Ask questions, because I can’t possibly think of everything by myself.
I sense the leading of the Lord to address some of the major theological topics commonly discussed among Western Christians. Look for titles that start with “Theology and Practice.” It’s not that I have no awareness of Eastern Christianity, but I don’t have a feel for what Eastern Christians would consider important right now. I don’t have a finger on that pulse; it’s not my calling. The world I live in is mostly evangelical American Christian religion and its theology. I’m willing to address anything else you ask about, so don’t hold back. But I’ve already said that theology is nothing more than one person’s mental organization of faith, and what I know best is the stuff I’m reacting against from my own education and experience.
Thus, you should not expect me to issue “ex cathedra” divine guidance on what you should think or believe. This is more about developing a context for your own independent guidance from the Lord. If you share any of my background, this might prove helpful in seeking peace with God, particularly on nagging questions and controversies in Christian religion up to our time.
Right off the bat, you should expect me to say this: Most of the biggest controversies arise only in the context of Western assumptions and biases. For example, the Calvinist-Arminian debate would not arise in an ancient Hebrew society. It’s a silly question for them. We are seeking to move closer to the ancient Hebrew intellectual atmosphere and farther from the heathen world-view of the West. Some of these issues I’ll bring up will quickly turn out to be stupid questions. There is such a thing as stupid questions. Not in the sense that asking them is wrong, but that the answer is to ditch the assumptions behind them.
I can’t promise I’ll be posting daily, but I also can’t promise I won’t load you up multiple posts in a single day. It’s that kind of project and I’m that kind of weirdo. If you get bored, just check the title and skip it when you get tired of reading about it. I don’t take myself that seriously, but people have been asking those kinds of questions from time to time. Again, all I can offer is my own answers.
Where you come down on some of this stuff is wide open. My underlying contention is that divine truth cannot be rendered down to logical explanation in the first place. We all need a way of wrestling with the question of what faith demands of us personally, and the purpose God had in giving us brains was to organize and implement what our hearts discern from His Holy Spirit. We are not ancient Hebrew people, so we aren’t going to come up with their explanations. But we can seek to understand how God revealed Himself through their culture, keeping in mind that He engineered that culture as the best way to reveal Himself and His truth for us.
Feel free to keep for your own religion any traditions that bring you closer to God. You still have to deal with who you are now, in order to become who God intended you to be. My intention here is to help you examine by hopefully asking the right questions.
Feel free to ask your own questions so as to help me process it, as well.