Thursday, 7/16, our Bible Study discussion topic is does God condemn? (And what does the Bible say about it?
Join us, 7:30-8:30pm, on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/703956236.
This topic has been an ongoing thread through our last year or so of Bible study. In a way back when we were reading the book of Job together, but definitely as we read the gospel of Luke, one person raised the question - does Jesus actually ever condemn someone in the gospel? We picked that question back up at times, considered Jesus' encounters...
So this Thursday we're making space to talk about this question directly - and broadly. Does God condemn? And how do we regard the scriptures that talk about this?
While our conversations at times dip into the intellectual/analytical side, I want to encourage you to be mindful as you read and as we discuss, that (like many of our other topics) if we engage this only intellectually we neglect the ways in which it has caused pain or been a very personal lived experience for some. In other ways, it's one thing for me who has never believed or had this used against me, to talk theoretically about divine condemnation, it's another thing for someone to consider it who has believed it or borne the pain of someone's use of it. (This is partly a note to myself - sometimes when I think - "oh, I don't believe that" it can be dismissive to people's experience who have lived with the very real ramifications of such a belief, and how hard it is to change.)
Ok - on to the topic at hand:
Let's take the second question first - what does the Bible say about condemnation?
(Scroll down if you want to just look at the questions to consider first.)
In a quick word study of the root word(s') use across scripture, I notice a couple things:
Does God condemn?
Here are some questions to consider: