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Summary of my ideas

The Church 


The Universe


Theology


Philosophy


The Spirit World


Social Topics


Christian Doctrine


Morality


Science


Every idea of mine about Christian truth

Here they all are.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  1. Unholy Leaders: Church leaders must be orthodox, holy, and otherwise qualified. Any system which doesn't enforce this should be rejected.
  2. 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.
  3. True Church: It is wrong to claim that my denomination is the one true Church to the exclusion of all other Christian groups.
  4. Wackiness and Wierdness: So many examples.
  5. Sex is bad: Throughout much of church history, conjugal relations were thought to be sinful unless attempting to procreate.

Hidden Assumptions

Careful reading exposes these hidden assumptions. Be wary.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Philosophy of soul (late 2009)
  2. Creative frames of universe (early 2010)
  3. New heavens / earth = this universe (without sin & suffering) (early 2010)
  4. Eschatology (early 2010)
  5. Literal Bible interpretation (early 2010)
  6. Started producing videos (autumn 2011)
  7. The Age of Genesis (early 2014)

Before all that:

  1. Protestant + tolerance + relativism + hell (1990 — 2007)
  2. Home/house church (1998 — 2001)
  3. Old earth + local flood (1998 — 2002)
  4. Eschatology / amillennialism (1998 — 2002)
  5. Catholic + Moral theology (2002 — 2007)
  6. Questioning (Orthodox, Catholic problems) + early, apostolic church (2007 — 2008)
  7. Ecumenical Christian + revised moral/ethical views (Spring 2009)
  8. Sociological topics (feed the poor, global warming, oil wars, utopia) (2009)