Becoming

The Gospel is the good news that everyone seeking the good is forgiven when they fail to find some cosmic, reified perfection in themselves. No one is good and neither Jesus nor countless reiteration of a life repeated in innumerable circumstances will help you find it. It doesn’t exist. What does is becoming.

Salvation, atonement, is merely the human experience of seeking God, which is by faith “the good”, and participating in it. It is what happens as we do. What we find there is humanity; the thing we can understand, and in as much as our likeness to whatever gods there may be, incomprehensible as they are, we apprehend something with theological significance which is quite insignificant to any real point. Meaning, if Theology is to mean or do anything, it is only that it points us towards beliefs inviting us into participation and any idea that it informs us about the gods is meaningless; we cannot act on what we comprehend of God, the incomprehensible. What we can do, all we can do, is act on what we believe we ought to become. In fact, that image can only be a human one. For the Christian, this should be immediately agreeable.

Humanity is the great becoming. It is salvation when we hold to the good in ourselves. It is never attained as the measure is infinite, God. The good news is we are not judged by attainment, which is what imputation mistakenly presumes, be that Adam’s “sin” nature or Jesus’ “sinless” nature or provision. We could only be judged in the sense Luke suggests; that there was something we were to work toward, however well or poorly, but didn’t.

The Gospel would then be about no other belief than forgiveness in doing the good. Not saved by works but saved from who we were because we literally have experienced the good, experienced “God” in the only way the idea could possibly matter. Transformation. Not condemned for not being God or good but saved by becoming human more and more, finding the likeness to the God we are icons of and resonating with it, in tune, atoned; or rather, atoning constantly.

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