The Ironies of Radical Grace

by Vince

Marcus J. Borg, in his book The Heart of Christianity, which I am reading now, has a very interesting thought on grace and who / which religion has ultimate access to God:

Thus, “Jesus died for our sins” was originally a subversive metaphor, (in that it challenged the temple claim of monopoly over grace and access to God) not a literal description of either God’s purpose of Jesus’ vocation. It was a metaphorical proclamation of radical grace; and properly understood, it still is. It is therefore ironic to realize that the religion that formed around Jesus would within four hundred years begin to claim for itself an institutional monopoly on grace and access to God. (emphasis mine)

So true.

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