Monthly Archives: April 2017

Imagery

My constant comment about what we say about God is that it is only about what we think God is like. I say that if God is transcendent, God is ineffable, inconceivable. This necessarily means the only link to our creator and understanding Him, should there be one, is through His reflection in our humanity.

When I say “God is goodness” then, I’m not claiming I know anything about God at all. I am saying that if there is a God, I cannot see Him as anything other because He would too closely resemble me. When I say “God is love”, I mean “all the way”, lavish, excessive, because the pursuit of anything else transforms me into that which I am seeking and I want to become no less. These are hopes that I have that because I desire this sort of goodness and love, it is because of a divine reflection, however poor.

When I say “Christ is risen”, I am acknowledging that the sorts of gods we’d had in mind before the one who hung on a tree, have all died in my mind. What came from that grave was the birth of a new idea, one worth pursuing, one worth bringing back to life as I seek it. Before it were gods as evil, vengeful, and hateful as any depravity could hope to be. These should have no resurrection though some still seek them too.

If it is the wrath and power of your God that compels you rather than the love and humility of Jesus on the cross for all humanity for all time unconditionally, I’m not sure why you are attracted to him at all, except that honestly you think you’ve done something to make God’s wrath and power pass over you, or to turn it to your advantage somehow, using Jesus as coinage.

Wrath and power never changed others. Maybe at best it garnered compliance. Love and gentleness, it seems to me, changes everything. That includes, eventually, the minds of those who don’t realize that every god we talk about is one of our own creation, a reflection of ourselves.

Just a thought.

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John 3:16.5

For God so loved the world … but only so much, because He sent his son to die an absolutely horrific death that only had implications for a select few in the know — squandering Jesus’ sacrifice in addition to the idea that God Himself cannot unconditionally love or forgive, and making Adam more than Jesus, since Adam’s work is touted by even the most conservative Evangelical as universal, yet Jesus’ is limited.

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Paul Disagrees With You

Ergōn Nomos, “works of the law”, has nothing to do with earning your way to Heaven.

Paul and those in Jerusalem weren’t at all arguing about whether believing “Holy Creeds” or doing “Holy Creeds” earn you salvation! James, Peter, and John were demanding that one must become a Jew in order to be Christian. Paul argued that no creed, no tradition, no doctrine, no belief lead to salvation. Torah isn’t salvation. Torah was Jewish identity. Christ is the Christian’s.

The idea that we’re saved either by beliefs or by works — which are identical anyway! — is from very poor Protestant exegesis, of which they have a horridly long tradition.

Salvation, says Paul, is happening to everyone, especially to those who believe. To act toward the good is belief. To be drawn to the good is faith. To perceive goodness is grace. Salvation is by grace through faith for all who believe. To believe in Christ is to believe he is the revelation of the fullness of humanity that’s possible for us all, and that he shows us exactly what God thinks of us and what God is like.

That’s it. And as the Jewish Rabbi Hillel said, “The rest is commentary”. Something to think about.

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No Other Way?

If Jesus is the way God intended all humanity to be in the world because being that way was the full experience of life, the only question for soteriology is what kind or person was Jesus.

Logos as plenipotentiary and as icon, Hodos as being in the world, Alethea as revelation, and Zoe as the mode, we have the answer to that soteriological question.

Folks, every single man, woman, and child confesses all that ever mattered about Christ and our relationship to him when they love their neighbor as themselves, which is identical to loving God with everything you’ve got.

If as a Christian you would exclude humanity from yourself and salvation because you think it takes specific knowledge of Jesus or God or your totem, the Bible, then you are anathema, a gnostic through and through.

Just a thought.

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Solidarity

If accepting Christ is identical with solidarity with the needy, as in Matthew 25:34-36, then Christians seriously need to rethink Christianity.

