The Ancient Worldview in Biblical Interpretation

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My passion is to pursue the truth.  This is not as easy as one might think when it comes to trying to draw out the original intended meaning of the ancient Greek text.  There is a huge time span between the Scripture we have in our hands today and the ancient world with which the text was first penned.  We have huge gulf between the modern Western framework of thought and the ancient world.  What we are confronted with is the pictures conjured within the mind of the writer as they write the  Scriptures as well as in the mind of those who read and heard them may not be the same as what we perceive in the modern world.  I have said many times that there is no such…
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Implications of Union

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The first step is to understand the significance the Nicene theologians placed on the relationship between the Father and the Son.  This came through the all important term homoousios to Patri.  (όμοούσιοϛ τω Πάτρι) describing the internal oneness of being between the Father and the Son.  This brought to bear the clarity of the Oneness in relationship between the Father and the Son in three ways: What we see in Jesus Christ is this human being coming from out of the being of God (έκ της ούσίας).  Thus the relationship between the Father and the Son falls in the one being of God where they mutually dwell in one another.  Time, knowledge and being are a seamless garment between the two.  Nevertheless, we have to note that God the Father…
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More on Objective Union

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The heart of Nicene Theology is the reality that in Jesus, there is not one part of creation that is not connected to and consists in the very humanity of Jesus Christ.  The homoousion principle is the golden rule of faith whereby we are only in a position to allow the truth of who Jesus Christ is to wash over us.  God speaks to us in a Godly way sharing with us the things of God and what He has in store for all human beings.  Jesus is evidence that God has only the best interests of His creatures at heart and does everything towards us with this always in mind.  To bring to Him what we think He is like and what we think He can do is arrogant…
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The Prodigal Son (or is it the Prodigal Father??)

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This is one of those times when the emotion behind a parable really hits home.  Last July, we had to let our oldest foster daughter go.  It was the most heart wrenching and painful experiences of my life.  During my deepest time of grief, I felt the Spirit clearly reminding me of this parable over and over again.  I struggled so much to fight back the tears as God reminded me almost continually of it.  There is so often a focus placed on the son who leaves the father but very little is said of what this might have meant to the father. In fact I believe the story is more about the father than it is about the son. Having experienced such a deep sense of loss, I believe…
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The Loving Kind heart of God

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A few nights ago, I was having a discussion with some friends about the changes we go through as we begin to develop a clearer picture of the truth of God in the Person of Jesus Christ.  Many years ago after my eldest daughter was born, my wife became seriously ill.  I was flabbergasted as to why God would allow this to happen.  I cried out to God, 'why are you doing this to me?'  I believed I was a child of God and I had faith and did what I perceived to be the right things.  Yet, it seemed to me that my whole world was falling apart.  This was the straw that was breaking the camel's back. Two weeks before we got married, I lost my job due…
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Understanding our Filter

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Another one of my struggles with a number of the modern texts is how much they conflict with what was generally accepted as canon in the first few centuries of the church. It is remarkable that what was widely known and accepted by the early church fathers is largely held with a great deal of suspicion by modern contemporary Christians. The central theme of the early church was, "Jesus Christ - God as Man - in union with all things." What this means is Jesus Christ is God who has assumed what we are in all our sinfulness so that we could become what He is in all His glory, even and in spite of all our rebellion. This union assumed our rebellion, sin, darkness and depravity in every aspect…
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Objective Union vs Sin & Separation

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We have two different points of view when we approach the issue of understanding our world view. This is very important as we need to know why we think what we do. I have highlighted the two biases as "sin is separation from God," on the one side and on the other side we have, "objective union." These points of view are diametrically opposed to one another. What tends to happen is those who begin with sin is separation from God tend to be a little sceptical about those who begin with objective union. I found that as I opened myself to "objective union" and studied it, the more I became troubled with the view of sin is separation from God. It is natural to think this way as the…
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Implications of Union

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The first step is to understand the significance the Nicene theologians placed on the relationship between the Father and the Son. This came through the all important term homoousios to Patri. (όμοούσιοϛ τω Πάτρι) describing the internal oneness of being between the Father and the Son. The first step is to understand the significance the Nicene theologians placed on the relationship between the Father and the Son. This came through the all important term homoousios to Patri. (όμοούσιοϛ τω Πάτρι) describing the internal oneness of being between the Father and the Son. This brought to bear the clarity of the Oneness in relationship between the Father and the Son in three ways: 1. What we see in Jesus Christ is this human being coming from out of the being of…
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The Gospel must embrace real Human Issues

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It appears the message of grace is spreading. This is very pleasing. For many who have been involved in the Trinitarian ministry it has been a long a difficult road with many challenges along the way. Once we grasp the utterly staggering good news of what God has achieved by means of his humanity as the man Jesus Christ, it appears too good to take in. When the gospel is seen in this light, it does seem to make life more bearable and the actions of others around you more tolerable. Our destiny remains steadfast and Jesus is the anchor to our soul. However, what life deals you in the meantime can drag you through some of the most treacherous storms anyone can imagine. Life still has its unexpected turns,…
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Do it for Love

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I was in the process of logging into this website and this title came to mind.  I will explain in what context it is.  I recalled around ten years ago when we were undertaking the process of applying to be foster carers.  One of the first questions posed to us was: Why do you want to become foster carers?  Our answer was, we do it for love.  This is the most common answers given by most applicants as they embark in the application process that can take up to a year.  We had a family of our own of two children who were both considered to be mature and well adjusted.  Many people commended us on how our children behaved.  We believed it was our overwhelming desire to love them. …
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