Antihistamine for the soul

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

Have you noticed how some Christians react to the "work of God"? It appears that her intellectual arteries are narrowing, her brain is in cold shock, and every thought is delayed. The reason for this reaction is that for many Christians, Jesus' life ends on the cross. Even worse, they perceive the time between the birth and death of Jesus as a ritual fulfillment of the old covenant and the time of the law. But the death on the cross was not the end, but only the beginning! It was the turning point in his work. That is why 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. That was probably due to 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 nature of God and the action of God cannot be separated. Like light, which is particle and wave at the same time, God is a being with three parts. Every time we call God "you," we testify to His nature, and every time we say that God is love, we testify to 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 tied to certain conditions. However, he has certain obligations. Every person who marries knows that life after saying yes is no longer the same. Participation and participation are the cornerstones of a federal government. A contract can involve making and carrying out decisions alone, but a federal government requires a commitment from both parties in order to be reached. It is the same with the new covenant that was created through the blood of Jesus. If we die with him, we will be resurrected with him as a new person. Even more: These new people have ascended to heaven and are enthroned with the right hand of God (Ephesians 2,6; Colossians 3,1). Why? For our benefit? No not true. The benefits to each of us depend on God's plan to unite all of creation. (This could cause another allergic reaction. Am I suggesting universalism? No, certainly not. But this is a story for another time.) There is nothing we can do to help God's love through the grace of redemption It is said that redemption is not the end, but only the beginning. Paul emphasizes this in Ephesians 2,8: 10, among other things. Everything we did before our salvation, consciously or unconsciously, made the need for God's undeserved grace indispensable. But once we have accepted this grace and become part of Jesus' birth, life, torture and death on the cross, we have also become part of his resurrection, the new life in and with him.

Guided by the spirit

Now we can no longer just stand and watch. The Spirit moves us to participate in the work of Jesus so that his “project” for humanity can be accomplished. It is the living proof of the incarnation - God's incarnation in Jesus - that God not only invites us, but seriously desires that we work with him on earth. Sometimes this can be very hard work and it does not preclude long and painful persecution of people and groups. Allergies are caused when the body no longer knows what is good and acceptable and what is harmful and must therefore 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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