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Love - Death - Judgement continued:


Love and Judgment

Within Augustinian theology we are all irredeemably contanminated by orignal sin; as such we are all condemned to hell. Good works and personal virtue just doesn't cut it, our salvation lies not in our personal good works but upon the love, grace, mercy of God. Thus the connection with caritas/judgement. In Ausugustinian theology salvation is dependent upon the love, grace or caritas of God. The notion of 'Judgement' is not related to any idea of the 'harshness' of God', but upon his grace, love and mercy that we are salvationable at all and deserve anything other than hell. God's judgement therefore, in Augustinian theology, is the ultimate exemplar of God's mercy and love and forgiveness [caritas].

The word for Grace [ShVFRA] and several words connected to the imagery of the Judgement card are linguistically connected in Hebrew. Grace [ShVFRA], Trumpet, SHVFR [trumpet], 'to blow' [ShVF] and 'to judge', 'judgement' [ShVFT] all share the root ShFR, meaning to cleanse, make pleasing, to beautify; conciliate, harmonize. As in Sotah 11b [Talmud]where it says :"The Lord sent an angel from on high who cleansed them and made them beautiful, like a midwife that cleanses a child." So we may say the blow of the trumpet not only awakens, but is simultaneously an act of Grace that like a wind cleanses away the dust of the earth, the stain of our sins; like a midwife that cleanses the newly [re]born; and makes us beautiful before G-d.

Our salvation and resurrection therefore, is seen as exemplfiying God’s love. Grace, love and ‘to beautify’ are aspects of Venus, attributed to the number 6. The Day of Judgment it is said takes place in the 6th millenium and is consubstantive with the death of death itself.

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