6-11-17 From Pentecost to Here (part 2)

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Sermon Notes:  (disclaimer – these are my pulpit notes, so they may seem sparse, but may be of some benefit)

LAST WEEK – I SPENT LOT TIME GOING THROUGH CHURCH HISTORY

WHY? WHY SHOULD IT MATTER TO US – HOW DOES IT HELP US BE GOOD HUSBAND, GOOD FATHER, BE GOOD FARMER, BUSINESS?

OUR VIEW OF OUR PLACE IN GOD’S PLAN, OUR VIEW OF GOD, THE WAY WE THINK HE DEALS WITH US – THESE VIEWS DRAMATICALLY EFFECT HOW WE FATHER, DO BUSINESS, GO ABOUT LIVES

VERY SAD EXAMPLE: JEPTHAH – Judges 10:10 And the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!”

Judges 11:1 Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot;

Judges 11:29  Then the Spirit of the LORD… and from Mizpah he advanced toward the people of Ammon. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, “If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.” 32  So Jephthah advanced toward the people of Ammon to fight against them, and the LORD delivered them into his hands and he defeated them…  34  When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child.

35  And when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low!  For I have given my word to the LORD, and I cannot go back on it.”  36  So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the LORD, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon.”  37  Then she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I.”

39  And it was so at the end of two months that she returned to her father, and he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed.

WHY WOULD HE MAKE SUCH A VOW? SERVED BAALS – GODS OF APPEASEMENT – JUMP THOUGH ALL KINDS HOOPS TO APPEASE, GET THEM TO LIKE, NOT ANGRY – FAVOR, HELP     FOR CROPS, FOR HEALTH, PROTECTION, VICTORY

HOLY SPIRIT ALREADY ON HIM – WHY VICTORY? ANSER TO PRAYER, DIDN’T REALIZE!  MISUNDERSTOOD – THOUGHT GOD HELPED BECAUSE VOW, RATHER THAN JUST BECAUSE WAS LOVING FATHER, ANSWERING CRY OF PEOPLE FOR HELP

RATHER THAN REPENT OF A FOOLISH VOW – THOUGHT GOD BE ANGRIER NOT KEEPING VOW THAN KILLING DAUGHTER – WHAT A VIEW OF GOD!

THIS IS WHY I AM PASSIONATE THAT WE STEP BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT OUR VIEW GOD!

EAST WEST – WORLDVIEW – WEST – SALVATION – CROSS – JESUS SENT TO APPEASE FATHER

IN WEST VIEW GOD – ROMANIZED:  LEGAL TERMS – GUILT, JUDGEMENT, CONDEMNATION

GIVEN US VIEW SALVATION = REMOVING GUILT

2 VIEWS GOD REGARDING SALVATION – CAN SAVE ALL, CHOOSES NOT TO, WANTS TO, CAN’T

SCRIPTURAL PROBLEMS BOTH! TAKE ½ TRUTH MAKE WHOLE TRUTH = MAJOR WHOLES

EAST VERY DIFFERENT FOCUS:

The Ancient Church taught that knowledge of God [eternal life] comes only through the noetic science of the heart. From the standpoint of Orthodox theology, the mind and logic are not the same thing, since logic functions within the brain, while the mind functions within the heart. Thus, the noetic faculty of the heart is the energy of the mind inside the heart. This important distinction results in the Eastern Church seeing herself not as a religious institution, but rather a hospital of the soul, wherein one comes for therapeutic procedures that restore the health of the soul, and allow for the ultimate goal of union with God (theosis).

Our mishandling of the memory of God [fallen mind] that led to the fall, is now corrected and reactivated through the healing of the “nous” (the eye of the soul), and that memory is restored. This healing is not of a juridical nature whereby an angry God has decided to overlook the guilt and fallen nature of our souls by the bloodletting of His Son, but by the cleansing of the nous that has been darkened, restoring us to health and wholeness. The memory of God is thus restored, and we are again in full communion with the Most High, freed from the permanency of death by the trampling down of the power of death through Christ’s Holy Resurrection.

