The Outrageous Claim

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(Advent 2016)

Christianity makes the outrageous claim that the universe is loved into being by a unifying will; a consciousness that searches us out individually by any means necessary; a God who lives, loves, and dies with us and for us. The claim is that this God is Love and mystery, a person; a God who sees and knows and cares; a God in us and among us; a God who becomes one of us if that is what we need.

If the outrageous claim of Christianity is correct, then our politics and economics and culture are far removed from the absolute truth about reality. If Christianity’s outrageous claim is wrong, then it is a Godless universe of blind forces and random events going nowhere, and there is no ultimate meaning or purpose to anything. Whatever we say goes. Some of us prefer this to the outrageous claim that God is love because we think we are smarter than that and because (if it’s true) it places demands upon us.

Advent is an opportunity to stop and reflect on the outrageous claim that God is Love. Another outrageous claim of Christianity is that we are free to decline the Love being offered. This indicates where our greater freedom resides.

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