Does faith in the personal God of Scripture make sense if we acknowledge that we do not have free will? This blog presupposes that we don’t have free will, but argues that far from being a source of anxiety or even a death sentence for faith, our lack of free will may actually be the central point of Scripture and essential to our inherent human dignity.
June 6, 2016 - Perfection
are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Beatitudes are almost always interpreted as a statement of Christian values and
goals. But even if we can manage to believe
that God wants us to be poor, it is even harder to believe he wants us to
mourn. In fact, the Beatitudes are
intended to contradict the accepted theology of the day: that those who are
poor, or sick or outcast are being punished for some sin they committed or that
their parents committed. In John 9:1-3,
Jesus expressly rejects this theology even as the religious authorities insist that
it is true (John 9:34).
has sympathy for, and is attentive to those who are poor, who mourn, or who are
meek, and in that way they are blessed. Even those of us who act immorally have more
of God’s loving attention than those of us who are perfect (Luke 7:36). Naturally, to the extent any of us is not in need, we are
not the objects of His sympathy. Fortunately, none of us is anywhere near perfect.