WESTERN VIEWPOINT – MAIN PROBLEM IS LEGAL – GUILT FROM SIN

EASTERN VIEPOINT – MAIN PROBLEM IS FALLEN MIND, DARKENED SOUL, NOT SEE

JUST LIKE SCIENCE – THERE IS A PROBLEM AT CORE – NEW GENERATION – BIOLOGISTS, ASTRONOMERS, GEOLOGISTS – GOOD SCIENCE – NOT ACCEPTING BROKEN

SAME IN AREA BIBLE STUDY – GENERATION DOING REALLY GOOD RESEARCH,

NT WRIGHT – VERY GOOD EXPLANATION PRBLEMS WESTERN EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTLSM

NOT TALKING ABOUT A LIBERAL ECUMENSIM – THROW IT ALL OUT, GOD IS NICE

REALLY EXAMINING – RESTOARATION UNDERSTANDING – FULL PICTURE GOD

LIKE SAID LAST WEEK – TAKE ½ TRUTH, MAKE WHOLE TRUTH – MAJOR HOLES IN BUCKET

LIKE JEPTHAH – SACRIFICING RELATIONSHIPS, MENTAL HEALTH, PEACE, MARRIAGES

– ALTARS FUNDAMENTALISM – HAS SOME SIGNIFICANT HOLES – HUMBLE LOOK!

OUR INNER EYE – BEHOLDER – WHY NOT SEE:

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.  1 Corinthians 13:12

WE = US!  CHRISTIANS!  PAUL WRITING NEW TETAMENT INCLUDED HIMSELF!

HELPS Word-studies – 2072 ésoptron – a metallic mirror (not made of glass). Ancient mirrors (merely made of polished metal) only produced an indistinct image (reflection). So, to get an accurate picture (reflection) the viewer had to look from several different angles (“standpoints”). This has profound implications in “doing theology”!

DIMLY =  ainigma   a riddle, an enigma

BEHOLD – 3708. horaó : to see, perceive, look upon, experience, discern, beware.

HELPS Word-studies:   horáo – properly, see, often with metaphorical meaning: “to see with the mind” (i.e. spiritually see), i.e. perceive (with inward spiritual perception).

GOD MADE IT WHERE WE NEED EACH OTHER – LIKE BROTHERS SISTERS NOT SPEAKING

RECENTLY IN ROOM ELDERLY WOMAN PASSING AWAY – ADULT CHILDREN BEEN NOT SPEAKING DECADES – CAME TOGETHER, TALKING, PLEASANT, ACTUALLY ENJOYING BEING TOGETHER

THEIR MOTHER, SO WEAK, HUNG DAYS – WHY? CONVINCED SHE JUST ENJOYING THEM ALL TOGETHER

6-4-17 From Pentecost to Here (part 1)

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FROM PENTECOST TO HERE

 ‘YOU ARE HERE’ – AIRPORT – GOING TO NEXT GATE – NEED TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE

THE CHURCH WAS ORIGINALLY ‘THE WAY’

BUT NOW – TENS THOUSANDS OF DENOMINATIONS – EVERY SINGLE ONE – “WE ARE THE TRUE CHURCH1”

‘WE HAVE IT RIGHT?’ – WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT WE JUST HAPPEN TO BE THE ONES?

OR COULD BE WE JUST LIKE ALL THEM – HAVE BLINDNESS TO OUR OWN ERROR?

EASY SEE OTHERS ERRORS – ALOMST IMPOSSIBLE SEE OWN

WE WEST – DO NOT SEE HOW MUCH BEEN INFLUENCED BY LATIN, ROMANIZED LENS

Romanizing the Jesus Movement, Dr. Pryor is founder of the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies

This commentary was first published in the February 2010 issue of The Jerusalem Post Christian Edition

WHAT TODAY is called “Christianity” actually began as a messianic movement within Judaism, which was especially diverse and vibrant in the First Century.

From its inception, the Jesus movement was thoroughly Jewish in its composition and culture. The Rabbi from Nazareth taught in the manner of other Jewish sages, but with uncommon authority and unprecedented claims of Divine identity. Like other esteemed teachers, he raised up many disciples, all of whom were Jewish. He taught them from the Torah and Prophets, never undermining or “abolishing” the Word of God, but filling it fuller with sound interpretation and spiritual implications.

