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More things to think about...

For the guys in the Men's Bible Study at St John's...

Last night I posed a question before we left concerning the doctrine of substitutionary atonement.  The question was, roughly, how can we believe this doctrine that runs so contrary to the very nature of love and forgiveness?  How can we hold to a tradition that runs contrary to our most intimate experiences?  If we think about those people who love us most, do they ever demand payment for love and forgiveness?  Never.  So, to paraphrase Jesus, if we, being 'false' can grant good things like love and forgiveness without payment, how much more our Father?

To quote John Philip Newell in Christ of the Celts:
To speak of the cross as revelation of love rather than payment for sin is not to suggest that this is merely a show.  This is real blood.  This is real self-giving.  Jesus knew full well the cost of loving his nation and his religous tradition the way he did, enough to weep over the falseness of the city he loved and…

Celtic Blessing

May the Creator bless you and keep you,

May the Beloved Companion face you and have mercy upon you;

May the Eternal Spirit's countenance be

turned to you and give you peace;

May the Three in One bless you.
Hebridean

Traditional Celtic Prayer

O Son of God, change my heart.

Your Spirit composes the songs of the birds

and the buzz of the bees.

I ask of you only one more miracle:

Beautify my soul.

Amen.

An Irish Prayer

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbem to charm you,
A sheltering angel
so nothing can harm you...
Laughter to cheer you,
faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray,
heaven to hear you.