Saturday, January 14, 2012

Time and Faith

There may be many reasons why orthodox Christianity doesn't make sense to me, one of them is about a theology of time.
Orthodox Christianity seems to me to be a lot about the future and the past, and for whatever reason that doesn't make any sense to me.
There's a lot of talk about "what God has done" and "what God will do" which just seems sort of irrelevant to me.
Maybe it's because I'm a scientist by inclination and by training, and I sort of look for universal laws. Because the law of gravity is a fundamental law of the universe it was the same 2000 years ago, it will be the same 2000 years from now, it is the same today. It does not change.
Similarly I would expect theological laws to be the same today as they were 2000 years ago, yet orthodox Christianity insists that God was more present in the universe 2000 years ago than God is today. I cannot accept that.
Also I'm convinced that mindfulness of the present is so very important. By putting God in the past, or in the future, in heaven, in the afterlife or at the end of time we are putting God away from here and now. But it makes much more sense to me that God is as here right now as God has ever been. This seems to me the only kind of God who could possibly be relevant.
I just don't buy into the worldview of history that seems to be a prerequistite of some people's Christianity.

1 Comments:

Anonymous T.A.H. said...

Brother Stephen
Since I am a preterist and believe that the book of revelations has already occurred, I have no trouble believing that God is vitally present in the world, in the here and now.The vinyard needs more workers. Now.

T.A.H.

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