Theology II The Kingdom
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Jesus' Dream called?
The Kingdom of God (AKA The Reign of God)
Power of dreams?
Focuses our energies
Guides our choices
Influences our friendships
Why had the Kingdom not been established?
Still too much evil in the world
What is it about?
Vision of God whom people could put complete trust
Radical new vision of God for the Jews
What Aramiac word Jesus used to address God?
Why this might have shocked the people of Jesus' time?
Bc it meant "dad" or "daddy" which spoke of an intimacy with God
When will Jesus' Dream of the Kingdom of God become realized?
when people conform their will to the will of God
when this conversion happens
Jesus' Claim to Divine Authority (4)
Calls God "Father"
Authority greater than the law
Rids temple of injustice
Kingdom "Right Now" but "Not Yet"
Jesus embodied the Kingdom. It began with Him
Jesus' followers only recognized the Kingdom after Jesus' death and Resurrection
We must respond to Jesus' invitation to "enter the Kingdom". Saying yes to God
2 problems that developed among the Jews and conflicted with their following the command to love one another?
- love your neighbors meant Jews only
- law oppressed people instead of guiding them
Jesus called for love without limits and included love of enemies
Love of your enemies was unique to Jesus
What story/parable does Jesus tell that explains this love of enemies?
Samaritans were hated people
Understanding the command to love
Jesus described God's love for us as?
What does that mean?
Why is that difficult for us to understand?
He loves us no matter what
Bc it means we must love others unconditionally - hard on a human level for us - human love is unconditional
What does the word "conversion" mean?
change - metanoia
conversion necessary to participate in the Kingdom
when conversion happens, the Kingdom of God takes roots in our hearts
What did Jesus mean when He said the Kingdom of God is communal in nature?
Not just "me and God"
Relationship between God & individuals & among individuals
10 Commandments - 3 deal with our personal relationship with God - 7 deal with our relationship with others
Why did the ancient Jews believe the Messiah would be a great warrior who would establish the Kingdom through military conquest?
After King David - Oppression by leaders
Jews believed - military leader needed
Messiah would have to be a military leader
What ideas about the Kingdom of God did Jesus clearly reject?
Synoptic gospels only - John does not specifically mention the Kingdom
no boundaries - not geographical
not a new religion or social reform - Jesus never came to start Christianity
not a new philosophy
Theology II The Kingdom