Some questions

I seem to be putting off writing about Matthew 1:18-2:23 (The Nativity), so here are some questions for myself while we’re all waiting. I’ll try to answer these over the next few weeks. Work is a bit hectic at the moment. I hope to get into a steady posting rhythm early in the new year.

  1. I’m building myself a framework to help me work through the messages in the New Testament. Using Spinoza’s definition of God, I read Jesus as the perfection of the human, and the Holy Spirit as the human striving after (human) perfection. What is sin? What is the devil? Are they always connected? Does all slacking from the road to perfection count as sin? Is the devil responsible for all bad things? etc. [done: see Sin, evil, the Devil, and Demons]
  2. Within this framework it is easy to understand that one should love God and love Jesus. Less easy is the idea that Jesus loves us too. Perhaps I can grasp it intellectually as something like, “Jesus loves because to love is essential to being human.” Harder to grasp in any way or to think how to put into practice is the idea that we should accept Jesus’ love. How can I explain that to myself? How can I do it?
  3. Responding to Mark, I skipped the crucifixion entirely. I should spell out why the crucifixion doesn’t move me that much.

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