bones of the book
The structure or bones of the book has been laid out in a simple and straightforward manner…there are 5 sections and these are arranged chronologically…
- Section One is entitled: The Prehistoric God. This section attempts to unearth what the prehistoric God must have been like and what He was doing before humans showed up on the planet. Is this God even discernible without the help of the Bible? If so–how so, and is He consistent with Biblical depictions of Him? This first section delves into a perspective of the eternal God (having no beginning) which is seldom if ever discussed in Christian or other religious circles. This section builds upon the supposition that God did create the universe, and did so operating within the parameters and methods talked about in science books. The Big Bang and evolution are 2 examples.
- Section Two: The Pre-Jesus God…continues the discussion established in Section One which now includes, of course, human beings. With the jigsaw pieces of humanity strewn about on the landscape of God’s creation what sorts of images will start to materialize? Will evolution take on a new dimension as the torch of creation is handed off to humans? Our investigation reveals the emergence of a fledgling world civilization and following right on its heels–the inception of religion with rudimentary conceptualizations of God. In this section we also talk about the other side of the evolution coin: human perspectives that push a static interpretation of God and His creation. Those who purport these static notions apparently hope to shut down and reverse the forward motion of His plan of creation. To best accomplish this a manipulation of actual dynamic historical events would have to happen. And it did happen; specific events relating to the development of civilization (in the Middle Eastern regions) did get, if not overwritten, upstaged by a suffocating and boxed-in narrative called the Old Testament. Be sure to read this section to find out how this came about.
- Section Three: The Jesus God. In this section we get back to the discussion of the dynamic nature of God that was started in Section One. Early on, the focus is upon another component of God’s dynamic nature–love, and we talk about what it is that makes it dynamic. We describe God’s love as being unconditional which features forgiveness as its lifeblood. We see this love theme of God’s preached and demonstrated in the life of His son–Jesus Christ. In this section I get to share my own personal experiences with forgiveness and with the nearness of Jesus. We get into how this dynamic quality of both His Father’s love and creativity are central to Jesus’s message about the Kingdom. In this section we revisit many popular teachings of Jesus and expose them to the brilliant light of this Kingdom perspective. In doing this, many previously unnoticed intricacies about these familiar teachings seem–for the first time–to step off the page; included among them is the well-worn Lord’s Prayer.
- Section Four: The Post-Jesus God. By this point in the book the layout becomes fairly obvious. In Section Four we take a look at what happens after Jesus is gone from the earth and what transpires in His absence. Jesus’s followers get organized–too organized and in the process, the message of the kingdom flounders at first and then gets hijacked by men with their own motives. This section sites specific examples of how (and why) the modern Christian message is no longer the same message Jesus shared with those who swarmed to see Him and hear Him talk. Following this divergent course away from His Kingdom message, we find a thoroughly convincing and false one in its place today. This is so for all the mainstream Christian and Catholic Churches alike. The bait and switch process begins by the year 315 AD when Christianity becomes the official religion of the Roman Empire. This happened under the reign of Constantine I and from that time on it’s just been gathering steam. A counsel of Catholic scholars gathered together a collection of scriptures into a 1-book Bible and canonized it as the word of God. The combination of these sorts of actions serve to mammonize the body of Christ or the church. Additionally in this section we talk about the ramifications of this 1-book Bible, systemic evil, and the struggle for divine authority among various Christian factions.
- Section Five: The Jesus Clone opens with some fictional characters being used as examples of how reality can go all topsy-turvy right before a group of incredulous witnesses. The group of witnesses sited is a movie audience; the characters exampled are Superman, Captain Kirk and Spiderman. The purpose for all this is to demonstrate how troubling and chaotic things can get when some well-known and well-loved characters are changed by outside influences. These examples, though fictional serve to introduce the concept of cloning which is used throughout this section. The term clone represents an image that looks like the original but is drastically different in behavior from it. The section moves to the next example of cloning by siting three examples of actual biblical characters: Peter, Mary (the mother of Jesus) and the Bible itself. The clones of these 3 characters represent grandiose and false images of each which have been fashioned by religious doctrines and teachings that have solidified over the centuries. The final example covered in the last half of this section is the clone of Jesus. In the last several chapters of the section which are the last chapters of the book, the Gospel of Matthew 21-25 are discussed at length.