Welcome to Outlook1
OUTLOOK addresses all readers, from church, mosque, synagogue, temple, or without religious affiliation. Our focus is the significance of the Christ event for all history. Our purpose is to facilitate a common — but not institutionalized — witness to the import of that axial event.2
To appreciate the meaning of the Christ event, it should be recognized that “before” Creation God led a solitary self-existence. Because he longed for shared relationships with others, “in the beginning” (Genesis 1:1) God decided to create a universe that would include human beings. However, since he was alone, it was necessary for God to initially create by command, possession and power — all contrary to reciprocal relationships. Yet in his desire for mutual relationality, God also granted free process for nature and then the gift of free will to mankind. Nevertheless, God’s necessary use of command, possession and power led to a created order of dominant/subordinate relationships along with disaster, death and extinction.
Faced with these predicaments, God determined to bear the negative consequences of Creation through his own human manifestation as Jesus Christ. In his life and ministry Jesus bore — and sought to reverse — the burdens he had unavoidably imposed on Creation. In his death he initiated the termination of the old created order. And because of infinite grace, in his resurrection he inaugurated a new “human” order of relational co-existence, of free and loving equality, of positive free will, and of life eternal.
Now the Human One, who is relationally present with all humanity (Matthew 28:20; John 1:9), invites Creation to recognize his submission to cosmic judgment (cf. John 12:31, 32; 16:8, 11; Philippians 2:6-8). Through the gift of his grace, he calls for “others” to act as witnesses on his behalf before the court of the universe. As wise men, shepherds, and Simeon and Anna in the Temple, were representative witnesses at Christ’s First Coming (Matthew 2:1, 2; Luke 2:8-21, 25-38), so we are called to be representative witnesses in anticipation of his promised Second Coming (parousia) (Acts 1:8; cf. Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1). It is therefore time to celebrate the imminent full, final and irrevocable liberation of the Creator and his Creation from all suffering.
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