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Offline jeffinjapan

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How do you answer the "Who is God?" question...
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:24:57 PM »
Recently I've been watching Father John Behr videos and kicking myself for now watching his stuff before. Anyway, I recently watched his Which God is it you don't believe in video and thought it was great. And his answer, for some reason, was unexpected.

Q: Who is God?
A: The crucified and risen Christ as reveled in scripture

I was expecting a more abstract - He is the ground of being; He simply is; He is reality, etc...

Why am I now so giddy? Was I that out of touch with my faith?

Father John Behr is my new favorite theologian. (Move over Bently Hart)
"The doctrine of apokatastasis, as is found, from the New Testament....is a Christian doctrine and is grounded in Christ."

Dr. Ilaria Ramelli
The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis.

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Re: How do you answer the "Who is God?" question...
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 11:33:07 PM »
Or more accurately a fuller answer from Fr. John would probably more or less be "the Father as fully revealed by the crucified and risen Christ Jesus, the Son of God by the revelation of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and in the Scriptures"
Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.

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Re: How do you answer the "Who is God?" question...
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 11:37:27 PM »
Yes! And the breaking of bread. That was a major point that he wanted to make. The Apostles did not recognize the risen Christ until the breaking of bread. I really like the way he explained how through the divine liturgy we, like the Apostles, experience the risen Christ.
"The doctrine of apokatastasis, as is found, from the New Testament....is a Christian doctrine and is grounded in Christ."

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Re: How do you answer the "Who is God?" question...
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 01:37:26 PM »
Father John Behr is my new favorite theologian. (Move over Bently Hart)

You are not far from the kingdom.
Please don't project meta-debates onto me.

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