Alexanderism – Taking a Step Back v.1.1

In the last Alexanderism, I closed the post with this paragraph:
“I believe the Bible is the story of how God repeatedly tried to make Godself loveable to humankind, and how humankind failed to consistently demonstrate its love for God in return, which is humankinds “God-given” right. That makes the Bible a love story of cosmic and eternal significance. How the story ends, well, God only knows.”

I am a process theologian. I don’t expect you know or care what that means. I mention it here because as I process theologian, I can’t make that last statement. It doesn not align with what I believe.

What I should have said is, “Only God knows all the possible endings to the story.”

To honor the gift of free-will, God has to allow for every combination of variables. If you turn left, when it would have been a natural assumption that you would turn right, God has to take into account all the new possibilities that arise with you going right. Going right may lead to a chance encounter with a wild-eyed worshipper of pigeons who convinces you to become a worshipper of pigeons. Now, God has to take into account all the new possibilities that could arise from this decision, a decision you had the free-will to make. I think you get my point. Each new free-will decison made launches a whole new set of variables and possibilities that must be taken into account when considering the end of the story.

So, to honor the gift of free-will God gave humankind, God knew that the only way to get humankind to choose God’s options over all others was through influencing their choices with the kinds of  incentives only God could provide.

Using the story of Abram and Sarai as the starting point (my free-will choice), God’s first incentive was the promise of land, prosperity, heirs, and a national identity through whom God’s blessings would flow into the world. This was a far better alternative than what the world could offer Abram. He was old, had no children, and his wife was beyond her child-bearing years. Of course, Abram said “yes” to God’s offer. God successfully narrowed the choices Abram and his family would want to make. God’s influence was working for and through Abram and Sarai. The changing of their names to Abraham and Sarah was a sign of how pleased God was them. God even added additonal incentives to keep them bound to their covenant with God.

For the next few posts we will follow this thread of how God tried to incentivize humankind’s choices. We shall see that the world was able to make some serious counter-offers to God’s incentives and how that impacted God’s relationship with humankind.

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