tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9193910827847323491.post5069056719635163108..comments2019-11-28T22:39:39.825-05:00Comments on RE: Think: A Covenant of IdentityAnonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05389903464638309338noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9193910827847323491.post-89172619146026038762009-06-28T17:09:36.229-04:002009-06-28T17:09:36.229-04:00The unconditional love of Jesus is an adage, not s...The unconditional love of Jesus is an adage, not scripture. It&#39;s a human&#39;s way of describing the amazing love of God which forgives sin, but to use it as a foundation for other theological claims (as many do) is dangerous.<br /><br />The fact is, as you pointed out, God does not love all peoples unconditionally. When Israel entered Canaan, the Jebusites, Perusites, Hittites, etc... were to be destroyed. Doesn&#39;t seem like God loved them as He did Israel, does it? No, He chose Israel to set his affection on because He loved their forefathers and chose their descendents after them. <br /><br />However, I would state this: God unconditionally loves those whom He loves.<br /><br />This whole discussion stems out of a Christian doctrine known as &quot;Sovereignty&quot; or the &quot;Calvinist&quot; debate that is largely unsettled among the Christian community today, so if you ask other Christians the same question you may get vastly different answers.Nick Carterhttp://www.truevictories.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9193910827847323491.post-19578260796718784712009-06-25T19:13:41.161-04:002009-06-25T19:13:41.161-04:00Interesting post :) I&#39;ve finally completed th...Interesting post :)<br /><br />I&#39;ve finally completed the piece I&#39;ve been writing on Judaism and Christianity and the respective covenants! A Christian friend is looking it over just to make sure for me that I haven&#39;t misrepresented Christian beliefs and ideology in any way, then I can finally post it!!<br /><br />If you have the time, come and check it out, it should be on my blog by Monday :)<br /><br />--------------------------------------------<br /><br />Re your post: you are of course totally right in that the Jewish covenant with G-d is not in order to avoid &#39;hell&#39;; there is no &#39;hell&#39; in Judaism and we don&#39;t believe in eternal punishment.<br /><br />Rather, the belief is that by performing the mitzvot, or commandments, and following Torah, we draw closer to G-d. There is also a concept called &#39;tikkun olam&#39; - literally translated, &#39;repairing the world&#39;.<br /><br />I have one query,if I may...?<br /><br />You refer to the love of Jesus as being &#39;unconditional&#39;. Does that mean you don&#39;t believe that those who don&#39;t worship him will go to &#39;hell&#39;? <br /><br />If it&#39;s &#39;unconditional&#39; love, does that not imply that the love exists whether or not Jesus is worshipped?<br /><br />I&#39;m a bit confused on one issue: is the notion of &#39;hell&#39; a core Christian belief? I was under the impression that it was, but I&#39;ve also spoken to some Christians who say they believe all moral people reach &#39;heaven&#39; - which interestingly, is the Jewish belief.<br /><br />I appreciate any comments you might offer on this topic :)<br /><br />All best wishes,<br /><br />Tabatha/Jew With A ViewTabatha/Jew With A Viewhttp://ajewwithaview.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.com