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Regeneration As Related To Sin and Death
We continue to dig deep into our ancestral roots of identity. The act of regeneration was a process that transformed all things. One of the confusing issues around this discussion relates to sin and death. Why did Paul tell the Gentiles that sin and death were going to be removed when the Deliverer came out of Zion? The Gentiles thought the regeneration process was complete when Christ died on the cross for their sins. If you want to know your ancestry you have to do the research. So once again we research the Narrative for the roots of our universal, world-centric identity.
Regeneration and Judgment Part 5
This episode is about the relationship of judgment to that of love and acceptance. The Gentiles in Rome thought the judgment of God was a process of separating human beings. Paul goes to great lengths to show judgment as that which reveals the basis upon which all are regenerated. The separation of self as source from Spirit as source was the necessary prelude to the acceptance of all. Paul’s teaching that all Israel will be saved has stood in contradiction to the Christian religion’s teaching of condemnation, wrath and casting away for the purpose of tormenting most of the world for eternity. The Gentiles in Rome institutionalized Jesus, made him the founder of a new religion and passed down this judgment message through history. Paul deconstructs this divisive message and clarifies the nature of God’s love and acceptance.
Regeneration and Judgment Part 4
One of the major themes of the God story, handed down for the last 2,000 years, is judgment. We continue to look at what we’ve done with our understanding of God identity as it relates to judgment. When Christology is made into a religious form its boundaries must be policed. The focus of our thinking becomes tribalistic- who’s in, who’s out? This, of course requires judgment to insure those who represent God’s chosen ones.
Starting with the Gentiles in Rome, the end result of this approach over the last 2 millennia is leading to the disintegration of church attendance, the closing of seminaries and the lack of interest shown by the younger generation.
Now is the time to ask and seek. Now is the time to reconsider long held views of judgmental, condemning language. Is it possible God’s work through Christ offers so much more? Is it possible judgment plays a role in unifying the world by leading to restoration and acceptance for all?
Regeneration and Judgment Part 3
Regeneration is the process of identity transformation. Our human family first understood identity from a tribal or genealogical point of view. Any encounter with tribes who were different brought conflict and even war. Integral thinkers are now pointing to a movement from ethnocentric to world-centric identity. But this world-centric or integrative movement is challenging to those in religion who attach their identity to a tribe that separates itself from all other tribes. Even within Christianity the embedded tribalism of denominationalism supports the divisiveness of this paradigm.
At the heart of the struggle is the issue of judgment. In this episode we continue the conversation for a new earth with regard to the process of casting out and acceptance. Both are part of the story. However, even the element of casting out is to reveal the basis upon which all humanity is accepted and the basis of God’s mercy upon all. And this goes against our ethnocentric instincts.
Regeneration and Judgment - Part 2
In this episode we continue to look at the relationship between Regeneration and Judgment. The subject of judgment has been a very confusing one through the ages. We discuss the role and function of judgment and why it was necessary to the process of regeneration. We also begin to look at the other side of the reconciliatory process- acceptance.
Regeneration and Judgment
In this 4th episode in the Regeneration series we incorporate the principles of judgment as taught by Jesus with relation to regeneration. What is the role of judgment in the Narrative? How can we be in a new heaven and earth when there are those who do not belong? And who decides (judges) those accepted and those who are not?
We will begin by looking at the context of judgment, throne and regeneration going back to the early history of Israel. Judgment has inflicted more destruction, pain and angst upon humans than some physical violence. It’s place in the God process requires our urgent attention, especially as people are looking for answers beyond old paradigms.
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