Jesus Politics &Assange
If we start with the Bible which Jesus would have read, then no doubt practicing social justice was co-equal with true worship of God. The cross has two dimensions, both physically and spiritually. The source from which all justice stems is the father-son relationship that Jesus had with God, whom he called ABBA and which he was installing for us through the atonement and modelling for us to emulate it. This justification of man by Gof had to be lived out vertically between man and God and horizontally between man and man.
The Lords Teachings & Prayer (Pater noster), and his actions in the temple cleansing and entry procession into Jerusalem are proof for this multidimensional symbiosis. While the two articles may be keeping the focus on the horizontal dimension it is important to keep in mind that any sole one dimensional interpretation of Jesus mission would simply lessen who he was and what his mission was.
(1) In Judaism, the use of the "Father" title is generally a metaphor, referring to the role as Life-giver and Law-giver, and is one of many titles by which Jews speak of and to God. The Jewish concept of God is that God is non-corporeal, transcendent and immanent, the ultimate source of love, and a metaphorical "Father". The Aramaic term for father (Hebrew: אבא, abba) appears in traditional Jewish liturgy and Jewish prayers to God (e.g. in the Kaddish).
According to Ariela Pelaia, in a prayer of Rosh Hashanah, Areshet Sfateinu, an ambivalent attitude toward God is demonstrated, due to his role as a father and as a king. Free translation of the relevant sentence may be: "today every creature is judged, either as sons or as slaves. If as sons, forgive us like a father forgives his son. If as slaves, we wait, hoping for good, until the verdict, your holy majesty." Another famous prayer emphasizing this dichotomy is called Avinu Malkeinu, which means “Our Father Our King” in Hebrew. Usually the entire congregation will sing the last verse of this prayer in unison, which says: "Our Father, our King, answer us as though we have no deed to plead our cause, save us with mercy and loving-kindness."
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