Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Final excerpt of From Fratricide to Forgiveness

“Because of its realism about the human condition, the stories of Genesis are well suited to serve as “metaphors for life.” The characters it portrays are not lofty, saintly types who remain forever separated from the rest of the human race. They are limited, fallible, and imperfect. Genesis is an anthology of moral difficulty. It is a collection of stories in which individuals face limitations of every type and must take extreme measures to prevent the eruption of violence in their midst. Genesis is not an ethical training manual for the morally elite but a survival guide for an imperfect humanity.”—From Fratricide to Forgiveness, page 180

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Isn't that the truth? That's one of the things we need to remember about the Bible; it is an eminently realistic book. It takes people who are just as screwed up as anyone you will find anywhere in the world—and then shows you what God can do. If he can do that with them, then he can take your life and transform it as well. "Bible people" aren't superhuman heroes; they are regular people that allow (or not, in some cases) God to get a hold on them.

That's the final post from From Fratricide to Forgiveness. I hope you've enjoyed it; I know I enjoyed reading it...
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