The Severity of God: Religion and Philosophy Reconceived by Paul K. Moser

By Paul K. Moser

This ebook explores the position of divine severity within the personality and knowledge of God, and the flux and problems of human lifestyles with regards to divine salvation. a lot has been written on difficulties of evil, however the subject of divine severity has bought really little awareness. Paul ok. Moser discusses the functionality of philosophy, facts and miracles in imminent God. He argues that if God's objective is to increase with out coercion His lasting existence to people, then dedication to that aim may perhaps present itself in making human existence serious, for the sake of encouraging people to go into into that cooperative solid existence. during this state of affairs, divine agapē is conferred as unfastened reward, however the human reception of it contains rigidity and fight within the face of conflicting powers and priorities. Moser's paintings can be of significant curiosity to scholars of the philosophy of faith, and theology.

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The present book gives a fair hearing to this prospect, with special attention to divine severity in the redemption of humans. The central New Testament message portrays divine grace as culminating in the self-sacrificial life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in keeping with God’s will for human redemption. According to this message, the self-offering of Jesus to God on behalf of humans includes an invitation to humans to share God’s life of perfect righteousness. The human response ideally includes self-giving trust in God (and in Jesus as God’s representative), because God seeks to have humans relate to God freely, reverently, and wholeheartedly.

1:4; cf. Rom. 5:15). This does not seem to be a merely instrumental use of “in,” as if the point were simply that the grace of God has been given by means of Jesus. Paul does think of God’s grace as a gift coming through, or by means of, Jesus (see Rom. 5:17), but he has something further in mind. He holds that Jesus Christ himself distinctively personifies God’s grace for humans, particularly for their having reconciled life in companionship with God. Paul summarizes the point as follows: “you know the grace (charis) of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for Divine wisdom personified 33 your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor.

God’s allowing an action by another agent does not entail God’s causing, performing, recommending, or approving that action. A particularly memorable case of severity emerges in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a self-avowed emissary for God. Aside from the theological significance of his crucifixion, the human treatment of Jesus just before his death was remarkably severe. Some 42 Severity and God theologians assign this severe treatment ultimately to God, and not just to the Roman officials and soldiers, on the ground that God chose to punish Jesus to save humans from the just deserts of their sins.

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