Religion: The Promise and the Petition

The following passage is from the Old Testament.  It is referred to as “God’s Promise to Abram”.  I call this “The Promise”.

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Leave your country,
your people
and your father’s household
and go to the land I will show you
I will make you into a great nation
And I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and
You will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And whoever curses you I will curse;
And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

This second passage is from the New Testament.  It is referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer”.  I call this “The Petition”.

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Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

I found them interesting.  The promise and the petition have eight parts.

The promise makes the man hallowed and the temple on earth.

The petition makes a god hallowed and the temple in heaven.

The promise gives a kingdom to a people.

The petition offers a kingdom to a god.

The promise offers a nation under a man.

The petition offers a nation under a god.

The promise offers greatness to a man’s name.

The petition offers greatness to a god’s name.

The promise offers to bless a man.

The petition offers to bless a god.

The promise offers to make the man a blessing.

The petition asks to make the god a blessing.

The promise offers to bless friends and curse enemies of the man.

The petition asks forgiveness of the god and offers forgiveness of the enemies of man.

The promise offers to make the man a blessing to all.

The petition asks to make the god a blessing to all.

It is obvious that the Old Testament and the New Testament are two wholly different, yet complementary religions.

The creation of a hallowed nation and the nation’s hallowing of its god.

In the next post I will look at these two eight fold paths from a different perspective.

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