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pursuing the upward call with fear and trembling

just a 44 year old man seeking to share my meanderings with the world at large or the blogosphere at small

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Knowing What's What

Paradigm shifts are huge when they occur. The Enlightenment, the Protestant Reformation, and now seemingly the Post-Modern,Emergent/Missional Movement. Bob Dylan said in the 60's, the times they are a-changin. I think his words are often prophetic,hopefully so now. Perusing the blogosphere it is quite something to scan across various and sundry blogs and take in a glance at how this shift is occurring. I think blogging has actually played a big part in adding to this shift, much like the printing press aided Martin Luther and the progression of the Reformation. Exciting to see newness and change taking place.

Campus Crusade for Christ played a major role in evangelical Christianity the past 4 decades. The 4 spiritual laws, praying the *sinners prayer* and recognizing God has a wonderful plan for your life have been foundational for many people initially coming to faith in Christ and becoming part of the Church. Very good things have happened through these ministries, God definitely blessed them, but there are some real challenges as to their overall effectiveness. Lack of followup in developing discipleship, leaving a new believer wondering if all that was needed to be *saved* was praying that prayer and having no instruction on growing spiritually and the struggle that would occur in doing so.

The *Left Behind* book series has enjoyed resounding popularity and success, but is it sound and good theology??? Dispensationalism, the theology which these books advocate, only came into being in the 19th century. A look back at the early church fathers will show an openess to an amillennial theology as well as some other divergent views. We are a personality-driven culture in the USA, and the christian world in many ways does this as well. Strong,charismatic,authoritative leaders and ministers often dictate a lot of the thinking,actions and attitudes that the church adopts and brings into actual life events. I am a conservative republican who has been on the moderate side of the theological/political map. I have found myself more and more achieving common ground with views that are on the liberal left, and seeing the grayness and mystery that keeps so much from being purely black/white,

What is to be taken literally, what is symbolic??? This is a major area of inquiry i want to tackle exhaustively now. Is the creation narrative in Genesis a literal 7 days???? Is the book of Job a literal true story?? How do we recognize what is which??? How do we cone to agreement on what is the correct interpretation of Scripture as the Holy Spirit intended it to be ??? Some very exciting questions i hope to explore more and sure want lots of input on from any and all who stop by here.


At 8:42 PM, Blogger Gypsy said...

This is one subject that I am very ignorant about Robert as you have probably worked out by now so my input won't be worth diddly squat. What I would like to say though is I like your inquisitive mind and the fact that you are willing and determined to find the answers to your questions. I hope the answers will be to your liking and help you in your journey to find true and lasting happiness. Amen.

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Robert said...

dear gypsy your input is always welcomed regardless if you know diddly squat or not i do seek to inquire and hope the searching develops more true lasting happiness which God intends us all to have I believe deeply amen and ty for sharing

At 2:39 AM, Blogger Shaz said...

What is the correct interpretation of Scripture as the Holy Spirit intended it to be? Great queation with few real answers will we ever know exactly? It is the one book yet with so many peoples personal views and teachings that we cant all agree on. Interesting though, I know I will ask when I finally leave this side.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger bjk said...

just caught your picture up at bar's....you have a great smile. Why didn't you, don't you put it up here?

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Robert said...

becky ty i didnt post it here as protection against people i don't want knowing in here who are in real life that is the only reason i saved a copy so i can email it to anyone who wants to see as well i will be emailing you back soon to friend!!!

shazzie hey matey ty for your thoughts my wonderful lady it truly is a wonder we will search after unti we all are in heaven so fun to seek while still here though lol huge hugs and well wishes dear shazzie xox

At 4:50 AM, Blogger Shaz said...

okay now I am curious............Please send me a picture I would love to put a picture in my head to match your words xxx


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