The First Word of the Gospel - David Guzik

The First Word of the Gospel - David Guzik

Tom Usher wrote or added | Those of you who have read me for very long will probably know that I practice what I refer to as semantical theology. Here, concerning this video, it applies as saying that David is right that repentance is first but so too are love and truth and peace and all the rest of the good as being one: God. This is an excellent presentation, and the end statement is something with which I agree without qualification.

Let me add this: Then said Jesus, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

There is forgiveness, and then there is forgiveness. All these things come to understanding by the softening heart. The hardening heart loses wisdom.

Much confusion is shown in the term "unconditional love," which is often the supposedly "modern" equivalent of agape love, as meant by Paul, and often also what is meant in the Catholic (including Anglican/Episcopal) and Eastern Rites by Eucharistic love (Holy Communion; Christian communal feast).

There is, however, no such thing as across-the-board "unconditional love" rendering conditions null and void. God rightly loves Jesus more than those who hated him and murdered him. There is nothing wrong with it. The problem arises when people think that love means no conditions should be placed upon anyone that would render that one separated were the conditions not met. It is as saying that there is no Heaven because everything Holy is falling in with all that is evil. That of course, is the opposite of Jesus's work.

Jesus teaches about the New Earth and New Heaven where the separation of evil from the human heart and the heart of the whole of humanity on this plane of existence has occurred in both the temporal and spiritual future of those who believe and act accordingly and to the best of their abilities, always repentant in earnest before and after they fall, always forgiven when they get back up, which can only truly be done in earnest.

Betty Molchany

Interesting, Tom, Thank you. "There is, however, no such thing as across-the-board "unconditional love" rendering conditions null and void." Makes sense to me: never did under the other view that all you have to do is "be saved" and no matter what you atrocity you committed, you will be forgiven, while those who are not saved, though living the life of a near saint, will go to Hell.

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Tom Usher

Thank you, Betty. Yes, the whole thing comes under the general heading of "liberality." It's a very deep bone of contention between the Reformed (some) and pretty much all the rest of "Christendom." There are some "Protestants" who are really an extreme form of pre-Christian Gnosticism where they are "licensed" to do evil. It's about the most twisted aspect of anything called Christian and where they still mean Jesus as Christ, I've ever seen.

It's part of why there are Christians running around with literal swords in anticipation of slaughtering the demon-possessed in the streets. The wrath is not something any follower of Christ is to take up. All readings to the contrary are in error.

It's why the Pentagon is full of those claiming to be Christians but are not. It's why there are so-called Christian-Zionists.

It's a real mess that most people simply want to avoid straightening out.

It has to be straightened out though. It will be too. That's my belief. That's my faith. That's my prophecy. It is spiritual and will manifest in the here and now, whenever and wherever that will be at the time.

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