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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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Thursday
Mar272008

God is a diamond

God is a like a diamond with untold facets. The facets are the faces immeasurable and unseen. Sometimes I wonder if the diamond had a scratch in one facet. I wonder that because Satan makes no sense to me. Is that who Satan is—a scratch of the diamond of the perfect God. Is the scratch now being polished out before our very eyes? Or is he from the underbelly of God like the Mesopotamian goddess Tiamot. So much speculation. Informed guesses I suppose. I imagine it is possible but wouldn’t swear by any of it. But it is not unimportant so I can’t ignore it, indeed it is this scratch or personality, call it what you will that ignites the crisis which precludes the fall. So at the very least it needs to be acknowledged. Somehow if all things emanate from God it is there.

The scripture unveils the faces or facets of God one by one. There’s a progressive unfolding of the character of God. Who He is can be known by looking at the facets of the diamond as they are revealed as the many faces of God. When we see an expression on another’s face we are inclined to wonder or ask, “What happened?” See a teacher on the play ground with a crying child and you can know the question has been asked. Whenever we see the emotion of grief or pain the natural tendency is to inquire of the cause. This is the presumption of this book. Abraham Heschel, an important Jewish theologian, says God is anthropopathic in our understanding. Does God feel stuff? I think scripture says yes, often. An illustration: "And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart." He feels sorrow and grief. How can we read it any other way unless we have been trained to? God has faces; he reveals them and feels them as the story unfolds. The final face is clearly the face of God in the flesh.

And that face has many facets too. We can mine this place, this One face, and never cease to hit gold in God. Always something to know, a new face to see. In Jesus we do just see One face of God, one facet. But it is so much clearer than any other. We can go deepest here and know the core of God when we mine here. Remember through it all the variety of facets God is still—One—One being. Jesus lifts the moisture, some of the mist, yet it still is somewhat foggy. We want to wipe the mirror to see the reflection as best we can. This book is about doing, and I hope does that.

And one day as the story goes we will see him face to face. This will be an unending adventure in discovery. Heaven is in this. We will not face off with God. No protagonist and antagonist. We will be at last at peace—face to face. The sky is clearing as I go. So good- the Lion and the Lamb—and the way of a man and a virgin. So interesting, inviting. Heaven is not just singing all the day long. Unless God is the Song.  

At the risk of outright rejection I want to say that I see the feminine coming out of God as revelation continues. She speaks tenderly and influences or draws out the very best of God. She is in him as Eve was extracted from Adam. She reigns with Him as the queen. And the queen has great power.

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When I was a little boy I learned to play chess. I was a math lover. I came across the values of each piece in the chess game. The King of course is central. Lose him and the game is over. Pawns are one point, bishops and knight three, and the book—ends the castles are worth five. But I was shocked to see the price of the queen. Ten points—more valuable than any other piece. At first I was offended, in this game of war how could she, the woman, the queen, be worth so much. After playing chess for a long time it has become clear. Being married 29 years has made it very clear. Lose the queen and you are in danger of losing the game. She sits beside the king, protects him, loves him, is invaluable in her counsel and really draws him out. When He does things that are offensive and is somewhat oblivious to the effect she draws him aside and they talk. And He adjusts and is somehow so much better. It is in him but must be drawn out.

Kind of like a rib. Actually and surprisingly like a rib for we are most certainly made in the image of God and He is like us and we are like Him. As she comes from man, the feminine comes out of God. Fascinating and true. We are made complete in this (yes, Tom Cruise said it and all women swooned, but for a reason). All of mankind from all time in all places is familiar with this and so it is with God.

To lose her is tragic. God almost did. But in the end of the end of the very ends she is there. She with He, are One and the Kingdom, Camelot I call it, wins the day. And we all go home, to the beautiful garden of peace, together forever. And we look at the diamond that has many facets and we never get bored.

God is a diamond you know.Transcendent and yet immanent to us living in the lower story.

And heaven sounds so much more inviting to me now that I know that.

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