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May 24, 2011



Jesus may well have thought he was living in the last days.

But what do you tell the person who comes to you and asks, "Never mind the pantocrator and whatnot, is there going to be a Day of Judgment, or isn't there?"

Are you watching "The Borgias" BTW? I'm enjoying it. A useful reminder of what Luther was on about.

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I like it very much, thank you.

John Petty

Oh, I'm not so sure Jesus thought he was living in the last days. I think his intention was for a "beloved community"--the kingdom of God "on earth as it is in heaven."

Of course there's a day of judgment. It's called death. Everybody gets one. I define "original sin" as living "under the conditions of existence." The "payment" for this "sin" is death.

It's possible that there's also another judgment--a kind of cosmic accounting. Images for this vary throughout the Bible--refining fire, separation of sheep from goats, etc--the idea seeming to be that something about us needs to be made different, "purified" even, before we can enter into heaven.

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