Eutopia

Dikaiosýni (Strong’s 1343): Justice, the “right” way or manner of things.

There is no necessary relationship between judgement and punishment, and the entire body of Christ must recognize this. Whether as the Old Testament says, God comes in judgment or whether judgment had been left to Christ, as it says in the New Testament, the overwhelming implication and meaning is simply that at some point in time, everything will be made “right”.

If we understood the Jewishness of Christianity rather than the Platonic or Stoic or Roman or even Manichean twist of it, we would all also look forward to that moment as they did. Not because they’d get theirs and we’d get ours, but that all of creation, all of it, would be restored.

Our part as human beings is to be as we were meant to be (Acts 10:36), understanding that the good we do from our own “iustitia” (the latin translation of dikaiosýni) will for some unknown reason, bear more fruit than it should (II Corinthians 9:10). And our part as Christians is to simply and as best we can, come to clearly understand what “justice” looks like, because of Christ’s revealing words and acts which we believe are identical to the will of God, for there is nothing more to understanding God than being His sacrament in the goodness in the world, to which we must at every moment turn, repent (Micha 6:8).

Apocalypse is far more miraculous than the final book of the New Testament. It begins with Christ and his Kingdom of God, and takes place in every one of us, in each “now” that we overturn in ourselves what isn’t “right”. God’s universal and unlimited grace making all things possible, even this.

Just a thought.

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