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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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So much of the tenants of the Christian faith that I have been given make little sense to me. We say God is in control but cannot understand why such a God would arbitrarily cause harm to befall people. Particularly children. Why should their life be 'cut short'?

But we respect God and are careful not to say much. It seems better to let sleeping dogs lie. We make arguments to help ease the disappointment. We make excuse for Him. We say He is good but sometimes we really doubt it. Of course that is really dangerous because this 'good' God is prone to vengeance and knows if we have been bad or good so we watch what we say. We hope to appease Him, we hope we can escape His gaze when He seems to cast a glance our way. We may see the islanders in the movie King Kong as ignorant for sacrificing to Kong but we are really a bit like them. He is powerful, we are a bit unsure, and a bit uneasy. So we walk on egg-shells whistling all the while. We are really trying to fool everyone including ourself.

We live in a confusing relationship with God. And we comfort ourselves with 'God's thoughts are not our thoughts', a scripture we have certainly over used in a wrong sort of way. Given these 'tenents' or 'belief systems' of the faith was making it harder for me to defend this God we had created. It started to make me wonder.

I began to ask; Are we living in the right story? Have we misconstrued God and His book? I needed to know because whistling in the dark wasn't working for me anymore. So I began to think differently. At first I thought it risky, then fanciful, then arrogant, and so on. I lost more than a few friends about this. I like the little phrase from Rich Mullins song 'Elijah' that says 'people been talkin, they say their worried about my soul' because I think I know what that feels like. When you begin to think out of the box people get antsy.

But after a long period it began to emerge.

I began to find a new understanding, a new view. I still believe that the Bible is the story of God's commitment to show us 'the way'. But not the way that we might think. The way has to do with getting back to the garden. Essentially that is what we really need whether we are aware of it or not. We don't need to be good, which is a major emphasis of religion that aims to appease the sovereign, in order to know God or be with God. Good has its place and is, well, good, but it isn't going to stay the reaper. Good isn't going to save anyone from anything. Even the best people die. Some die because of their goodness. And we entomb them, or burn them, or put them out to sea, or, if you are from my tribe you put them in the ground to decompose. You lock them in a vault so that you don't have to see the ugly work of temporal. The inevitable decay of dust to dust is something we don't want to see.

Which is a good place to begin.

At the very most heart of us we really crave eternity. We long for a 'happily ever after'. We long to be eternal. But what we know is death.

We are left to our own on this earth temporal. It feels as if are destined to dust. We have tasted of a fall, the fall, and cannot find our way back home. We are lost and the clock is ticking. It can expire at any moment for any one of us. We are in the woods and daylight is escaping. Darkness is on the way. Don't ask for whom the bell tolls lest it be for you. And we scramble in the woods all the while hearing the tick-tock.

It is no way to live. We are in a race to find a way. I was in need of answers. So I developed a theory. That's really all we have being subjective and all. But the theory took on a new life, a new perspective that filled in holes. It has to do with the why of the Bible and the unfolding of the mystery therein. Eternal is what we need. One that is for of life with a good God we can really trust and feel safe with. The fall has made us hide from Kong for too long. We need to get back to the garden.

Perhaps we have some vague notion of what that once was. Somewhere a long time ago in a galaxy far away it was different. I think we instinctivly know this. Somewhere in our consciousness we are aware of 'never ending'. Somewhere over the rainbow there is life.


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