In subsequent centuries, however, the Hebraic foundations of the Gospel in the West were eroded or even excised under the weight of the prevailing Roman worldview. Some of the shifts were seismic, others were more subtle, but together their influence reverberates upon the Christian mind even today.

FOR EXAMPLE, by the end of the Fourth Century, the emperors Constantine and Theodosis had wed the church to the Roman Empire. What began as a persecuted minority sect metamorphosed into a persecuting majority, a triumphalistic State religion concerned more with worldly power than fidelity to the Kingdom of the gospels.

Theological shifts occurred as well. Preoccupation with the individual and the soul’s place in the afterlife displaced the Hebraic orientation of creating a new humanity, a renewed covenant community of people, reconciled to God and one another in love.

The multiple images of atonement found in the New Testament, all drawn from the Hebrew Bible – such as sacrifice, conflict and victory over evil, ransom and redemption, reconciliation, and adoption into a family – gave way to doctrinal “theories of atonement.” Justification and a juridical view of salvation began to dominate, conceived more in categories of retributive Roman law than the relational context of a Torah given in grace. Satisfying Divine justice via penal substitution (Christ dying in our stead) suited the West’s preoccupation with guilt that prevailed from the time of Augustine and his doctrine of Original Sin (in which all stand guilty from birth for Adam’s transgression).

Y/H/W/H, Israel’s gracious God, became re-imaged in the popular mind after the likeness of Greco-Roman deities whose anger had to be appeased.

 

EAST WEST DIVISION – ARE SO AFFECTED – LATIN TRANSLATION REFLECTED MORE THE PREVAILING IMPERIALISTIC THEOLOGY

NT WRIGHT – THE DAY THE REVOLUTION BEGAN – NEW BOOK DETAILING THE WAY THE EARLY CHURCH VIEWED WHAT JESUS DID ON THE CROSS – NOT SAME WAY WE TAUGHT

  ANOTHER EXAMPLE: DIFFERENCE!

There is an important distinction that must be noted concerning the difference between the Western and Eastern understands of how we come to know God. The scholastic approach that places emphasis on the use of logic and reason in the acquisition of the knowledge of God, as seen in the teachings of Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas, is unknown in the East.

The Ancient Church taught that knowledge of God comes only through the noetic science of the heart. From the standpoint of Orthodox theology, the mind and logic are not the same thing, since logic functions within the brain, while the mind functions within the heart. This important distinction results in the Eastern Church seeing herself not as a religious institution, but rather a hospital of the soul, wherein one comes for therapeutic procedures that restore the health of the soul, and allow for the ultimate goal of union with God (theosis).

EARLY CHURCH FATHERS – KNEW GREEK – SPOKE SOMETHING WE NEVER HEARD OF:

“At the heart of the Patristic doctrine of the Holy Trinity is theosis — the transformation of the human being in the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

Gregory understood Christian salvation in terms of the larger idea of theosis, the transforming participation in the being and life of God.

The primacy of theosis in Eastern Christian theology is directly related to the fact that Eastern Christian theology is based on the direct spiritual insights of the saints or mystics of the church.  Romanized theology was based to a greater extent on the apparently more rational, judicial thought tradition of the West.

Eastern Christians consider that “no one who does not follow the path of union with God can be a theologian” in the proper sense.

CHANGED VERY WORD MEANINGS OVER CENTURIES:  The words of Christ regarding ‘eonian’ read very differently if interpreted as meaning “of the future age.” But apparently at some point in the Greek-speaking world, the original meaning of aionion was lost and the word almost exclusively came to mean eternal. It should also be noted that when St Jerome translated the New Testament into Latin, he used the word æternum to render aionion. Western Christians never had a chance.

 1 Corinthians 2:3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

6 Yet among the mature (perfected) we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory… 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit… 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. (Or ‘in spiritual language’)

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 3:1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife ( a readiness to quarrel (having a contentious spirit), affection for dispute) IN you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human (FLESHLY)?