Episode 3: The Fourfold Nature of Shalom

God wants to restore shalom to the world. In other words, God wants to bring healing and wholeness—which includes joy, beauty, health, justice, and, yes, salvation—to the world. More specifically, God wants to restore shalom to the world in four ways—between God and humanity, between human beings and each other, between human beings and the creation, and even within human beings themselves.

 

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THIS EPISODE’S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • I was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ when I was in college.  When I learned to share the Four Spiritual Laws, I was told, “Don’t focus on abundant life.  Just focus on eternal life.”
  • When God created the world, it was in a state of shalom.
  • Shalom refers to a comprehensive state of well-being that touches every aspect of life.
  • When God created the world, there was shalom:
    • Between God and people
    • Between people and each other
    • Within human beings themselves–a kind of inner shalom
    • Between human beings and the creation
  • But shalom was broken in all four of these ways
    • Between God and people
      • Adam and Eve hid from God
    • Between people and each other
      • They saw their nakedness and no longer felt safe with each other
    • Within human beings themselves
      • They now felt shame
    • Between human beings and the creation
      • Childbirth would be painful and the earth would no longer produce without toil
  • God wants to restore shalom in all four of these ways
    • Between God and people
      • Jesus sacrifice makes restoration of shalom with God possible
    • Between people and each other
      • No more war, violence, racism, classism, injustice, poverty, etc.
    • Within human beings themselves
      • God wants to heal our shame
    • Between human beings and creation
      • Caring for creation is not a liberal or conservative thing; it’s a matter of stewardship
  • We are called to participate with God in God’s mission of shalom

 

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