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Love, not fear. (my theology in two pages)

It is time to stop approaching God on our knees.

Show reverence, respect, of course.

But Jesus makes us worthy to stand before God. Countless times angels appeared to people in the Old and New Testament and people threw themselves down to the ground, and the angel tells them every time to get up, to not be afraid. Don’t be afraid, fear not.

God needs us on our feet so we can serve Him.

There has to be a balance. Too many people these days have taken to the thought that they are God, because they have within them the light of God, which we call a soul. But we are the creation, we are not the Creator. We did not create ourselves. The world existed long before us, and will exist after us.

My theology isn’t a particular one. It is a gestalt, a blend. It is what has been revealed to me. Take it as you will.

I believe that Jesus came to point to God, rather than to himself. I believe that Jesus came to show us a way of life that leads to God.

We need to remember (or know) that God is everything. God is one. God created everything, and everything is God. We are like fish, swimming in the sea that is God. Even the fish are part of that sea that is God.

My theology is derived, gets words from, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and the words of Sufi mystics. I’ve found truth in Hinduism. I enjoy reading from all faiths, as well as listening to the voice of God that speaks to my heart.

I believe that God is constantly seeking us. I believe that we are all ministers of and to and for God. I believe a hierarchy of “ordained” and “lay” ministers is dangerous and leads to a sense of “greater” and “lesser than”.

I’ve been asked to cite chapter and verse of how I got to my assertions. To tell you how I got here is to try to point out each block that builds a building. I cannot point out exactly which trees lead me to this forest. I cannot lead you step by step along the path that will lead you to where I am. My belief comes from a lifetime of seeking and being found by God.

To try to point out each piece of the jigsaw puzzle is to miss the whole picture.

I’ve mentioned before in my blog that I am bipolar. I make no secret of it. Take my words as you will. Even if I didn’t reveal that, you should always read/research/reflect on what anyone says for yourself. Never ever entrust your path to another person. Buddha tells us this, and there is a lot of goodness in this. I’d rather have a person encourage me to question than to be expected to follow blindly.

Don’t follow. Walking along with is safer. If you follow, you can’t see where you are going.

My faith is new, and ancient. I’m not creating it out of whole cloth. Neither am I ripping up bits of pieces from all other faith traditions that have been before and making a quilt for myself either. I’ve seen a thread, a theme that runs through. I believe that thread runs from God to us and back to God. I believe that thread connects each of us, across languages, across countries, across cultures, across history.

That thread is a thread of love. We are created by a loving God. We are loved by God beyond words. We are here to make this world better, to let God work through us. We are here to let others know that they are loved by loving them.

We are here to wake up to ourselves, to our calling, to our lives. We are here to be active participants in our lives and in the life of our community and world. We are here to be fully alive.

I keep saying the same things over and over, in different ways. One day I’ll have all the words, and it still won’t be enough. I know I’m missing pieces. I know I’m forgetting to tell you an important part, but I don’t know what. One day I’ll have the experience that will give me a way to explain it. Meanwhile I wrestle, and I try.

You make love visible through living it. Love out loud. Live fully.

3 thoughts on “Love, not fear. (my theology in two pages)

  1. The important part is the gospel. Christ is God in the flesh. He lived a perfect, sinless life and took God’s wrath on the cross for all who would repent and trust in Him alone for salvation. He rose from the dead and gives eternal life to all He saves. Please consider how you measure up to God’s perfect standard. Are you perfect? Have you sinned? Please repent of your sins and put your faith in Christ alone. He is the way, the truth and the life. He is the only way. There are not many paths to heaven, only one. Please consider these things. Your eternal soul depends on it.

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  2. Jesus Christ is:

    God – Gensis 2:3, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 44:6, 48:12-16, Matthew 1:23, 12:8, 26:63-67, John 1:1, 14, 18, 3:16, 18, 31, Acts 10:36, Romans 10:11-13, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2:8, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Philippians 2:6, Colossians 1:16, 2:9, 2 Timonthy 4:1, Hebrews 1:3, James 2:1, 1 John 4:9, 5:20, and Revelation 1:5, 17, 17:4, 22:13

    the only Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one can come to the Father except through Him – John 14:6

    the only One through whom anyone is saved – Acts 4:12

    the only and perfect sacrifice for our sins – 1 John 2:2

    the only substitute for sinners – Isaiah 53:4-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21

    the one whom the Holy Spirit exalts – John 16:8-15 (pay close attention to verses 14 and 15).

    the Chief cornerstone of the Church – Ephesians 2:20-21

    This is just a little bit of some sound biblical theology about Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity.

    Also, what about the gospel? Who is it about, who did He come to save, why do we need to be saved, and Who gets glorified in all of this? Unless you are able to answer those questions based on scripture alone rather than your own life experiences, and believe Him, you’re not saved. If you have a different understand and a different teaching on these, you don’t have the Father, either (2 John).

    We’re not here to wake up to ourselves, as that is not even possible. Why? Because we’re born dead in our trespasses and sins, are poor, wretched, miserable, blind, naked, and have minds that’re hostile to God that will not submit to Him or His laws, either. That is the human nature of us all (Matthew 15:18-19, Romans 8:7, Ephesians 2:1-3). We need to be saved and awaken by God, Himself. And in order for that to happen, we must repent of our sins and trust Jesus Christ, alone. There is no other way. Our sin is against God, who is holy and just by nature and His wrath abides on those who are unbelieving and unrepentant.

    We are not here to make the world a better place. The mission of the Church is to proclaim the truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that people may be saved and made alive in Him (Luke 24:46-47). The gospel is what changes things and what the world needs, not moralism. Doing good is fine, but what use is any of it if people are still dead in their sins and on their way to hell?

    Betsy, with all do respect, your theology is bankrupt because it’s not at all what scripture says. Instead, you derive ‘truth’ from all kinds of pagan religions and philosophies that’re contradictory, and an affront, to the real and only God of the bible. Also, the entire bible is about Jesus, from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

    How will you fare on judgement day, Betsy? Will you be found not guilty because your sins have been covered in the shed blood of Christ and clothed in His perfect righteousness or will you hear the Lord say to you “Depart from Me; I never knew you, you worker of lawlessness”? Please, I beg you, think about this because your very soul depends upon it and this is a matter of eternity. Where will you spend it? In heaven with Jesus or in hell suffering God’s just wrath, forever with no rest or relief.

    God is longsuffering and has no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that he or she turn from their wicked ways, turn to Him and live. It’s not his desire for any to perish, but that all come to repentance (Ezekiel 18:23, 2 Peter 3:9). But unless you repent, Betsy, you will perish.

    The war is not superficial, but it’s spiritual. The souls of men and women are at stake and either one is a child of God or a child of satan. Either one is saved or is not saved. And either you’re for God or are against Him.

    “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin, who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

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