Most Christians are ritualistic priests. As all good prophets do, they tell the priest his head is up his ass; that God didn’t ask for, doesn’t care for, is sickened by his offerings and sacrifices! Every single prophet, from Micah to Jeremiah, is against religious bullshit. The charge of the prophet is always to do what you already know to do; feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, take in the outcast, homeless, widow, the orphan.

If there’s more to it than this, the prophets call “bullshit”.

Jesus was a Jewish prophet, folks; that much we know.

Just a thought.

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Virgin Birth?

One has to wonder. Mark doesn’t seem to think the resurrection is at all theologically important, given he tells us absolutely nothing about what it implies or means; it’s simply an event at the end of the story of Jesus mission. It seems Quelle​, Mark, John and Paul likewise have no idea that Jesus was born of a virgin. Given that for various reasons many theologians count the birth narrative in Luke spurious where we learn of the nature of Jesus miraculous conception, it becomes more likely that it is not original to his text. If this is so, Matthew is the only scripture that exists that Jesus is said to be born of a virgin. Noting that a century before Jesus, Adonis was born of a virgin, in Bethlehem, in similar circumstances as Jesus too, the wondering continues.
Should we find reason to doubt the resurrection because it was apparently lackluster enough for there to be a need for Matthew to legitimize Jesus through creating the virgin myth, or was resurrection simply in the common parlance of the Greeks, making us doubt in this respect too?

Just a thought.

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Tact

The way a Theist must talk to anyone else about their beliefs is in terms of poetry where his sense of “being human” is augmented and God is a part of it rather than God being the poet Himself. For whatever we want to say, it ultimately only matters if it is about human well-being. In that case, what a person claims to know about God is irrelevant for being off topic. Human well-being, unlike God, involves ideas at hand that actually matter. God then cannot be something a Theist should expect anyone else to care about, except that God is sometimes a sweet verse that may strike a chord now and then with any human soul.

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Food For Thought

Unless you are speaking in a community of believers, “God” is often an idea that is far too remote to matter to anyone else; “God” in that case, is like feeding a starving man with a cornucopia of an overabundance of words.

Just a thought.

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That’s Perfect!

Perfection is a word folks use all the time but either don’t mean it, really, when they use it, or don’t have an idea of what it means.

Folks, in your human life, you are perfect! You are not imperfect in making mistakes! Perfection is about completeness, wholeness, not errors. You can only experience more fullness. If God made you as you are and the largest part of that is birthing you into perpetual ignorance and evolving sensibilities, it was for a reason. It was not for a great “Gotcha!” but instead so that we can grow, which means that we can come to and move towards a perfect, a whole, a complete experience of life. Need I say then what sin is! Need I say then that we do not dishonor or anger God in our sin! No!

God created us as we are and is ever for us. Should God be love, be goodness, then all He is capable of when we sin is suffering with us, like those we love do with us too. “For God so loved”! “I did not come to judge but so that you may have life, and to its fullest”! Perfection!

If your theology doesn’t have Jesus as the image of what God Himself would be and do if He showed up, and if you think God would do anything but suffer with you in your incompleteness in thinking of Jesus as a set of propositions that get you Heaven or Hell depending on how you navigate them, you need to reexamine some things. If your​ theology makes you a Christian, your creeds and doxies, and you do not see the non believer as Christ too, you have missed the clear message from Paul about grace and faith — which is universal and involuntary — and belief, which is acting on the draw to the good. Miss that and you’ve missed Jesus Christ entirely.

In Jesus, there is a model, a mode, a representation. Non believers can see it, most Theology perverts it. Jesus is exemplar of perfect humanity, exemplar of God’s perfect intent towards humanity in whatever form it can be found, from grotesque, to evil, to marginal, to its most noble. Believer or non, salvation is God’s great poetry, gently drawing humanity to Himself because He is goodness and has made us all to desire it, to participate in it.

There is no faith about this fact; there is only this fact. Even the fact that there may be no God at all doesn’t change this fact of grace, faith, belief, and salvation. Were there no God, all that would change is that “god” would also be taken as part of the poetry rather than God being the poet.

Just a thought.

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