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Devastating Grace: Justificatio Impii And I-Dentity

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Personal identity is complicated. The three-dimensional view, which maintains that a person can be wholly present at a given moment, has been replaced by a four-dimensional perception. The question-Who am I? - is related to the question-Why am I? - in the sense of what is the meaning, value, and purpose of life? Knowing self entails judging the self. The isolated 'I' is a figment of imagination that is far removed from biblical thought in which societal factors play a major role in defining the individual person. "Identity on the personal level is the stable niche that man occupies in a potentially chaotic environment which he is prepared to defend". Personal identity is precious and exceedingly precarious. The object of the Christian faith is not a doctrine of justification-that would be idolatrous-but the grace of God in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Keywords: Christ; grace; identity; idolatrous; justification



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