Friday, 24 December 2010

that detail demands that you and I do not hate

The mystery of Christmas is that God became human in order that we might be forgiven.  In this statement of faith there are so many challenges for you and I. That each one of us has been given the opportunity to be saved from sin is challenging because it demands from us all the acceptance that every person 'that ever there was' may be forgiven.

No matter how terrible their sin; ‘he died to save us all’ and that detail demands that you and I do not hate, not endlessly anyhow.  To live the life of salvation is to live the life of potential forgiveness each and every day, each and every moment.  It is no coincidence that at Christmas time we love the story of Scrooge finding that he can be good and that he has the chance to make amends.  It is an Easter story and that is what Christmas is all about.

The challenge facing us is that we must allow that God offers forgiveness to all people.  The challenge is for us to dwell on all those we ‘hate’ and imagine their forgiveness.  This is hard for our world to accept and harder still for many whose religious views preach hatred of others at their core.  In Christianity the essence is not so much about proclaiming what is right and wrong or indeed declaiming others as right or wrong but about God offering us all His salvation.

He was born that we might be forgiven.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Mr. C., for a concise and pure distillation of the message. If God came to the world "not to condemn the world" we have a good example for not condemning...