Cover To Cover

The Old Testament entails to the story of what happens when God shows up to free His people.

The New Testament entails to the story of what happens when God shows up to free His people.

The entire Bible can then be told as a story of exodus.

The two questions that will continue to plague Abrahamic religions is who are God’s people, and, how will He set them free.

It seems that in the New Testament, everyone is God’s people, because in Adam, all became slaves. No one genuinely knows what happened when Jesus showed up on God’s behalf, as Moses did. In general, Christ atones, and that’s all Christians agree on, even though what atonement means is likewise debated.

What is clear is that whatever Jesus universally accomplished, it has made “grace” through “faith” the efficacious means to freedom.

Grace is God’s active presence in the world. Faith is a persuation, a draw to the good; God, himself being goodness itself. There’s no more to it than this except a commitment to participate in the goodness around you.

What is clear is that regardless of what God’s people think or how they act, God shows up and sets them free; uninterested in retribution and only engaged in restoration.

This is the judgment (dikaiosuné) of God in Exodus, and His justice (dikaiosuné) has no necessary tie to retribution at all, as the story of Exodus reveals.

If you feel the need to argue who is and who is not “God’s people”, I think you’ve missed the plot “in the beginning”. If you feel the need to put people in Hell “in the end”, you’ve likely missed the story of Christ, in the middle.

Just a thought.

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