#0095 Jesus had a world-full-of-books of God stuff to share with us
Scripture relevant to today’s posting…
Story of the Word
1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
2 The Word was with God in the beginning.
3 Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. What came into being 4 through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
6 A man named John was sent from God. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. 8 He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light
Starting in 1-2 weeks I will begin a new series of postings outlining another section of the book I am working on. The thrust of this new section of the book has to do with the differences between the words of the Bible and the Word of God as it is described in John 1. In preparation for this series I am posting excerpts from The Jesus Clone that might be helpful in getting us ready for that topic. Once again I want to mention that the main thrust of the new book is to offer a new Christian narrative which I certainly believe the Church is in dire need of.
- The Bible as a 1-book perspective
There is a different perspective or point of view on the Bible I mean to introduce here and that is one of a Kingdom perspective—that is to say God’s Kingdom. This Kingdom perspective is much different than the conventional Judeo/Christian perspective of the Bible. Traditional Christians want the Bible viewed as collection of writings, a unit that is preordained by God. Furthermore, they wish to convey that in this Bible book, God tells His story; how He created all people, how He loves us and how, when we die He wants us to dwell with Him in His realm—a beautiful heaven—forever and ever. In this 1-book Bible, God gets very specific about what it is we, His children must do and must NOT do in order to make sure we don’t miss out on this sweet heaven forever deal. The traditional Christian perspective promotes the concept that the Bible in its entirety has come to its present form through divine guidance, interventions and miracles to function in His stead—a 4th person in the Holy Trinity, in a matter of speaking. This traditional Christian view further insists that anything God has to say has already been said and is in the 1-book Bible. As a subset to this tenant, the perspective states that if it isn’t in the 1-book Bible, it couldn’t be God who said it. Anyone making noises to the contrary must be either a heretic or false prophet. This conventional Judeo/Christian view of the Bible puts a static face on scriptures and on God, Himself. This view intimates that all of God’s greatness must exist within the confines of this one book. Consider this scripture:
25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
John 21:25 (KJV)
Summing up this sentiment…Jesus had a world-full-of-books of God stuff to share with us. The traditional Christian view says, however God wants us to have just the one book. Problems with this static approach start to become apparent as we begin trying to establish a meaningful relationship with God amidst a world that doesn’t want to comply with words in the Bible. The static pieces won’t easily fit into the dynamic day-to-day reality of our complex modern world and so we end up trying to jamb them in there—trying to make them fit. Case in point is the question of homosexuality: is it the result of genetics or is it a learned behavior? Nature or nurture? The conventional Christian view says that homosexuality must be learned because their 1-book perspective on the Bible seems to say that homo-sexual activity is sinful, nay is an abomination in God’s eyes. So how could it be that He, God would create certain persons inherently wired to think, feel and everything else gay and then condemn them for behaving in a manner complicit to the very nature with which He created them? Their loving and logical God wouldn’t, therefore homosexuality must be a learned behavior. If the behavior is learned, it stands to reason, then, it can be unlearned. Conventional Christian groups have developed gay-reversal ministries as serious measures to pray away the gay; really deep-faith kinds of initiatives. Have these ministries met with any success?
Other similar dichotomies arise the further we delve into this static 1-book view of scriptures. Different parts of the 1-book depict God as an over-arching monarch whom you don’t want to piss off too much or too often and at other times He is depicted as benevolent, down-to-earth and to a fault self-sacrificing. It can’t be the same dude, can it? Right? If not, which one is the real one?
In taking a Kingdom perspective on the scriptures the first thing we must do is toss out this notion that the scriptures were originally penned to be put together into a closed canon or into a 1-good-book format. The Kingdom perspective invites us to set aside the idea that this 1-deified-book is a 4th Person in the Holy Trinity who looms large and disarming like a Nurse Ratchet, with measuring rod in hand against which each human being must stand so God the Father can tell whether we measure up and qualify for His love and all the bennies that come with it—or not. With the Kingdom perspective we look not so much to behavior basing, moral-besting, paint-by-number faith pallets, the saints and sinners who’s who as top categories on our list of concerns and considerations; we instead take cues from the stuff Jesus said and did…you know those things John intimated were too wonderful and too numerous “…if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen”
The Jesus Clone Pp.: 159-160
If you have a question or thought about this or other postings please feel free to send them in. As always, thanks for reading.
TBC: Wednesday, June 1, 2016