Reflections List #2
I understand the progressive’s therapeutic need for challenging popular evangelical beliefs with complaints that reject damaging beliefs. It should be remembered that evangelical belief does not constitute the majority of historic belief received and practiced by Christians throughout history. This alone suggests critiques of evangelicalism's claims should be presented. However, theology does not exclude the real possibility of new readings of scripture as we draw closer to the way of Jesus and the knowledge of Christ. It is imperative that we teach people to think critically with faith and produce constructive theology that flows through scripture with a harmonic continuity of interpretation and revelation.
The question contains two parts. The first part makes the statement that there is something. The word something is uncertain, it does not identify the ‘something’. Something is an ambiguous word and in this case seems to represent all of creation and more specifically reveals the awareness of existence held in beings capable of asking the question.
There are ethical situations in life that are met with God’s grace, grace that can offend the expectations of our eras cultural senses. The story of Tamar affirms the right of women to control their own bodies.
Understanding the new birth metaphor is essential for beginning the process of spiritual growth. Conversion is not simply a joyous moment, it is a gradual immersion into the reality of God in contrast to the world as it is in the present. In this sense conversion is a traumatic experience that is an ongoing part of the Christian’s spiritual life.
When Eve is experiencing an inner dialogue at the curious presence of a serpent in the forbidden tree, she demonstrates the fullness of being human. Eve thinks ethically, the fruit is food, why the prohibition? Eve thinks aesthetically, the fruit of the tree is pleasing to the eyes. Eve thinks religiously for the fruit she will reach for offers being like God, free to make your own judgments about reality; that is to create reality.