In this talk, Peter Fitch begins by discussing Matthew 25, the parable of the sheep and goats. The passage says that when we do something for “the least” we have done it to Jesus. Peter likes the way that The Message presents this idea: “the overlooked and ignored.” What he doesn’t like is the way the passage assigns the goats to hell-fire and eternal punishment. So he examines the wording in Greek and realizes that an excellent case could have been put forward for restorative rather than punitive justice. He thinks humans who translated the Scriptures couldn’t get their head around a God of Love so they presented Him as being in line with their human desire for vengeance. After this, Peter interviews Connie Mcdougall about her recent trip to Ottawa to receive an official apology from the Prime Minister for abusive treatment of LGBTQ2 people who worked in government services. Everything is brought to a close by playing a U2 song called “Love is Bigger than Anything in Its Way.”
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