Antihistamine for the soul

One of the scary experiences of my life was watching over the nymph or budgie of friends over 34 years ago. Our eldest daughter was not quite a year old at the time. Even though it has been many years, it seems to me that it was only yesterday. I came into the living room and she sat happily on the floor with a face so bloated she looked like a small Buddha statue. There are many people who get into trouble if they eat certain foods or are stung by an insect. Some people may become physically very ill when they eat pizza or drink cow's milk. Others must avoid all wheat products, even if bread is a staple food. Wheat has always been important to the lives of humans and animals. Even so important that Jesus called himself the bread of life. (This metaphor of bread was understood at all times.) Yet, for many people, this staple can be the cause of agony and even endanger their lives. However, there are even more dangerous allergies that we may not be aware of.

Have you noticed how some Christians react to the "work of God"? It seems as if her intellectual arteries are narrowing, her brain is in a cold shock, and every thought is delayed. The reason for this reaction is that for many Christians the life of Jesus ends on the cross. Worse, they perceive the time between the birth and the death of Jesus as a ritual fulfillment of the old covenant and the time of the law. But the crucifixion of Jesus was not the end, but only the beginning! It was the turning point in his work. Therefore, our immersion in the death of Jesus, the
We experience with baptism, not our end, but the turning point in our lives! Some Christian leaders and teachers have recognized this problem, that many people - like a car in the mud - stop their own salvation and their life in the faith no longer goes on. They follow some hair-raising ideas of how to live a life with Christ. This life is reduced to worship with gospel music and reading Christian books. At the end of their lives - they think - they go to heaven, but what they will do there, they do not know. Please do not misunderstand me: I have nothing against gospel music, the reading of Christian books or generally against worship and praise. But redemption is not the end for us, but only the beginning - even for God. Yes, it is the beginning of a new life for us and for God it is the beginning of a new relationship with us!

Thomas F. Torrance had a great passion to find out who God is. This probably stems from his interest in science and his great appreciation for our founding fathers. In his search, he discovered the influence of Greek pagan dualism on the teaching of the Church and our understanding of God. The essence of God and the action of God are inseparable. Like light, which is both particle and wave, God is also a three-parted being. Every time we call God "you," we witness his being, and every time we say that God is love, we witness his actions.

Interestingly enough, science has proven that pure white light comes from the perfect combination of pure red, pure green, and pure blue light. In white light these three are united. Moreover, science has discovered and proved that the speed of light is a reliable constant in the universe. The life's work of Athanasius, a church father from the 4. A hundred years, culminated in the Council of Nicaea and the formulation of the Nicene knowledge of faith. Athanasius opposed the prevailing teaching of Arianism, the idea that Jesus was a creature that is not always God's position. The Nicene Creed is still a fundamental and unifying creed for the Christianity of the last 1700 years.

Treaties and alliances

Following his brother Thomas, James B. Torrance explained our understanding of covenants when he made the difference between a treaty and an alliance clear. Unfortunately, the Latin translation of the Bible, which was more influential in the Church's teaching than even the translation of the King James Bible, created a problem on this subject when she used the Latin word for contract. A contract has certain conditions and a contract is only fulfilled if all conditions have been met.

However, a covenant is not bound by specific conditions. He does, however, have certain obligations. Every person who marries knows that life is not the same after the yes. Participation and participation are cornerstones of a federal government. A contract may involve the sole purpose of making and delivering decisions, but a federal government needs a commitment from both parties to be finalized. It is the same with the new covenant that came into being through the blood of Jesus. If we die with him, we are also risen with him as a new human being. Moreover, these new people have ascended into heaven with Jesus and are enthroned with him to the right hand of God (Eph 2,6, Kol 3,1). Why? For our benefit? No not true. The benefit that each of us derive from this depends on God's plan to unite the whole of creation with Him. (This could cause another allergic reaction.) Propose universalism, no, no, but that's one story for another time.) There's nothing we can do about God's love through the grace of salvation expressing is not the end, but only the beginning. Paul emphasizes that, among other things, in Ephesians 2,8-10. Everything that we did before our salvation, consciously or unconsciously, has made the need for God's undeserved grace indispensable. But once we accept this grace and become part of Jesus' birth, life, torture and crucifixion, we have also become part of his resurrection, the new life in and with him.

Guided by the spirit

Now we can no longer stand by and watch. The Spirit moves us to participate in the ministry of Jesus so that his "project" for humanity will be accomplished. It is the living proof of the Incarnation - God's incarnation in Jesus - that God not only invites us, but earnestly wishes us to work with him on the earth. Sometimes this can be very hard work and it does not exclude even long and agonizing persecution of people and groups. Allergies are caused when the body no longer knows what is good and acceptable and what is harmful and therefore needs to be warded off.

Fortunately, the cure can be fast and effective. I do not remember what we did exactly when my daughter looked like an air balloon. Whatever it was, it helped her recover quickly and
had no side effects. Interestingly, she did not even notice what happened to her. The Bible assures us that a true God is deeply involved in our lives, even when we do not notice it. When he lets his pure, white light shine into our lives, it suddenly changes everything and we will not be the same as before.

Creed of Nicaea

We believe in the one God, the Father, the Almighty, who created everything, heaven and earth, the visible and the invisible world. We believe in the one Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, born of the Father before all time: God of God, light of light, true God of the true God, begotten, not created, of a being with the Father; Everything is created through him. For us humans and for our salvation he came from heaven, took flesh by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, rose on the third day according to Scripture and ascended to heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father and will return in glory to judge the living and the dead; his reign will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the Lord and gives life, who comes forth from the Father and the Son, who is worshiped and glorified with the Father and the Son, who has spoken through the prophets and the one, holy, Catholic1 and apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins. We await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

by Elmar Roberg


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