Too often we think we have it all figured out. I know I used to think so. Then I realized that everything I believed in was itself the result of a worldview that was in large measure foreign to Jesus and Scripture.
After years of following Christ, I realized that my God had been placed into a box. It was a nice box. I had made it just for Him. And it had everything He needed. There was only one problem. God doesn’t fit in boxes. We might. But He doesn’t. This was quite a shock for me.
Understanding this was actually quite liberating! I soon learned to become okay with it. God, after all, transcends everything. So why should I expect that He could fit in my box?
Unfortunately, many Christians have merely accept the theology of the day. What is in vogue. They are ignorant of history. Ignorant of the assumptions that lie behind their theology. Yet, they hold to it. Tenaciously. Sometimes viciously. Yet, the theology of the day is very much the product of our worldview, which itself is the product of our cultural worldview. It is when this theology of the day becomes detached from the worldview of Scripture and even the worldview of the historic church that we must begin to tread lightly.
But herein lies one of the problems with the contemporary Church. The modernist worldview tells us that we have absolute certainty in many matters. So, now, instead of treading lightly, we begin to assert matters with even more fierceness. Now we know everything that needs to be known! And we end up with the creation of a monolithic structure of dogma that must be adhere to without question. Even love crumbles under its weight!
So what we hope to do through this website is to explore questions of truth and theology in order to determine what the biblical worldview was and how this affects our understanding today. We will attempt to do so all the while cognizant of the encroachment of secular ideologies: e.g., modernism and postmodernism—for we know that we can never escape fully escape them.
Now we understand that this is where we may find opposition. The fact is that many of us are comfortable with our current beliefs. We have come to embrace them and we have learned to live within the framework that has been established by them. And we don’t like change. Change is uncomfortable. Change brings in the unknown and the uncertain. So we immediately withdraw and either refuse to engage in the search for truth, or we reject any supposition that doesn’t fit neatly into our conceptions.
But as Christians we must tread carefully.
We are primarily concerned with matters of biblical interpretation and eschatology. Why eschatology? Because we believe that too many evangelical Christians have accepted a worldview related to the end-times that fails to adequately account for the mission of God in Scripture—and our role in that mission.
Our primary exploration will be in the areas of:
Jesus in Scripture
Understanding the OT in the NT
Getting back to a biblical worldview
Eschatology, Mission, and Justice
Kingdom of God
Justice and the people of God
Understanding the End-Times
Eschatology and the Temple
Christianity in the Middle East
Christians and the Israel/Palestine conflict
Understanding the Conflict
What is the Church’s role?
Israel and the Land
Israel and Prophecy