Eleição divina e perceção humana de ser amado

Translated title of the contribution: Divine election and human perception of being loved

Armindo dos Santos Vaz*

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Abstract

Israel’s divine election in the Bible is a hermeneutic question. It is not compatible with a literalist understanding of the texts that express it. We privilege here its interpretation in the original cultural and religious contexts. The theology of the divine election of Israel-of a people-is inseparable from the history of biblical faith, which saw God revealing Himself to all peoples and loving them all, also seeing all humans as created by God. In that historical experience, it was understandable that the people who loved God so much would feel much loved by Him and as his “private property”; and was understandable that therefore it declared itself elected from among all peoples. This feeling was faith in action: God loves everyone, but the perception of love is particular. The most intense search and the deepest encounter of Israel with God led to the clear awareness of being preferred. But to be chosen by God was at the same time to choose God. To say ourselves elected is the other side of love received, as election is the other side of active love. To speak of the divine election of Israel did not mean that God would abandon other peoples, in an exclusivist favoritism; and did not suppose the non-election of them. The sense of particularity felt by Israel was that of becoming a mediation for the progression of other peoples in the search for the divine. In fact, Israel’s divine election has evolved in this direction historically and has culminated, in Jesus Christ, in the election of all peoples and persons as dearly loved by God.

Translated title of the contributionDivine election and human perception of being loved
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalLusitania Sacra
Volume2018
Issue number37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Divine election
  • Loved by God
  • Predilection

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