Monday, June 4, 2018

What will the end be like? … Joy, not more suffering

Morning: Psalms 41, 52; Ecclesiastes 2:1-15; Galatians 1:1-17
Evening: Psalm 44; Matthew 13:44-52

Scholars agree that scribes and editors have put into Jesus’ mouth their own explanations of what he meant.  I trust that this Gospel passage is one of these: “At the end of the age, the angels will separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire.” Really?  I’m confident Jesus foretold the final victory of good over evil.  But I believe he taught that God’s final intention for all things is not weeping and gnashing of teeth, but the joy of finding hidden treasure … not more suffering, but the end of suffering

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