7/25/2003

foundations

   Where do you stand ? What is your foundation ? His story tells us that Jesus, after teaching said this, "Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. "But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great."     In the pm talk that I have heard many are stepping back from the Story (God's Word) and saying that we need to reexamine the truth's that we have been taught. Now I am fine with that, to go deeper into relationship with the Creator we must push through tradition and find the reality of God's nature. But, I fell, we must be careful to not let the culture that surround us design how we study the Word. I believe that the only approach to studying the Word is historical-grammatical interpretation. That means that the Word means what it meant to those it was spoken to first. Please post if you disagree. But this means that the Word can never mean what it never meant. Plain and simple. We cannot try to use our culture as the lens to see the Word correctly. It wasn't written to us, or our culture. It was written to them in their culture. So we meed to go deeper into understanding their culture. Before we can understand what the Word means in our culture. I have always had a hard time with people that take one verse and build their life around it, saying "what this means to me is." That is not a good way to look at the Word. Plus it is always more powerful to look at the Word as they understood it. This also means that we need to use the verses in context to the chapter, chapter to book, book to type of books.        Everything in the Word is not true in the sense that you can take it literal, but I believe that everything in the Word is recorded the way it happened. Take Psalm 37 for example "Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken, nor seen their children begging for bread." I've been to other places in the world where Christians have been "forsaken" and begged for food. So we can't say that this is an honest passage for us. But to David...could this have been true ? If so then is Psalm recorded correctly ? Could David have been referencing to an eternal place where the godly aren't forsaken and their children don't beg for bread ?" No he wasn't referencing to that...why the Jews in ancient Jerusalem didn't have a "pie in the sky" mentality. They thought very little of an "after life." To a hebrew it was more important to live in today then live in tomorrow. So I will ask again...where is your foundation ?

SOUL

baring my soul

Last week Jeph asked me a question "Are you this vulnerable in person." My pride said , "Of course...I have nothing to hide." That simply isn't true...I have to confess. I want to be very vulnerable in person, sometime I am but only with things that don't make me look stupid. Like my struggles with the whole postmodern christian thing. I have so many questions, so many things that I don't understand. But I don't want to look stupid. Dude I went to Bible College, and I have been saved for over ten years, I mean this stuff should be easy to me. But it's not. At all. So I've decided to kill the Beast. I want to slaughter false humility and my pride. So from now on I will post, among other things, my questions and struggles with being a christian in a postmodern culture. While something I think are already my beliefs, I will post my disagreements with pm and ask you to respond. In pursuit of Him, giving up my understanding for His heart.