"The biblical concept of peace is conveyed in the word shalom. Shalom
is the purpose and gift of God for all of humankind. It embraces not just
the idea of peace with God as a necessary remedy to our spiritual disorder,
but God's concern for our personal and social well being and wholeness.
It is the proper concern of biblical faith to see right relationships
and just structures in place for the benefit of all.
( A Long Road to Healing by David Porter)
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Shalom, often translated "peace" may be more completely understood as
a completeness and wholeness found only in right relationships with people,
among people living in community, and between God and humankind. This 6-page,
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This sermon, preached by Ian Garrett of the Jesmond Parish Church, provides a wonderful discussion of "that set of right relationships... the Bible calls the kingdom of God."
Dr. Steve Hayner, President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the USA, tells of a world of right relationships, created by God to reflect His glory. "The world as God created it was a kingdom of right relationships... There was right relationship between God and people... There was right relationship between people... There was right relationship between people and the rest of creation." Read about this world of "Shalom" that God created.
More on the concept of "shalom" and God's justice:
In a follow-up to his message, "Creation", Dr. Steve Hayner, asks, "What happened? Life in the garden was so good... It was all so good: the kingdom of right relationships - the kingdom of righteousness." "The fall", Dr. Hayner says, "is about trying to be complete without God. In trying to complete ourselves, we fractured the right relationships which God had created."
More on the extent to which relationships are fractured by the Fall:
Part of a series entitled, "Spiritual Excellence", Rev. Dr. David E. Leininger's (St. Paul Presbyterian Church) sermon breathes new life into an old, and often misunderstood, religious concept. As Dr. Leininger correctly points out, righteousness is a matter of "right relationships, not saints and haloes."
Does the concept of right relationships extend to the relationship between God's people and His non-human creation?, Ronald J. Sider, President of Evangelicals for Social Action, thinks so. His perspective aims toward a proper biblical understanding of the material world.
"...by transforming human freedom so that we can be in right relationship with God and with each other." says Luke Timothy Johnson, Professor of New Testament at the Chandler School of Theology, Emory University. "Since salvation in this tradition is relational, it cannot remain private; to be in right relationship with God demands also to be in right relationship with the world, beginning in communities that live by 'the mind of Christ'..."
Copyright 1997 George B. Flynn
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