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"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.

 

The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.


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Wednesday
Feb132008

Christianity from the centerpoint outward

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"If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied." 1 Corinthians 15:19

If we had to make choices to think things through and were challenged to boil Christianity down to its most basic essential form what would we express as non-negotiable. To make a stand on one word-one verse-one starting point--what would we choose? On this entry I will explore that topic.

My conviction is that when we begin with what is essential to Christianity and move outward from that point we can be grounded without being trapped. Our story can be compelling without being controlling. It can be futuristic without being anchorless. It can embrace imagination without abandoning clear thinking. When pressed for a non-negotiable that communicates the essence of Christianity the word I begin with is resurrection. If there is no resurrection then we are are amongst all people most pitiful. This is not exaggeration for effect.

Paul sums it up this way..."If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied." 1 Corinthians 15:19.

He goes on to say that if there is no resurrection (think restoration of that which has been tainted or stained which is what resurrection promises outward) then we may as well be as the stoics "eat, drink, and be merry" for tomorrow we die. In other words if there is no hope for a renewed creation of which Chrisst is the downpayment, firstfruits, guarantee then we may as well "go for the gusto", we ought to live for ourselves with little concern for others, we ought to be as satisfied as we can if there is nothing more than this life. To be "Christian" without resurrection in order to be nice or good or noble is such foolishness that we are to be viewed as "people with unrealised potential who wasted their lives on silly imaginations or causes". For an entertaining perception of the essence of pity go to www.youtube.com "She's More to Be Pitied" by Sonvolt.

Go to the navigation section entitled Songs and article at the left for a direct link to the video.

If we begin with resurrection as foundation and move outward scripture is illuminated and Jesus begins to make sense. Paul's letters have continuity and presence. Our lives are directed and we are not shaken by new ideas and other controversies because in the trajectory of God we realise we have little to be overconfident in and as a result little to lose or defend. We become less dogmatic and more inviting. When the table is leveled, those who "knew" they were excluded for whatever reasons are surprised that they may come in. Astonished that the table can be for them.

When we begin at the center and move outward and forward we are less apt to hold onto traditions that don't add up or make sense in an emerging world. So often dogma becomes the unnecessary stumbling block tripping others up. In reality we can become guilty of tying a millstone around their neck or transferring traditions that we can't even keep ourselves. We can be slaves of the code or Pharisees holding the keys so tight. Having keys make us feel as though we own the house. It happened before and it can happen again.

It may be unnerving at times when we used traditions for security but in the end of the very end the vindication of the "emptied" Jesus unveiled is our emancipation as well.

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