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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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Tuesday
May172011

what makes Jesus so special?

2 “Rebuke your mother, rebuke her,
   for she is not my wife,
   and I am not her husband.
Let her remove the adulterous look from her face
   and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
3 Otherwise I will strip her naked
   and make her as bare as on the day she was born;
I will make her like a desert,
   turn her into a parched land,
   and slay her with thirst.
4 I will not show my love to her children,
   because they are the children of adultery.
5 Their mother has been unfaithful
   and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
   who give me my food and my water,
   my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’
6Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;
   I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.
7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
   she will look for them but not find them.
Then she will say,
   ‘I will go back to my husband as at first,
   for then I was better off than now.’
8 She has not acknowledged that I was the one
   who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,
who lavished on her the silver and gold—
   which they used for Baal.  9 “Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens,
   and my new wine when it is ready.
I will take back my wool and my linen,
   intended to cover her naked body.
10 So now I will expose her lewdness
   before the eyes of her lovers;
   no one will take her out of my hands.
11 I will stop all her celebrations:
   her yearly festivals, her New Moons,
   her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals.
12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees,
   which she said were her pay from her lovers;

Deborah Kay Harwood. What is special about Deborah Kay Harwood. This is. She is my wife, my beloved, the apple of my eye, my chosen one, my One and only. I am one person with one story and it is a very particular story. I have one wife a very particular wife. I may love women. I may have appreciation and even desire to be with other women. But in the end this works against the intent of love. Love to really be complete full, must be love of one which involves things like forgiveness, understanding, sacrifice. When push comes to shove and it inevitably does we chose our own to prefer. A wild old sage coach once said 'If you want to know how a kid did in the football game ask his mother...she'll know cause she has watched him every play'. She may love all the guys playing but you can bet the farm that she pays special attention to her own. It is natural right and good. In fact there is no other way. She is not exclusive in her love but when it comes down to it she is particular towards her own. She isn't exclusive in her ability to love but loves finds its deepest recess in the heart of particularity. Particular means just that. I have but one life and love to be love at all must include loyalty, longsuffering, trust, memory. All of these must be present for love to be complete. They can only exist in a particular love.

We rail against exclusivity, in terms of race, creed color, religion, nationality, etc. and that is all right. Fairness is of great value. A level playing fied is the best way to go. we should stand for equality, respect, and understanding. We should not be exclusive but we are created to know love in its deepest form. And deep love is special. I believe God is not exclusive...but He is very particular He has One story that is revealed. He has one 'wife'.  He is One and He has one beloved whom he chose. He doesn't dislike other 'women' i.e. nations...but He as 'One' chose one. He name is Israel and all her children were His children. But she became a whore. A Gomer like figure. She broke the covenant of One ness. She lay with other ones. So God was faced with a crisis. What do you do with a 'girl like Maria'? How do you keep the covenant you made.

You send a prophet to call Israel back. You send Jesus. You entreat the children to 'cry out against your mother' just as Hosea had written so long ago. And if they don't respond to this prophet, this One, then curse the fig tree, let it die. What is special about Jesus. He saw Himself as Israel reconstituted. He went so far as to say this at the final supper of Passover. He declared it in so many ways. I Am the temple, the bread of life, the way, the shepherd, the One. Why did Jesus see himself as Israel born anew? Because He was. He was calling all the Gomerlike nation back. He was wooing Israel to return. And when they wouldn't become Israel as God had intended Israel to be. Faithful and true. Then God remade her. Established Jesus as the true Israel. And the covenant was ratified. When Jesus died (think of the sleep of Abraham at the initiation of the covenant in Genesis 15 where God 'cuts' a promise with Abraham) the female portion of the covenant was upheld. When 'God' died the male portion of the covenant was upheld. So Jesus saved God and God saved Jesus. They raised one another up. And Jesus is that One.

What is so special about Jesus and his death. I mean thousands of people were crucified in the Roman regime. The answer is this...Jesus is God's one and only beloved. Jesus is God particular beloved, the apple of His eye, His chosen.

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