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The Lost Codex – N.T. Wright Edition

by Dave on February 26, 2011

in General, Theology

I have N.T. Wright’s Paul In Fresh Perspective, audio version, and I have been through it more than 5 times.  Tom Wright is my favorite theologian and he has done so much to expand and explain the Christian faith.

One of the most revolutionary things about Bishop Wright’s discussion of Jesus is how he frames up the gospel.  So here it is, the short gospel per N.T. Wright, I love it.

The good news is that the covenant had been fulfilled and that new creation had begun.  The great apocalypse had occurred revealing Jesus as Israel’s Messiah.  Jesus was, therefore, Lord of the world and Caesar was not.

N.T. Wright, Paul In Fresh Perspective

Dave

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The Lost Codex – Corinthians Edition

by Dave on December 9, 2010

in General, Theology

As you know, the name of this site comes from my assertion that the Gospel as it was taught to the first century people has been lost in the current Christian Church.  Well, as it turns out the Gospel is right in the bible here it is, 1 Corinthians15:

15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. 15:3 For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 15:4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 15:7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 15:8 Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 15:11 Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.

15:12 Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. 15:15 Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality he did not raise him, if indeed the dead are not raised. 15:16 For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. 15:18 Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. 15:19 For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.

15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 15:21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. 15:22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to him. 15:24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 15:26 The last enemy to be eliminated is death. 15:27 For he has put everything in subjection under his feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the one who put everything in subjection to him. 15:28 And when all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.

Why did I spend so much time trying to say it myself?

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The Lost Codex – Version 2

by Dave on June 30, 2010

in Theology

I have spent some time in looking at the V1.o of the Lost Codex and realize a couple things I would like to correct.  First, here is the existing LC.

Everyone!  As your fathers and the prophets have promised, I have come make everything right between you and God.  I have come to tell you of a new way of life that was promised by God.  I am here to be the leader of the world.  Rejoice, for I am ushering in the Kingdom of God which is available to you here and now.  This Kingdom of God has two commands.  First, love God with all you have and second, love your neighbor as yourself.  That’s it!  It is simple!  Believe that it truly is THE WAY!  If you believe that this really is The Way, you will have the opportunity to live a life of the ages.  A life that is the way that Yahweh always wanted you and all people to live.

The problem I have with this is that the  beginning points to much toward Jesus himself and not enough toward the effect of his existence.  I think he would say something much more like the new V2.0 here:

Everyone! As your fathers and prophets have promised, God has overcome everything that holds you back in your holiness and fulfillment in life. He has shown that the religions of man, the empires of man and death itself are no match for him. He has resurrected me after the religion condemned me, the government sentenced me and death was with me for three days.

In doing this, God has shown that my love for all of you is the true way of God. I am the first person to now be fully in this new Kingdom of God and you too can participate in it before the end of time. All you have to do is Love God and Love Each Other. That’s it! It is simple! Believe that it truly is THE WAY! If you believe that this really is The Way, you will have the opportunity to live a life of the ages. A life that is the way that Yahweh always wanted you and all people to live.

This puts God as the action agent in Jesus resurrection. Yes, Jesus overcame death, but is it wrong to say that God resurrected him? I am starting to think that the way it happened is by God. But then again, three persons in one God creates an odd dynamic in this.

If you have thoughts about this, then let me know

Dave

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Lost Codex – Loose Ends

by Dave on June 24, 2010

in Theology

In addition to the conversation (or monologue) I am posting on Paul and his letter to the Romans, I routinely play with the good people over at the Jesus Creed.  In the past couple days they have been discussing:

Christ and the Dragons - James Emery White thinks evangelicalism is teetering over a precipice, and his new book — Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges — probes topics that are in need of serious discussion.

This discussion helped me advance a couple of ideas that I have been tossing around lately.  The first, is the idea of what the gospel is in Christianity.  I posted the same gospel that I wrote in my Romans Part 3 thread and also the following:

This all ties in together with the natural theology conversation of the other thread. Jesus knows we are human and that we will fall short of always loving God and Other. He tells us that sinning against God and Him is forgivable, because all will. However, as is in natural theology, it should be obvious to people that there is a right and wrong and you need to do the right thing. Jesus did us the favor of telling us this (the right thing is to love God and the Other). But the eternal sin is not the sin of Adam, the eternal sin, the unforgivable sin is the sin where you know right from wrong and do not do what is right. Where the Holy Spirit has guided you to knowing in your heart and you believe what is right and you choose to do wrong. That is the unforgivable sin. So in that vein God does not judge us, we judge ourselves by our own choosing.

I realize this is simplistic, but I can’t help but think that it has to be that simple. God does not save the smart, the educated (the rich), the well read, but the meek, the humble, the not so smart…

Dave

The natural theology that I am talking about in the quote above relates to where we are going in the letter of Paul to the Romans.  I will be discussing that in more detail as we get to verse 18 and beyond in Chapter 1.

I also hope to write more about the eternal sin in future posts.  The eternal sin is to sin against the Holy Spirit….

I have been wondering why we all must make the message of Jesus so tremendously complicated.  So I have been trying to come up with a principle that could be used in our reading of the bible that would be similar to the cosmological principlethat is used in trying to figure out our place in the universe.  The cosmological principle pretty much states that we are not in a unique place or time in our existence here on earth.  By adopting that principle we are able to realize that the earth is not the center of the solar system, or our sun the center of the universe, or our galaxy the center of the universe.  Instead, it makes us be humble.  It makes us look against our human nature and strive to realize that it really is not all about us.

So I have come up with my first cut at the equivalent of a cosmological principle for Christianity.

The gospel must be simple.

So there it is.

I am pretty sure that I am going to make a new page on this site that will contain The Lost Codex.  It is the gospel and teachings of Christianity, as best as I can render them, and I will update this over time.

Dave

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