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Why Choose a Chosen People? 

Why Not Just Skip Right to Jesus?

 

Why Choose a Chosen People?  Why Not Just Jump Right to Jesus?

A long essay reflecting on a major question overlooked by many: Why did God have an Israel in the first place?  Broken out into parts:

 

Reason #1: To Be a Microcosm of All Humanity, Not a Race or Ethnicity

 

Reason #2: To Live by God's Word and Hope for a Happy Ending

 

Reason #3: To Diagnose the Evil Internal to Human Nature

 

Reason #4: To Suffer on Behalf of the World

 

Reason #5: To Document the Diagnosis

 

Reason #6: To Anticipate God's Dwelling Within People

 

Reason #7: To Oppose Pagan Temple Systems and Glimpse the Trinity

 

Reason #8: To Anticipate the Messiah and His Mission

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the Need to Protect a Chosen People 

 

The Troubling Acts of God:  Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptian Firstborn, and the Canaanites 

When God took human life in these occasions, it was not to supposedly demonstrate "retributive justice," but rather to protect His human partners at the time, until Jesus came among the Israelites.

 

The Troubling Acts of God: 

The Destruction of the Canaanites (ppt1 and ppt2)

A long explanation of the conflict with the Canaanites, from biblical and Trinitarian theological perspective

  

The Troubling Acts of God: 

Did God or Satan Make David Sin? (2 Sam.24; 1 Chr.21)

An examination of a curious mention of Satan acting upon King David, which opens us up into a much larger question. 

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Interpretations of the Hebrew Scriptures

 

George Repper, 'For I Will Pass Through the Land of Egypt This Night, and Will Smite All the Firstborn': St. Gregory of Nyssa and the Allegorical Sense of Scripture (Eclectic Orthodoxy, Feb 6, 2019) a trend from Origen of Alexandria, and later Gregory of Nyssa, to deal with difficult questions in the Hebrew Scriptures, but de-Judaized Christian faith in favor of Platonic Hellenism.  This is a linguistic-cultural-philosophical decision that had a major impact on Christian faith.

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