Dogmatic Certitude Precludes Grace

The Certitude Selective Biblical Literalism

It denies the transformative power of God’s agape love and all encompassing grace.

CEB 1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. 13 Now faith, hope, and love remain — these three things — and the greatest of these is love.

To the Biblical literalists, who insist they know without any doubts that anyone who doesn’t follow their dogmatic literalism will be denied grace and condemned to the eternal torment of hellfire, I would ask: Do you believe Jesus died to exclude people who never heard or never will hear of His message? Is that the “God of love” you embrace? Because that’s the God you describe. You describe a salvation dependent on what we do and without grace. And, are you so completely certain that you know the only way to salvation, and that anyone else is condemned and hell bound to eternal damnation and unending torment? Is that the agape love and all encompassing grace of your “God of love?”

CEB 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, show sincere love to each other, because love brings about the forgiveness of many sins.”

It’s a hard path to turn away from the certitude dogmatic religion harangues us to cling to, never questioning their edicts. It’s an even more difficult path to letting go of that certitude and trying to discern God’s will through love, and to let go of all the punitive exclusionary dogma to which we’ve been directed that we MUST adhere by the organization of religion. Letting go of that certitude is deeply uncomfortable and wholly disconcerting — in the beginning. It’s much easier to let the organization tell us what we must believe and whom and what we must love or hate — and to whom we must give our time and our money and our empathy, and whom we must exclude. But, when we let go of that certitude, in my experience, it opens us greater and greater expressions of love and forgiveness through discernment seeking a revelation of the true nature of the God who is love. It opens us to more love for others and for ourselves. It brought me joy and gratitude in ways I never knew in that old dogmatic certitude. Letting go of certitude gave me the ability to give grace even to the likes of Hitler or Trump and to believe it likely that even they may be in heaven.

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