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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
Sep012010

wedge

'Nothing can drive a deeper wedge between two people that the hostility of one towards beliefs held dear by the other.'

The troubler of Israel. That is who he is. This man that can never just leave it alone. Jesus the criminal, the exiled, the example, handled and hung outside the gates of community. There one might say is where he get his just desserts. Citizens wag their tongue and shake their head. Such a waste of a passionate man. Why does he always push the envelope? Why does he say these things that He knows will stir trouble?

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

He is pounding the wedge down, creating the inevitable conflict, causing a divide with these caustic words towards the customs of the people. Splitting wood. He is relentless, unrestrained. Dividing our homes with His little talks. 'Sermon on the Mount'. 'Sermon' my eye. Who ordained this man's words? No one. How dare he speak as though he has some right or authority among the people. This imposter. He is out of line. It is time someone deal with him. We will stand for what is right. We will stop this radical from troubling us.

Aftermath

And now it is over. There he hangs. What an awful waste of potential. Such a pity.

As for the exile. He brought this end on Himself. He really should have backed off and been quiet. He just wouldn't let it go. We tried to warn Him. He ate of the tree he now hangs on. That cross is deadwood. It will never bear fruit again. It is barren. We will not eat of this tree. We are not like Adam that we should be fooled. We will not sit down at the table with this person. We will not make a home and tabernacle with Him.

It is finished. Done. A fading memory that will leave no trace.

'But I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me,'saying , Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.'

The tree that bore the wood he hung upon was dead. Split. And the wedge ripped the massive curtain in the holy of holies like the head of an arrow splitting wood. And the house became divided. In the end the words He spoke were true. Peace didn't come to the nation when the troubler was eliminated. The sword came and split their temple in two. He who lives by the sword truly does die by the sword. This web they weave will entangled them all. Jerusalem as they know it will fall in their lifetime.

Their hostility brought this upon themselves. It was like Haman's gallows all over again. They shouldn't have killed the tree and made it into a weapon of destruction. This is where Israel would die. On their own work. Did you happen to notice the fig tree when you came inside the city? It has withered away.  Nothing but barrenness. They have brought the sword down on their own head. The fig tree will bear no more fruit. Irony.

They have brought the curse on themselves. And exile is coming to their beautiful city. It will become desolate. They will be just like Adam again, east of Eden, exiled in a new 'babylon'.

It really is such a pity.

Because they are the 'one' and He is the 'other' and there is 'Nothing can drive a deeper wedge between two people that the hostility of one towards beliefs held dear by the other.'

 

 

 

 

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