- True Christianity is defined by the teachings of the apostles which are found in three places:
Any church, denomination, or Christian community adhering to these essentials is truly Christian.
- The New Testament (properly interpreted)
- Select writings of the early church fathers
- The creeds
- Movement within the universe is an illusion. God creates and destroys the universe (a creative frame) a trillion trillion trillion times per second. Each creative frame is static like one image of a motion picture film. The soul "connects the dots" and perceives time and motion.
- In creating the universe one creative frame after another, God usually uses mathematics and the natural laws to determine where to place each object.
- In each creative frame God can place objects wherever he chooses; he is not bound by the natural laws. Thus, we have miracles and the laws of quantum mechanics both of which seem to defy the laws of nature.
- The soul inhabits its physical body for a brief moment during each creative frame.
- There are four phases for each creative frame:
- Creative — the creative frame is being formed.
- Sustaining — the creative frame exists unchanged for a brief moment.
- Destructive — the creative frame is being destroyed.
- Rest — the interval between two creative frames. The universe simply doesn't exist during this time.
- The "lake of fire" is merely that condition in which a soul inhabits its physical body during the destructive portion of each creative frame. Thus, these souls forever experience destruction, hopelessness, fire, annihilation.
- The new heavens and new earth (the universe) is the same universe as this universe; but without sin.
- The Catholic emphasis on Thomas Aquinas and Aristotelian philosophy is misguided. (The Orthodox churches do not have this philosophical base.)
- The moral law was in operation in Old Testament times. God never commanded people to do immoral things such as genocide, abandoning their wives and families, unjust wars, slavery, capital punishment for small crimes, etc.
- The Bible is to be interpreted literally; even more literally than Protestant fundamentalists do.
- Certain events described in the Bible literally occur in the spiritual earth and these events impact the earth. The book of Revelation has many examples.
- It is not always easy to know when a passage is literally describing something in the spiritual realm or when it is figurative. But because symbols are real in the spiritual realm it makes no difference whether we properly identify these passages.
- The book of Revelation contains very little in the way of prophetic events that can be mapped to a timeline. It mainly deals with themes such as persecution of Christians, judgment, the second coming, and descriptions of events in the spiritual realm (which impact this world).
- Philosophy is the study of the soul.
- The soul lives in a spiritual realm and has certain attributes.
- Once created by God, the soul lives forever.
- We never lose our memories because they are stored in the soul.
- Souls can have a spiritual body (this is what we experience in our dreams) in addition to inhabiting a physical body.
- Souls have certain attributes. Each kind of creature has a certain set of attributes. The attributes are things such as consciousness, appetite/desire, will, emotions, memories, language, physical body, etc.
The Spirit World
- There is a spiritual earth corresponding to the physical earth.
- There are various spiritual realms from the highest heaven to the spiritual earthly realm.
- When spirit beings possess other creatures it seems to affect the form of their spiritual body. Thus many demons have animal characteristics (because they have been doing this). Spirit beings are attracted to the prospect of having a body but in possessing bodily creatures they are violating God's law by leaving their proper habitation (Jude 6).
- There are various kinds of spirit beings:
- Angels — good spirit beings.
- Demons — wicked spirit beings. These manifest many forms, shapes and sizes.
- Souls of humans — these live in the spiritual realm and interact with the other spirit beings.
- Disembodied humans — this condition is temporary.
- Spirits of animals — embodied and disembodied.
- Spirit beings have a certain ability to impact this world. Thus, demon-possessed people can have super-human strength.
- Spirit beings can manifest in the physical realm in two ways:
- With a body — Example: the angels who pulled Lot back in the house.
- With various physical manifestations such as light, sounds, wind — Apparitions are of this category.
- Society should help the poor. There should be no more homelessness or dire poverty.
- The global warming craze is misguided. We should instead be focusing on reducing the world population to 500 million; creating sustainable, environmental-friendly lifestyles; and eradicating pollution.
- Christ is truly present in the Eucharist for those who believe it and when practiced in the context of a church or Christian community that believes it.
- Spirit beings (the angels) have a limited ability to perform genetic engineering by modifying matter (involving demon possession). They did this once before Noah's flood (a local flood to destroy the creatures they created) and again during the time of the Israelites (the giants in the land who were killed in battle). God doesn't allow this anymore but now these spirit beings are influencing humans to perform genetic engineering via naturalistic means. Before the time of Jesus the goal was to prevent the birth of the Messiah; now it is to corrupt humankind.
