A New Way of Humanising the World
4.1 Witnessing Beyond – the Christian Metanarrative hermeneutics as a way of humanizing the world The ‘radical nature’ of Christ spells a hermeneutical meaning for the human soci- ety. Thus, “though he was in the form of God, [Jesus] did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he hum- bled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:6 – 8). Accordingly, The Old Testament law of love of God and neighbor was central for him, and he gave a new and wider interpretation of it. The Ten Commandments, a norm of Christian morality today, is an inheritance from the Old Testament. But Jesus did something new: He revealed the intimate bond between God and humanity that transcends all laws. This may be said to char- acterize Jesus’ approach to evangelization.44 Thus this ‘radicalism’ so to say has a meaning and an involvement with and for the human society. Clearly seen in this light the nature of Christ serves to under- line the extent to which God would go to identify himself with humankind in the totality of human circumstances.45 Thus in the personality of Jesus Christ we see a constant call for faith answering to concrete action – “Give them something to eat!”(Mk 6:37); “Go sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor, and then come, follow me”(Lk18, 22).46 This...
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