8/11/19 – Realtor’s sign outside a dilapidated house

Posted on : Aug 8th, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

One of the most debated religious questions is whether humanity is inherently good or evil.

In the first story of creation (Genesis 1:1-Gen 2:3) God unequivocally says everything God created was good, and humanity is not only good, but “very good.”  From this story comes the spirituality known as “Original Blessing.”

The second creation story (Genesis 2:4-3:24) has a different take.  God is good; but humanity?  Not so good.  It’s the second creation story that has the story about Adam and Eve and their temptation to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  From this story comes the doctrine of “Original Sin.”

The spirituality of inherent goodness focuses on “Original Blessing.”  The spirituality of “the fall of humanity” focuses on sin.

Choosing one of these two basic beliefs has a radical impact on the way we view life and humanity.  Progressive Christians almost always focus on the spirituality of “Original Blessing” meaning humanity is born good and blessed and that goodness is found all the way in our core of being.  Other traditions that tend to be more judgmental focus on “original sin” and “the fall of humanity.”  The “fall” refers to humanity falling from a state of grace into sin.

As a Progressive Christian, I believe in the spirituality of “Original Blessing.”  We are much more blessed than cursed.  A deeper understanding of how this plays out in real life came to me when I saw a meme poking fun of Realtor’s For Sale Signs.  This particular meme had a picture of a dilapidated, old house.  Outside was a realtor’s sign which read, “I’m beautiful inside.”

For me, that’s the best explanation of our human condition.  We may be run down, we may be a mess on the outside, but in God’s eyes we are beautiful inside.  I believe that focusing on the beauty within humanity brings about much more positive and healthy relationships than that of judgementalism.  So, this Sunday we’re going to look at how we are “beautiful inside.”

Blessings,

Dan

Matthew 3: 13-17

Matthew recounts what happened immediately after Jesus was baptized by John.

 

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. John would have prevented Jesus, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  But Jesus answered, “Let it be so now; for it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then John consented.  And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water, and the heavens were opened and Jesus saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and then a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Child, in whom I delight.”

 

 

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