Christ’s Resurrection Body is the Pattern for Ours

“Christ’s resurrection is not only the meritorious and efficient cause, but it is also the exemplary cause or pattern of our resurrection. ‘He being the first and best, is therefore the pattern and measure of all the rest.’ So you read, Phil. 3: 21. ‘Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.'” -John Flavel, The Fountain of Life Opened

 

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Christ Rose as a Public Person

“Christ rose as a public or common person. “As the first fruits of them that slept,” 1 Cor. 15: 20. I desire this may be well understood; for upon this account it is that our resurrection is secured to us by the resurrection of Christ; and not a resurrection only, but a blessed and happy one, for the first-fruits both assured and sanctified the whole crop or harvest.” -John Flavel, The Fountain of Life Opened

Broken Systems of Justice, Systemic Problems

“I often think of a case I had involving a fourteen-year-old who had run away from her foster home with a group of young men from her neighborhood. Instead of being her allies and protectors, they’d taken her to an empty apartment and gang-raped her. I could tell that she had learned at a young age that she couldn’t trust adults; she wore an attitude of skepticism and hostility like a suit of armor…

In the end, we got a conviction, but I’m not sure the verdict meant much to the girl. She vanished after the trials. I asked some investigators to help me try to find her, but, though we had gotten a sketchy report that she was being trafficked on the streets of San Francisco, we could never confirm it. I never saw her again.” -Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold

How Life Experiences Affect Relationships

“I often think of a case I had involving a fourteen-year-old who had run away from her foster home with a group of young men from her neighborhood. Instead of being her allies and protectors, they’d taken her to an empty apartment and gang-raped her. I could tell that she had learned at a young age that she couldn’t trust adults; she wore an attitude of skepticism and hostility like a suit of armor….” -Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold

Why Guilt is a Valuable Human Experience

  1. It is evidence that we respect the tension between what we are and what we strive to become.
  2. Without it, we tend towards apathy and indifference towards ethical ideals.
  3. It is an outgrowth of interpersonal relationships in which persons care for one another enough to offer approval or disapproval.
  4. To live without guilt is psychopathic.

-Paul Johnson, “Psychology of Religion Revised and Enlarged”