Personal salvation is not the primary concern of the New View. It is important, but is seen within a wider context of God's Cosmic Plan. It is necessary for that plan but is not end of that plan.
|Issue||Some Conventional Views||New View|
|Value of Non-human Creation||As a backdrop to the drama of human salvation||Of eternal value to God in its own right.|
|How we can Treat Non-Human Creation||A resource for disposal at our whim.||A target for, and recipient of, our loving care. (See radah)|
|God's Love and Concern||For human souls, human beings.||For all God has made. (See God's love)|
|Role of Humanity||
To represent God to the rest of Creation.
|'Radah', management, rulership||We rule for our own sake, convenience, pleasure.||We rule for the sake, the blessing, of that which is ruled. (See radah)|
|Representing God ...||A 'perk', a status.||
A joyful but demanding responsibility placed on one group, to:
|... humans as image of God||"To glorify God and enjoy him forever" (Westminster Confession)|
|... Jews as God's people||To remain faithful witnesses to God's Law.|
|... priests||To undertake religious rituals on behalf of people.|
|... Christians as God's people||
To proselytise and/or conquer the world. |
To uphold God's 'standards' against ('liberal' Westerized) society.
|God's People||God's favourites, immune to his punishment.||
God's special representatives,
Like that of |
who saw God primarily as a Monarch, at top of hierarchy of power and authority
Like that of
"Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves. Should not the shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool, and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them [
|"Do not eat of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil"||
Either a (petty) constraint on human potential |
Or a (more-or-less arbitrary) test of Adam's love for God.
|A warning against taking to ourselves the right to decide what is Good and Evil. (See The Fall)|
|The Fall||A punishment from God for disobedience.||
A statement of how we find Creation working against us, if we do take to ourselves the right to determine what is Good and what, Evil. Examples given in:
|God's Judgement and Anger||Because of God's authority.||
Because of God's love
- he loves all he made, so if one entity harms another, he is angry because of his love for that other. (See Justice As Love)
|The Doctrine of Original Sin||Harsh.||Beautiful, leading to a merciful attitude to all others and a humble attitude to myself. See The Beauty of Original Sin.|
|What is Deemed Sin||
By Christians: sexual sins, and earthiness and falling short of perfection. (See Ground-motives 1 and 2.) |
By 'tolerant' Humanists: Intolerance, saying anything that might offend. (See ground motive 3.)
By Jesus: sins of pride and attitude in the 'upright' religious leaders; mainly at the individual level.
By the prophets: injustice, idolatry, arrogance; usually at the social and societal levels.
(See What God Hates)
|God's Solution||Being justified by Christ, and/or indwelt by the Holy Spirit, full stop.||These, but leading to becoming mature 'sons' of God, whom the Creation eagerly awaits. (See Rich Redemption)|
|Part of God's Solution - Justification||By some: "Promise to try harder, and I'll overlook it."||Costly forgiveness, God taking on himself (in Christ) the effects of our wrongdoing; so we are 'justified'.|
|Part of God's Solution - Holy Spirit Indwelling||Giving us special gifts, especially tongues.||To make us more like Christ inside: see Transformation.|
|Part of God's Solution - Love Relationship||New state of being forgiven ('justified').||Being lived-in by the Holy Spirit of God, so we love God with natural intimacy, crying 'Abba, Father'.|
|The Final Part of God's Solution - Maturity||
|What is it to be 'sons' of God||Old, masculine, boring.||
Men and women being so like the Father
that he can trust us to think, decide and do
as he would think, decide and do,
in any situation. (See Like God)
|How we Become These 'Sons' of God||By waiting, or by education and training, or by effort, or by will, or by imposition of rules, or by incentives ('law')||By the Holy Spirit of God living in us, and growing his fruit (Gal 5:22,23), which speaks of an attitude of heart towards the Other: Love , Joy , Peace , Patience , Kindness , Goodness , Humility , Self-control. (See Holy Spirit)|
|Fruit of the Spirit||A personal quality, towards other people||
An attitude towards 'the rest', including the non-human Creation, a complete worldview with which we see it:
|Transformation||Only of the character or personality||
Of our worldview, our way of seeing things (Gk
|Destiny - God's Ultimate Plan||
Human souls worshipping in spiritual heaven (the pagan Greek idea) |
Nor spirits of the saved / baptised safe in spiritual heaven
|W renewed earth and heaven that works as it should in joy, with human beings in active role, and Christ as centre (Romans 8:21). (See God's Cosmic Plan)|
|The New Heaven and Earth||Only for human beings||For the whole creation.|
|Destiny of Nature and Culture||Destroyed.||
Redeemed, renewed, resurrected, with us who turn to God through Christ. Destiny of both human and non-human interwoven; with our
||But via God's representatives. Because nothing in Creation (words, reason, tradition, etc.) is sufficient to reveal God fully.|
|Not by 'supernatural', 'magic'||But via the very workings of the Cosmos, such as people's lives, writings, etc. ,|
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Created 17 January 2003. Last updated: 15 December 2003 with title. 23 December 2004 sin. 20 March 2006 rid unet. 16 May 2010 Revamped (version 1 was confusing!); new .end. 6 June 2011 link to why.saved. 12 June 2011 Intro: personal salvation.