The Trinitarian Gospel and Human Rights

The Trinitarian Gospel and Human Rights

Theology
Some of the views expressed in this post are the views of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Perichoresis Australia as a whole. The Trinitarian gospel and human rights go hand in hand.  The cry for justice is not just between human beings, which is certainly very important, but it also includes a whole spectrum of issues confronted by humanity. Not caring for the environment affects human beings.  Interfering with fragile ecosystems for the sake of progress has reverberating effects and in the end are unjust acts against ourselves. Questionable legal decisions can affect human beings. Underpaying wages to people is also an injustice and it appears to be happening all too frequently in this country. Injustices usually occur when there is inequality of some kind…
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What is “Tradition?”

What is “Tradition?”

Theology
Ignatius speaks about conducting ourselves in the unity of our flesh and spirit in the same manner that Jesus Christ conducted Himself in the Spirit in unity with His own humanity. The Incarnation indicates to us that God cherishes our humanity by embracing it and making it His own. Because there is union between God, His own humanity in the Person of Jesus Christ, means our humanity is united to God and fully sanctified in Him. Human activity was grounded in the love of God towards us enfleshing Himself in Jesus Christ.  His human activity was the outward expression of His own Divine Being towards the human race He loved.  In receiving His love, we can live out in His incarnate reality and love others as we are loved. So…
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Why Tradition?

Why Tradition?

Theology
Who cares about tradition?  This is a very important question.  In the previous post, I highlighted the importance of both scripture and tradition.  In the ancient church, the two worked harmoniously together and one did not contradict the other.  The gospel was spreading long before the New Testament Scriptures became widely available.  There was a manner of speaking and knowing that began to take shape.  When Scripture became more widely available, the tradition that was well established in many communities with many handed onto them by the apostles themselves was confirmed by the scriptures as they became readily available to them. As the different, gospels, such as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John along with the epistles became readily available, those who held firmly to what was first handed to them…
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For us men and for our Salvation . . .

For us men and for our Salvation . . .

Theology
There has been a long standing belief regarding who it is Jesus Christ died for.  In the Nicene Creed in the clause regarding the reason for the Incarnation, it says For us men and for our salvation . .  The whole reason the Word became flesh was for our sake.  It has often been implied that Jesus Christ came to die for the Father.  Why did He need to die for the Father?  Some say it is the righteous nature of the Father that demands it.  On the contrary, as Baxter Kruger has said time and time again, Jesus Christ did not come to change the Father, He came to change us.  He came to bring us back to where we ought to be.  We were the ones who were in desperate…
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The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed

The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed

Assorted Topics on Everything, Theology
The Nicene Creed was initially designed as a unified confession for bishops.  For these leaders, this creed  was the best reflection of the apostolic tradition and summed up all they held to be true regarding the gospel.  It was a careful evolution from statements made throughout the church in the ancient mediterranean world that was handed to them from the apostles.  If we examine these letters written firstly by Paul himself in 1Corinthians 15 and follow the early writers into the second century through to the Nicene Council of 325AD, we find there is very little variation between these statements of beliefs and the Nicene Creed.  The Creed handed down at this council was not without its controversy. For the first time, a non-scriptural word homoousios was introduced, traditionally  translated "same substance." …
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More on the Word made Flesh

More on the Word made Flesh

Theology
One of the stark characteristics of the ancient church was its ability to make the message plain and simple to the Christians they served.  By contrast, the heretics would confuse and complicate the message. While the ancient church would focus on who God is through Himself revealed in the Person and work Jesus Christ, the heretics were more concerned with who God is not.  We find in the early writings the fathers accused the heretics of their constant claim that God was incomprehensible and far beyond the capacity for any human being to grasp.  Even though the heretics insisted on this claim, they were confident  that they knew what God is not.  The father's response, in particular Athanasius, if you do not even know what God is, then how can…
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The Word made Flesh

The Word made Flesh

Theology
In this country we have an RV industry that is experiencing rapid economic growth.  As the baby-boomers enter into retirement many are investing in caravans and camper trailers or motor homes and setting off into the Australian outdoors to explore this vast and beautiful country.  At the same time, this industry is in somewhat of a crisis as it is self-regulated.  They set their own standards and claim almost anything they like to get a hold of the hard earned dollars of retirees.  Numerous people have run into trouble when the RV they have purchased breaks down as the enter into their first journey.  Some break down after their second or third journey.  Price does not necessarily reflect quality.  Whether you buy at the bottom end of the scale or…
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Jesus Christ: The Proof that God exists.

Jesus Christ: The Proof that God exists.

Theology
It is amazing how for so many years we can devote ourselves to something so passionately. Twenty years ago, I was living in a rural area around 200km (125 miles) north of our state's capital.  We were publishing articles in the local newspaper every month sharing with the local community our version of the gospel.  This attracted the attention of the Christian groups in the area who offered plenty of advice on what I should write about to be more effective.  Some people eagerly awaited the publication to read my article. The opinions shared with me from Christians was always from the point of view of how they understood the Scriptures.  It was a far cry from what I believe now.  Something I was so passionate about was so far off…
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The Way to True Freedom

The Way to True Freedom

Theology
The truth is the truth because it is the truth.  We either serve the truth and allow it to guide us and wash us from what is not true and turning us from darkness to light or we run around like blind fools.  The gospel is the same. Once we see where the truth resides, which resides in the very Person of Jesus Christ who is the Truth of all Truths Personified, then as servants we have no choice but to allow the truth of this very Person to teach us all that is true.  There is no where else to go! Jesus Christ is the ground of all that is true!  It took me many years to come to this all-important realisation.  When we declare the reality of Jesus Christ as…
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Incarnation: The Real Meaning of Christmas

Incarnation: The Real Meaning of Christmas

Theology
The Word of God is born! Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth and goodwill in all humanity! This is what the angel and the heavenly hosts declared about Jesus Christ.  This is the single most momentous occasion in the whole history of the universe.  The Good News is the God of the universe has become one of us, a human being as we are. This is what Irenaeus had to say about such an event: So then He united man with God, and established a community of union between God and man; since we could not in any other way participate in incorruption, save by His coming among us. For so long as incorruption was invisible and unrevealed, it helped us not at all, therefore it…
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