God portrays Himself amongst us as an Eastern potentate, a sort of nomad sheikh. With that image is a certain kind of baggage about the nature of things. It portrays how He deals with us and how we should deal with each other. So far as we are concerned, this is the fundamental nature of moral reality in our universe. This is the optimum; it’s how we are wired. It is the very nature of human existence. For each of us, our best grasp of life in this realm of existence is striving to serve God as a feudal family member or household servant.
Included in this approach is the recognition that things are not static, that the whole universe is literally very much alive in its own right. If we don’t see it that way, we will fail to understand critical elements in God’s revelation, as He commands us to treat His Creation in terms of something alive with His divine character. Further, it is we who are fallen, while the rest of Creation is not fallen. Yet God has placed us in dominion over His Creation, so that our fallen nature is a painful imposition over Creation. Redemption can be characterized in part as learning how to exercise dominion in this world as God intended and giving the rest of Creation a break from our miserable thrashing.
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