I’ve been doing a series of posts about what I am getting from a book I am reading: Living by Faith by Oswald Bayer. (For earlier posts on the subject, see this and this. and this.) He makes the point that the term “justification” is not just a theological term. Rather, it is a word and a concept that we use all the time, and that, in fact, is a major preoccupation, going deep into the human psychology: We keep being accused and condemned, so we continually have to “justify” ourselves, proving that we are right, insisting how good we are, getting defensive, accusing and condemning our critics in retaliation. We want approval. We want to be accepted. We want to be considered good, including when we aren’t.
I think the comments have showed some misunderstanding. I wanted to draw your attention to a comment I just made to that first post: “It isn’t that this is a bad thing. We HAVE to do it, given who and what we are. The point is that this necessity of justifying points to our underlying need for what Christ does: Justify us freely.” [Read more...]