”God is the abstraction of an idea by which we orient ourselves to create a functional society.” * Dr. Michael W. Jones If we accept this definition of God, even if only for the purpose of the intellectual exercise of it, then God is the abstraction of an idea, as opposed to an objective ontological singularity, meaning God is simply whatever idea you have abstracted. To simplify, God is the representation of the idea, and the idea is one “towards which we orient ourselves to create a functional society.” So the question is, what is the idea towards which we orient ourselves to create a functional society? The point of this exercise is to ask, What idea do we have that we think is the thing that creates a functional society? Law Orientation If we orient ourselves towards law, and the enforcement of the law as a means to create a… Read moreWhat Makes a Functional Society?
If I was God I would make a world that was perfect in every way. It wouldn’t be without differences or without challenges, for how then would we learn from each other and work together towards common goals? No. I would make a world that is perfect instead. It wouldn’t be without limitations or shortcomings, for how then would we need each other or support each other? No. I would make a world that is perfect instead. It wouldn’t be without hurt or grief, for how then would we heal each other, and comfort one another? No. I would make a world that is perfect instead. It wouldn’t be without broken families, for how then would we make families that transcend the boundaries of genetics and race? No. I would make a world that is perfect instead. It wouldn’t be without hunger or lack, for how then can we outstretch… Read morePerfect World
I suppose this claim will automatically get me branded as promoting a “crossless gospel,” but my contention is that there is no such thing as a “crossless gospel”. It does not, nor can it exist. It’s a logical impossibility. The only way for there to be a “crossless gospel” is to uncrucify Christ. Since this is impossible, you cannot have a “crossless gospel.” It’s a ridiculous derisive term invented by what I call “Doctrinal Purity Turn-Or-Burn” cults. These are sects of Christianity where the key to being “saved,” whatever that means, is a strict adherence to any number of key doctrines. One sect says that you must know and believe that Jesus died for your sins, and another says you must know and believe that Jesus died for your sins AND that you can never lose your salvation. These are just two variants of the seemingly limitless number of varieties… Read moreThere is No Crossless Gospel
For an excellent in depth study of the Book of Hebrews, I recommend copying the following playlist and downloading all the linked audio files. The teachings are from Paul White Ministries, and I have taken the time to organize a playlist from the audio freely available from his website. This is a 30 hour detailed, verse by verse study on the Book of Hebrews. It is well worth the time to listen to the study and learn about the allure of returning to a familiar religion in the face of persecution. There will likely be many new understandings that you will receive from this set of teachings. All links will open in this window/tab unless you CTRL + Click to open in a new tab or SHIFT + Click to open in a new window or Right Click (long press on mobile) and select to open in new tab. 2_19_14_Hebrews:… Read moreBook of Hebrews In Depth Study