October 7, 2016 - The Curse of Morality

For all who depend on works of the law are under a curse;
for it is written, Cursed be everyone
who does not persevere in doing all the things
written in the book of the law.
And that no one is justified before God by the law is clear,
for the one who is righteous by faith will live.
Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us…

Galatians 3:7-14

Paul believed that something extraordinary was achieved by Jesus’s life and death, and that nothing we do or don’t do can change that fact.   To the Scriptural insistence that anyone who isn’t moral is cursed, his answer is, ‘yes, and no one is perfectly moral and so everyone is cursed.’  Fortunately, for Paul, morality is not the path to God’s favor.   God chose to love us despite our moral shortcomings.

Photo: The first chapter of Genesis written on an egg in the Jerusalem Museum