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
- Forgives sins
- 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?
- Nationalism - love your neighbors meant Jews only
- Legalism - 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?
- Good Samaritan
- 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
- not political
- no boundaries - not geographical
- not a new religion or social reform - Jesus never came to start Christianity
- not a new philosophy
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