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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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Saturday
Feb072009

real love

Handfasting is an ancient Celtic custom, especially common in Ireland and Scotland, in which a man and woman came together at the start of their marriage relationship. Their hands, or more accurately, their wrists, were literally tied together. It became alive to me when I watched 'Braveheart' and the handfasting ceremony took place. It was enlightening. The phrase 'unto you and no other' was exchanged as a promise, vow, covenant. It is what the terms 'assensus, fiduciary, fidelity, and viseo' are all about. Lovers are bound together so that they might always remain by each other's side. So much symbolism. So much depth.

And conversely the faithfulness of Jesus was a deep delight. This is the meaning of the wedding at Cana. The best wine is poured out in the end. It is the wine of Jesus blood of the covenant, the promise kept, the vow honored. Jesus did what Israel in her unfaithfulness did not, or could not, do. God does not delight so much in His (Jesus) death, as he delights in the tremendous resolve of fidelity under an enormous pressure to renounce, fold, capitulate. Jesus did not, he held fast. This is the 'tie that binds'. Who could not love this story.

We are to be one just as He is bound together in One. Two persons as such with a spirit that binds, holds, and bundles their love together.

When God says "I hate divorce," through the prophet Malachi (2:16) he is not speaking from some austere far away objective place. It is personal. He had a beloved.

And there is a reason why God despises divorce. Divorce tears apart all that binds us together, rips apart One. Breaks promise. Annuls covenant. Acts faithlessly. The text here is the prophet Malachi speaking about the faithlessness of Judah. This violation of the covenant, the handfasting, the vow, was a deep sadness in the heart of God. The wounded heart is expressed vividly in Lamentation.

8 Jerusalem has sinned greatly
       and so has become unclean.
       All who honored her despise her,
       for they have seen her nakedness;
       she herself groans
       and turns away.

9 Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
       she did not consider her future.
       Her fall was astounding;
       there was none to comfort her.

The phrasing of 'her filthiness clung to her skirts' breaks the heart. Can anything be more descriptive?

Once again, Hollywood gets it right. It often does.

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