- Too often we think we have it all figured out. I know I used to think so. Then I realized that everything I believed in was itself the result of a worldview that was in large measure foreign to Jesus and Scripture.
After years of following Christ, I realized that I had placed God in a box. It was a nice box. I had made it just for Him. And it had everything He needed. There was only one problem. God doesn’t fit in boxes. We might. But He doesn’t. This was quite a shock for me.
Understanding this was actually quite liberating! I soon learned to become okay with it. God, after all, transcends everything. So why should I expect that He could fit in my box?
Unfortunately, we tend to simply accept the theology of the day. What is in vogue. We do so, however, ignorant of history. Ignorant of the assumptions that lie behind our theology. Yet, we hold to it. Tenaciously. Sometimes viciously.
- It is important to understand that the theology of the day is very much a product of our worldview; which itself is the product of our cultural worldview. It is when this theology of the day becomes detached from the worldview of Scripture, and even the worldview of the historic church, that we must begin to tread lightly.
But herein lies one of the problems with the contemporary Church. The modernist worldview tells us that we have absolute certainty in many matters. So, now, instead of treading lightly, we begin to assert matters with even more fierceness. Now we know everything that needs to be known! And we end up with the creation of a monolithic structure of dogma that must be adhered to without question. Even love crumbles under its weight!
So what I hope to do through this website is to explore questions of truth and theology in order to determine what the biblical worldview was and how this affects our understanding in relation to many matters today. I will attempt to do so all the while cognizant of the encroachment of secular ideologies: e.g., modernism and postmodernism—for we know that we can never escape fully escape them.
Now I understand that this is where we may find opposition. The fact is that many of us are comfortable with our current beliefs. We have come to embrace them and we have learned to live within the framework that has been established by them. And we don’t like change. Change is uncomfortable. Change brings in the unknown and the uncertain. So we immediately withdraw and either refuse to engage in the search for truth, or we reject any supposition that doesn’t fit neatly into our conceptions.
I am primarily concerned with matters of biblical interpretation and eschatology. Why eschatology? Because I believe that too many evangelical Christians have accepted a worldview related to the end-times that fails to adequately account for the mission of God in Scripture—and our role in that mission.