From a Creighton Student's Perspective
June 19, 2011
Junior, Medical Anthropology Major
But Jesus gets more explicit doesn’t he? In the Gospel, the words 'gave' and 'condemn' have a dual meaning. God “gave” Jesus as a gift so that we may have eternal life through his incarnation and crucifixion but he also “gave” Jesus over to death and to suffering. Likewise, the word 'condemn' also has duality. In one sense it means condemnation while in another it means judgment. The passage says that Jesus didn't come to condemn, to judge, but to save the world; and this is important because while Jesus does expose people’s flaws the aim is at correction not condemnation. This realization contributes to my image of a benevolent God.
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