We have discarded the divine blueprint of reconciliation and we have begun the opposing work of delineating false borders, divisions and segregating God’s children on tragic superficiality.
In today’s parable, Yeshua tells us the tale of the sheep and goats at The Day of Judgment. The sheep get “eternal life” and inherit the Kingdom, while to goats are sentenced to “eternal punishment”.
What if none of that is correct, and almost all of our modern English bibles are in error?
The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her, and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, and immortality brings one near to God; so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom. – Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20
Through only one sentence, Yeshua establishes a brand new theological system, based only on empathy, compassion, and devotion to God and each other. There is no mention of “self”, it all about loving God and everyone else.
Simple, clean, beautiful, and perfect.
… and how we screw it up.
The key to this parable (in my opinion) is the revelation that the Kingdom of God, and God’s Salvation are not the same concept. The latter is guaranteed through Grace for all, the former is not a guarantee at all, and not all will be able to participate in its coming on Earth as it is in Heaven. Worse, some won’t want to participate.
Is it better to say, “I will do as you ask, Lord!” and do nothing at all? Or is it better to say, “I will not do as you ask, Lord,” and yet do what is asked?
Sadly, most of us would rather “say” the right thing rather than “do” the right thing.
God is merciful to all of God’s children and creation, good and bad: “And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals? (Jonah 4:10)”
10 years ago, something evil happened that would change the world forever.
10 years ago, evil men attacked us.
10 years ago, the world wept for us.
10 years ago, a new thought entered the minds of many people:
Where was God?
Christ taught us the conscience of God. If something does not express love, do not do it.
So while God may be in all things, not all things are beneficial or divine by association. They must be made so, through the act of restorative love.