guys... it's totally me trying to make up for my flakey absences.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So you were raised an atheist home and rebelled by becoming a Christian? Very Happy

That's how it sounds, right?
Well, God can use that, too.

When I went off to college, I literally got the "If you want to be religious, you can read the Bible; that's fine. You can pray; that's fine. But don't go and get involved with organized religion!" talk.
I even remember thinking about it very seriously when making a decision about whether to go to a Bible study I saw a poster for..
that first week on campus.
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