Re: Adam and Eve

From: Robert Schneider (
Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 17:12:22 EDT

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    See my remark below:

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    From: "george murphy" <>
    To: "JW Burgeson" <>
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    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.
    > George

    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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