Forgiveness and Atonement – the Golden Rule

I wrote this in answer to an email I received. I hope the following is not too confusing 🙂

I build my theology top down. There are two main laws (or categories of laws).

1. love your God
2. love your fellow being

The two cannot really be separated, for you cannot love God and at the same time hate your fellow being, and the love of God can be expressed via loving your fellow beings.

Some people may have never heard of the Creator, but through the love of their fellow beings they express the love of God.

For this reason you really only find one law that is in all ancient religions and philosophies: the Golden Rule.

Is Jesus saying Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are alive?

Jesus said the following in Matthew:

Matthew 22:32 “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, BUT OF THE LIVING”.

Did he mean that they were alive? To understand what he said, we need to consider Jewish thought.

The Thief on the Cross – what he asks for

The story of the repentant criminal crucified on Jesus’ side gives way to various interpretations. The debate is over where the comma should be placed in Jesus’ answer. Since in the ancient Greek text there were no pointings, we may expect that it is the theology of the translators that determine the correct rendering, or is it? What if we the context gives us a clue?