- Divorce is morally unacceptable because marriage is forever (it continues into the new heavens and new earth). The exception is abuse or neglect of spouse or children: physical, mental, emotional, psychological.
- Any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage between one man and one woman is immoral. I make an exception for gay marriage.
- Viewing or reading about other people's sins is immoral except in the context of studying history or some other subject.
- Sharing stories about the sins of others is immoral except in the context of warning others or studying about people in general.
- The earth and universe are old.
- Noah's flood was local.
- Evolution occurred but God intervened during key mutation events.
- Adam and Eve were real people, but not the first two humans.
- Even before Adam and Eve sinned, animals ate each other and there was pain and suffering.
Every idea of mine about Christian truth
Here they all are.
- The Church:The word "Church" has a broad meaning including everything relating to Jesus and salvation, but excluding error and sin. Impure, unholy, sinful, and untrue things are outside the Church; this includes people, doctrines, teaching, practices, traditions.
- The Church went bad:At the same time the bishops were formulating the Trinity and determining the canon of scripture, they were going down the wrong path regarding Church authority and Church government. But even so, God works in every generation and in every person.
- Councils: We have no reason to believe that decrees of councilsare forever true. For example, no subsequent council reversed the decrees of the Council of Jersualem; these just sort of became irrelevant over time, through neglect. It is as if, in order for a truth to be infallible, it must be reinforced constantly from generation to generation.
- Doctrinal Development:Modern doctrines of the Church are not stated in the exact words of the New Testament; therefore, they have developed. The Christians of the apostolic era did not have our modern versions of doctrines and it was good enough for them. Perhaps regarding salvation, there is no need to have any doctrinal development at all?
- Truth: The Bible is not sufficient;we must glean apostolic teaching from the early church fathers and the seven ecumenical councils to gain the proper perspective. The philosophy of Plato, Aristotle,and Aquinas is just plain wrongbut these have influenced Christian thinking.
- Church Unity: Church unity has these aspects; Christians are united because they (1) believe the one true faith, and (2) are members of one Church; of the one body of Christ.
Follies (which I mock)
I cannot accept untruth as true.
- Unholy Leaders: Church leaders must be orthodox, holy, and otherwise qualified. Any system which doesn't enforce this should be rejected.
- The Church is Flawed: Yes, but if it is too extremely flawed, it is no longer the Church of Christ. Merely saying that the Church is a Church of sinners to excuse bad behavior is not acceptable. When Cardinals have their own torture chambers and holy people of God are burned at the stake (St. Joan of Arc, Jan Hus)Christians should boycott.
- True Church: It is wrong to claim that my denomination is the one true Church to the exclusion of all other Christian groups.
- Wackiness and Wierdness: So many examples.
- Sex is bad: Throughout much of church history, conjugal relations were thought to be sinful unless attempting to procreate.
Careful reading exposes these hidden assumptions. Be wary.
- Spirit vs. Matter:Many Christians subconsciously assume that the physical world and the body are bad, while the spirit realm is good (ignoring, of course, the influence of wicked spirits). A corollary of this is that the flesh,which tempts us to sin, resides in the body.
- Sola Fide:A side-effect of believing works have no role in salvationis that the most egregious sins can be performed with no concern;the assumption is that God is aware of our sins and instantly forgives them all with no participation required on our part.
- Influence of Philosophy:The main problems with the Church stem from the influence of philosophyand the modelling of Roman rule in the Church. These influences appear in the very earliest church fathers and get worse over time. Even Augustine could not see past it.
Development of my ideas . . .
Evolution (changes) of my views/perspective.
Recent visions and musings:
- Philosophy of soul (late 2009)
- Creative frames of universe (early 2010)
- New heavens / earth = this universe (without sin & suffering) (early 2010)
- Eschatology (early 2010)
- Literal Bible interpretation (early 2010)
- Started producing videos (autumn 2011)
- The Age of Genesis (early 2014)
Before all that:
- Protestant + tolerance + relativism + hell (1990 — 2007)
- Home/house church (1998 — 2001)
- Old earth + local flood (1998 — 2002)
- Eschatology / amillennialism (1998 — 2002)
- Catholic + Moral theology (2002 — 2007)
- Questioning (Orthodox, Catholic problems) + early, apostolic church (2007 — 2008)
- Ecumenical Christian + revised moral/ethical views (Spring 2009)
- Sociological topics (feed the poor, global warming, oil wars, utopia) (2009)