See my remark below:
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From: "george murphy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "JW Burgeson" <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: Adam and Eve
> JW Burgeson wrote:
> > Robert wrote: "If Christianity is the Way, it is a way of good works."
> > OPosted o my PC monitor I have a quotation
> > from Leonardo Boff which reads:
> > "The eternal destiny of human beings
> > will be measured by how much or how little solidarity
> > we have displayed with the hungry, the thirsty,
> > the naked, and the oppressed.
> > In the end, we will be judged in terms of love."
> This kind of thing is why the Reformation was necessary.
It sounds as if Boff was commenting on Matt. 25:31-41. Did the Reformers
decide that that parable has nothing to do with the Christian life, and that
one is not to take literally the judgments given by the Son of Man? Did
they decide that one should only read Eph. 2:8-9 and ignore 10? Are we to
say, "Lord, Lord" and "well, I'm saved and that's all that matters" like the
Lutheran minister in the joke? I can't put my hands on my copy of the Joint
Roman Catholic-Lutheran Statement on Justification, but I believe there is a
statement in it to the effect that failure to show works of mercy to others
would call into question whether the person is really living a life of faith
and has been saved. George, do you have it handy and can look that up and
get the accurate wording?
I cannot imagine that we ought not to take seriously the message in the
Parable of the Coming of the Son of Man, or the message in Eph. 2:10 that
God has prepared beforehand a way of good works to be our way of life--and
embark upon it. I agree with Boff that in the end, we will be judged in
terms of love. Thank God, we shall be shown mercy as well as judgment.
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