5/29/2008 9:03 AM
Christian hope rises from its Story of Hope. How different from Greek fatalism, Nietzschean despair, current hopelessnesses, and contemporary false hopes! Consider the plot.
It begins in eternity. As noted, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God….” (John 1:1) The Greek term, Logos, translated here as “Word” actually had 1300 meanings in the ancient world: purpose, , plot, vision, dream,…hope…. Against this background and borrowing a bit from Martin King, might we say, “God had a Dream.” Or in our idiom here, “In the beginning was the Hope…”
Hope for what? What God wills/hopes is inextricable from who God is. In Christian faith God is the triune God, three Persons, Father, Son and Spirit in absolute mutuality-- a loving Life Together. Or in the simple summary of 1 John 4:8: “God is love.”
As God is Life Together, the Hope of God and the final Word for the world is “life together.” The Christian Story as narrated in Scripture, then later laid out in the three acts/paragraphs that is the drama of the ancient creeds is the plot that moves toward that End. The Christian Story series , of which this blog aims to be the germ of Volume 6, follows that plotline. Here is a brief look seen through the lens of hope.
If the doctrine of God as Trinity is the prologue, then chapter 1 is “creation.” God brings to be a world of nature, human nature and even a “supernature” of powers and principalities. We are called to be—in divine hope-- a life together with God and one another. And humans are even given an image (imago Dei) within them of that life freedom and peace for which they are intended
Chapter 2 in our story is a collision between hope and reality. To God’s outstretched hand (think of Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—God reaching out to Adam ), the world makes a fist instead of forming a clasp. So comes the NO! to the divine invitation. “Sin” is that fist shaken by humans in the face of God, with its effects and counterparts in the rest of creation. So the stumble and fall of the world. And for us, therefore, also a broken image. Hope is dashed as estrangement happens.
Yet in this story we have to do with a stubborn Hope, a love that will not let us go. Here is a “hope against hope,” one not servile before fact (Bonhoeffer).So comes Chapter 3, and that in two parts.
Part 1 can be portrayed by another picture, a rainbow sign. The self-destructiveness of the fallen world with its attendant divine judgment is not the last Word from the God of Hope. Rather comes the rainbow promise and a covenant with Noah and all the world to keep the Story moving forward. Its blessings include multi-colored hints of life together in creation and in the preservation of that broken but not destroyed image of God in us. Here is a “common grace” that gives enough small rainbow light on the path ahead for all humanity to see and seek something of that life together.
Part 2 of Chapter 3 tells of the rainbow’s end. It lands among one people chosen for a special role in the unfolding drama, and thus a special covenant made. “How odd that God should choose the Jews,” ponders the poet. Yet in the mysterious providence of God, the calls comes to Abraham , captives are freed, the law is given to Moses, prophets, priests and kings arrive on the scene. Hope rises again for a world in which swords and beaten into plowshares, wolf and lion are together and a child puts its hand over an asp’s next—creation as life together! And with this a hope as well for One who will bring it to be.
Chapter 4 is that center of the Story. To be continued.
Copyright ©2008 Gabriel Fackre
By ssss on
8/27/2011 3:54 AM
Re: Hope: The biblical Story begins
In this modern and fashionable society, people are pursuing for Replica Watches cool, unique, stylish and innovative. Whether it is watch replica or fashion accessories all means a lot for modern society of today. Same is the case with trendy looking Replica Watches. When these are watch replica, the excitement just gets doubled. Most chic looking Replica Watches are in fashion now. These are one of the favorite fashion accessories for men and women long time ago. If you have not yet tried watch replica, it's time to own one and feel the difference it can make to your personality. These are just brilliant and fabulous replica watches swiss made. They are most iconic and can provide you with a new feeling and enhance confidence. The quality of best replica watches is just superior to what you have dreamt of. Today owning a new and trendy looking replica swiss watches are not only meant for the wealthy people. These are now made luxurious and affordable wholesale replica watches to reach out to every budget and range. You can just enjoy them by ordering replica breitling watches online where you get the complete satisfaction and genuine quality at best possible rates. The finish, quality and designs you get from breitling replica watches are really astonishing and you will love them all. Different styles and designs of replica watches swiss made are now available to make your wrist beautiful. You can choose from the wide variety of best replica watches by comparing lots of perfect and stunning pieces. These replica swiss watches would be nice investments for you in long term. These wholesale replica watches are brilliant and prove to be wonderful for you while it makes you stand out of the crowd. The dashing and extraordinary replica breitling watches you get will attract every eye in a crowd and makes you feel more confident. If you are not having breitling replica watches yet, check them out and own them now as were not so affordable ever before. You will not miss them out. Be it Christmas or Valentine's Day or any other special day that you would like to celebrate, a replica watches swiss made gift would be just perfect for any occasion. Many people think of the perfect best replica watches to purchase for their loved ones. Even if you shop for your special occasion at the last moment, you are sure to find something nice at replica swiss watches. wholesale replica watches gifts are not restricted to just your lover, you could also pick perfect for almost everyone, including your family and friends. What is so extraordinary and unusual when it comes to replica breitling watches is that you have an option to pick and select your own to be attached onto the of your preference. Just in the range of breitling replica watches, it provides options of a standard or you could opt for the obsidian. Once you select the bracelet, then you select the charms to be supplemented onto the bracelet.
By bre on
9/9/2011 10:30 PM
Re: Hope: The biblical Story begins
, provided by Jaeger-LeCoultre.In one word, celebrities wearing famous watches is a good phenomenon that makes both watch producers and Sony Batteries A perfect gift does much help, for it is the best carrier of your infinite deep love. Are you ready to express your keen affection in this special laptop batteries morning of each and every 30 days of 31 times as quickly as reaching the "31".and In several weeks which may have much less than 31 days, or when Replica Hermes ng for, there must come one that will properly suit you. A lot of them are traded at heavy prices because they are all created from precious ma gucci handbags form an arc. If the shape is not smooth, we will feel uncomfortable when we wear them. Therefore, we should attach importance to the quality of these acc Sony Batteries he year 1947, the company is founded with its focus mostly on the clothing business. In the course of the particular 1950s, it has expanded its Sony Batteries encountered cold shoulders. At that time, although there was an abundant supply of skilled watch craftsmen, most craftsmen tended to work in their Hermes Replica e very soft with good elasticity, which can make the socks fits your foot very well; this material also have good air permeability, you will neve Compaq Batteries l. And that adds a petty feature to the watch. Overall, the dial is highly legible and a bit avant-garde.The Edox WRC Rally Chronograph Auto Sony Batteries op in craftsmanship. They are so similar to the genuine that most people even those who are familiar with the authentic ones are prone to mis Hermes bags not spot the differences at the first glance. Manufacturers of them put great care and dedication on every detail, making sure that they are in perfect l swiss replica watches d mysterious. it's got golden proportions, unque wineglass and wonderful tourbillon escapement environment that results in an illusion the fact tha replica watches uk can make the pressure be the same no matter in or out of it. The pressure can be imbalanced soon, though. If we don't have the val gucci bags replica watches aren't sold which has a assurance, which may grow to be high priced in the end.Whilst, if you can't pay the find the rea HP Batteries watch would be recorded on its product notebook about purchasing contract number, series number on the back side of case, watch's material, Apple Batteries