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Medieval man was smarter than we give him credit for. He knew full well the earth was round, respected the hierarchical nature of the universe and social structure, and saw creation as a wonderful and precise mechanism powered (literally) by the sustaining love of - and for - God.
But even the heliocentric model isn't really "right." Just because a model works, doesn't mean it's the most accurate. Something can be functional, even "right" and still not be completely right. We westerners don't really like not being completely right, so we sometimes defend our positions to the exclusion of new data or theories just because we don't want to add to or change our set ideas.
John H. Walton argues that the Genesis chapter one is a functional description of creation as opposed to a material one. This was a major shift in my thinking, yet it ties in perfectly with everything I've been writing about for years now. Functional creation is everywhere.
If God were to express himself from within the universe, how would it look? For my money, exactly like a Father God whose Holy Spirit lives within and among us, and Human Son who walked, taught, died, and rose again to kick the door to death off for us to follow into life.
Join me for a look at some possible modern ways of thinking about the non-linear God.
John writes in Revelation about the end of the age. As fun as it would be to talk about that too, I'm actually interested in the secondary and often overlooked point he makes about the saved. It's interesting, often translated dangerously and differently, and worth looking at in at least three translations if at all.Pay close attention to who and what is nonlinear in these translations of the verse, as it shifts pretty radically from one to another!
New International Version
"All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world."
New Living Translation
"And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life before the world was made--the Book that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered."
English Standard Version
"and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain."
"It is really, I suggest, a timeless truth about God that human nature, and the human experience of weakness and sleep and ignorance, are somehow included in His whole divine life."
CS Lewis wrote many things from fiction to non-fiction, allegory to fairy-tale, but this section may well be a key to understanding both his own thinking, and the nature of the non-linear God.
This reading focuses on an often overlooked (by his own instruction) section of MERE CHRISTIANITY about God and Time: SECTION IV.3 “Time And Beyond Time” in MERE CHRISTIANITY – by CS Lewis
"Now, the first thing to notice is that the whole sting of it comes in the words 'at the same moment.' Most of us can imagine God attending to any number of applicants if only they came one by one and He had an endless time to do it in. So what is really at the back of this difficulty is the idea of God having to fit too many things into one moment of time."
Is Harry Potter a Messianic Figure or a devil in disguise?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (a.k.a. Philosopher's Stone) is a story that exists within a rich transmedia universe derived from the novels by J.K. Rowling. The film was the number one box office seller for 2001 and the book and its sequels were a best-seller for years on end.
The story is about a boy who discovers he is a wizard and is invited to attend school at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but is that bad or is it a brilliant metaphor for something greater, eternal even?
The story follows the "hero’s journey" model employed by the main author. Central are the themes of love and redemption, friendship, and overcoming evil. Also, while the first story sets up the franchise setting and conflict for the six additional sequels, it is actually a self-contained story unto itself, completing the first of a series of A-B-C story arcs unto its own.
However, while later sequels do expand the wizarding world in a number of ways, one thing that is never addressed is the ultimate question of the origins of evil and good, namely: Where is God?
Doc answers common questions from a CROSSmedia perspective.
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Imojis are a symptom like "1984" Newspeak, and that is doubleplusungood!
Group identity and belonging is taking over. The culture is shifting to group-think... about society, about government, about sex, and about religion.
Could the solution be simply actually thinking and speaking as an individual - as the postmodern CLAIMS they want?
God Mode Activated! (Or... Everything I Need to Know about Religion I learned from Games!)
In 2016 I spoke to the UT Dallas "Reasonable Faith" (http://www.originsdiscussion.info/) group about God and video games, calling it "God Mode Activated!"
Here, for your enjoyment are both parts of that talk. If you would prefer the full VIDEO version of the talk, it is available HERE.
What if the word "infinite" is too limiting for God? Infinity is an abstract concept that doesn't really exist except to help us do math and philosophy. Yet we use this word for God all the time.