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and what is most fascinating is that it gets God Himself off the hook re the idea that he planned badly. Before man fell, and God foreknew that he would, God had a remedy that exceeded the malady -- as was expressed in a recent satori I had. When I had that particular satori I was beginning to get to the heart of the true meaning of Christianity.
"Had there been no disastrous Fall, there might not have been an Incarnation." Judaism rejects the notion of the Fall and as a result regards the doctrine of the Incarnation as blasphemy. The Fall and the Incarnation cannot (or are not) separated. Yes; so for Judaism there is a lot of noise and a bunch of rules, whereas we have the Savior.
Rabbi Herz: "The antidote to the poisoning of the human race by the serpent is found at Mt. Sinai." Could this be so? Have I made an error? Because "Sinai" could mean, "Man is still in dialog with God and not cut off from him," which is precisely my experience; I experienced a theophany, both visibly and audibly, which fits in with a view of man as still pure (having received the antidote; and the antidote still comes, directly from God; contrast this to Jesus in the N.T.: "No man has seen God." But the Rabbis speak of humans seeing the Shekhina: "One Rabbi died; one went insane, one became irreligious, one escaped unharmed.")
Uh, Andy, less look aroun' heah.
In Christianity there is a Mediator between God and man,
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