Does Punishment Really Have Anything to Do With Justice?

Upon one occasion, Jesus told a parable in which there was a father who had two sons, and the younger of the sons approached his father to receive his share of the inheritance before his time, and he took it off in a far land, wasted it, and was living in utter misery, upon which he came to himself and returned to his father, begging to be made a servant in his father’s household, but his father took him back as his son saying, “This son of mine was dead, but now he is alive,” and far from holding any consequences or punishment over his head, threw a great feast in celebration of his returning. The elder son, however, refused to take part in the feast, unhappy that his younger brother was being taken back into the household without any account of his wrong-doing being taken. Continue reading “Does Punishment Really Have Anything to Do With Justice?”

The Gods and the One Who is Not Challenged

Early on, the majority of those who confessed Jesus to be the Son of God, crucified and risen again, decided that there were no gods, that all the gods of the Pagans were either figments of their imagination or demons from hell, and that anyone was a heretic who acknowledged the existence of governing spirits of nature or other entities of that sort that were neither perfect angels who served before the face of God in Heaven and were His messengers to mankind or demons from hell who were nothing but evil. Continue reading “The Gods and the One Who is Not Challenged”

We Follow Jesus, Not Rules

“The greatest command is this: to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul and all your strength. The second command is like to it: to love your neighbor as yourself. On these depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

“A new command I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

“I give you a new command, though it is not a new command, but an old one, that you should love one another.”

“By this do we know that we love God: that we love our brothers and sisters. Whoever does not love the brother or sister he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen.”

“I, the LORD, look at the heart.”

This is the “Law” of the Christian Life, the heart of Christian “morality.” It is not about rules or regulations or laws, but about love, about the heart. Why matters a great deal more than what. Thus, God’s true law, the one He has shown to us in the life of His beloved Son, and the one which He has given to us to follow, is that of love, not of judgment or the strict adherence to rules.

Regulations and rules are the consequence of the Fall, the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Continue reading “We Follow Jesus, Not Rules”

The Gospel According to Acts: God Raised Jesus

I was reading through the Book of Acts recently, and I noticed that the message preached by the Apostles and various Disciples was primarily the Resurrection – that Jesus, who was crucified, has been raised from the dead by the power of God. A lot of people talk about not “sugarcoating” the Gospel, Continue reading “The Gospel According to Acts: God Raised Jesus”