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What is the difference between

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What is the difference between what we read about the "world" in the New Testament and what we read about in Time or Newsweek?… What is the difference between John and Time, Paul and Newsweek, when the "world" is in view? The difference is that the biblical authors see everything from a theocentric viewpoint, and secular writers see everything from an anthropocentric viewpoint. That means that the biblical perspective must be seen as theological knowledge in its strictest sense: it is knowledge in relation to God, knowledge as defined by his character, acts, and will, knowledge that derives from him, knowledge that is no less authentic than the One who guarantees it. The biblical writers compel us to read the world from this perspective, to see it in relation to the moral character of God and the ways in which he has disclosed his saving intentions in human history. Secular writers, by contrast, force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s moral will and saving intentions, his truth and his Christ, are never the criteria of meaning or importance.

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If God’s ways were set

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If God’s ways were set out in tabloidese and his reasons were perfectly evident to everyone, faith would have no essential function in man’s relationship with God. Man could walk according to his own light. The truth that ‘without faith it is impossible to please God’ (Heb 11:6) would be redundant.

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From any viewpoint that deals

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From any viewpoint that deals in what seems acceptable to human reason, the cross will always be a scandal. That it ius folly, in our own day, purely irrelevant, comes as no surprise. ‘Shocking and ridulous’ is the natural man’s reactiopn to the cross. It transcends human cultures and is expressed every time human beings are faced with the claims of Christ crucified.

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In Scripture a variety of

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In Scripture a variety of language is found to describe what happenned at the cross: the cultic language of sacrifice, the payment of ransom, punishment and acquittal and that of victory. In these instances, the meaning of ‘Christ died for our sins’ is presented as an offering, a debt, a judgement and the outcome of conflict.

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Atonement is about right relationships.

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Atonement is about right relationships. Its past speaks of brokenness, alienation and the death of love. Its present sees restoration, healing and wholeness. Its future holds hope for deepeniong friendship and mutual confidence.

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