The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 1

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SECTION I: That a Man is the Image of God after the Soul and not after the Body; and how he is restored and reformed thereto that was misshapen by Sin
SECTION II: That Jews and Pagans and also false Christians are not reformed effectually through the virtue of the Passion through their own Faults

These are chapters 1 to 3 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
This chapitle scheweth that a man is seid the image of God aftir the soule and not aftir the bodi.
Hou it nedide to mankynde that oonli thorugh the passioun of oure Lord it schulde be restorid and reformed that was forsaken bi the first synne.
That Jewes and paynymes and also fals Cristene men are not reformed effectuali thorugh vertu of this passioun for here owen defaute.

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You clearly have no idea what I'm talking about. Romans 13 was not on my radar. At all. In no way. Try instead 1 Corinthians 2, which argues that those who follow Christ are not bound to the scriptures or orthodoxy, that to learn of Jesus is to be unbound from absolute moral judgment... you should actually check it out. I did you the courtesy of reading the articles you linked to. I could reference more passages and we could talk about this theology at greater length if you like.

Lots of people have accused Paul of inventing a God of his own preference. Nietchze did so with exceptional force. But his critique can be applied to any historian, theologian, philosopher and theorist, and to his own critique of Paul--Nietchze invented a Paul of his own preference... against boredom even philosophers struggle in vain. Just because a heavyweight says something doesn't make it sound. But you know that, because you pick and chose which parts of who you like and dislike, stewing together a philosophical cocktail of your own liking. But I'd like to see some plain discussion rather than a scattershot referencing of a half-dozen sources which sound similar but are in reality quite different.

"Situational ethics, or situation ethics, is a Christian ethical theory that was principally developed in the 1960s by the Episcopal priest Joseph Fletcher. It basically states that sometimes other moral principles can be cast aside in certain situations if love is best served; as Paul Tillich once put it: "Love is the ultimate law"." -- Wikipedia

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1Co 2:14-16)

All that talk of spiritual discernment is really only talk of applying principles to actual situations rather than letting a codified structure govern every circumstance--look at the logic at the close of the passage. We have Christ's mind. Who will instruct the Lord? No one. (Not even Paul). Therefore, who and what shall we be beholden to? Certainly not "the law," which means far more than simply the Mosaic law. The natural (dare I say the empirical?) man looks to the laws of the culture, be they natural or legal or religious--the spiritual man looks to the internal reality which transcends the bits and pieces in favor of the whole.

Sometimes it appears that you are so excited by modern philosophy that you haven't ever slowed down to look at actual Christian theology, but only at poor Christian caricatures drawn by angry men. It is a mistake, perhaps one you're not actually making, to accept the critiques against Christianity from anti-Christians with an ax to grind without ever also looking at the other side, minus the cynical analysis of philosophers enamored with theories overthrown as quickly as they're erected.

Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life;
And these are they which bear witness of me;
And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life. (John 5:39-40)




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