more about this sight

"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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Tuesday
May172011

poetic death and the rescue of God

'Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.'

"For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again."~ 2 Samuel 14:14~

 

So many times we take these type verses and apply them to us in the judicial/acquittal penal substitutionary atonement. It is about what Jesus did for us. We are the banished ones. We are redeemed. And while that may be true it is 'as a result of' something else which is of primary importance (1 Cor 15).

Another way (which I believe is more consistent with story and scripture) is to view this type verse in respect to what God DOES for Jesus because of what Jesus did for God. He finds a way in the prestige (see purest white magic) to recover the banished one symbolized in all the crucifixion portrays. The betrayal, rejection, mockery, the walk outside the city of God, and the final cry of 'My God, why hast thou forsaken me' ending with a final breath are all in line with banishment. But God performs the trick, the impossible, the prestige. The dove reappears, comes back, only to ascend again. Jesus who is banished in death, is recovered, resurrected is a fitting word, by his faith which was proven by his faithfulness.

This is the Christos Victus understanding of the atonement. It is the moment when God turns the tables on the enemy. Christ defeats the underpinning of Satan. The Leviathan which roams the deep waters where we plunge into chaos is slain forever more. Death did not win...betrayal and upheaval did not rule. In one glorious moment death is swallowed up in victory.

This is the Biblical story. A mystery. A surprise. A laugh that was not funny. Because the impossible does happen. The water which is poured out is gathered again. What is impossible has happened.

The sad refrain of 'Oh, Absalom, Absalom' in the end is reversed. 'If only I had died instead of you' is granted. The final scene of Pretty Woman is enacted. Fathfulness wins because 'you jump, I jump' is the type of bond Yahweh and Jesus have for one another. That covenant hand fastening type of love Braveheart portrays--is in the midst of the trinity. Love wins. God wins. Andy Dufrense wins. Jesus is the exodus event reenacted. This is the story told in so many ways again and again.


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