Lost In Translation

My theology using the most traditional meanings of what has simply become Christan jargon that not even most Christians know:

God is goodness.

Grace is our perception of goodness.

Faith is our draw to what is good.

Belief is acting on faith; the draw to the good.

Atonement is the experience of belief; participation in what is good.

Salvation is the transformation that comes from the experience of atonement.

Jesus is the way human beings ought to be in the world; exemplifying the fullness of atonement because his will and goodness were indistinguishable, and in that sense alone, Jesus was indeed God and man.

A Christian says salvation is by grace though faith; both, gifts of God. The result is universal atonement, just as the myth of creation would have Adam’s sin universal, and that participation in the good is all that is required on anyone’s part; which is exactly aligned with all other major prophets, such as Micha at 6:8 for example: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Protestants just mean something different by “faith” and “belief” than others have meant by it from the beginning. Universality places clarity in scriptural passages such as 1 Timothy 4:8 where no sense could otherwise be made: “For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” The Christian only having his exemplar closer at hand, not having to figure out all this stuff alone, as it were.

The cult of post Enlightenment Protestantism theology has never been aligned on any notion of salvation, faith, or belief in terms of scripture or tradition, making ideas like Sola Fide burning hypocrisies.

Just a thought.

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