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"The community’s work was to restore human life in paradise by healing the sick, instructing the ignorant, loving its neighbors, liberating the captives, resisting evil, practicing nonviolence, and appreciating the beauties of life. This understanding of salvation permeated many regions and branches of the first millennium of Christianity."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 170


"Today this passage [John 3:16] is invariably interpreted to mean that God placed Jesus in the world to die on the cross, but at no point does this story mention death. It does not use the Greek verb paradidomai, the word that John’s Gospel specifically uses to describe the action of those who 'gave' or 'handed over' Jesus to be crucified. John 19:16 makes clear that Pilate, not God, 'handed him over to them to be crucified.' Jesus’s words to Nicodemus are about birth and life, not death and the afterlife."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 40


"Loose the bonds of injustice, Undo the thongs of the yoke, Let the oppressed go free, bring the homeless poor into your house, offer your food to the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the dawn, you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isa. 58:6—11, excerpts)"    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 21


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