“Ladies and gentlemen, if you will direct your attention to the left side windows, you will see that we have arrived at Camp All Things are New…”
“Christian theology is not particularly difficult to understand. Its precepts and premises are fairly simple, it was given to “regular” guys to share with the world, and they did it. Yes, of course they had a lot of help from the Holy Spirit, but then so do we. Yet we love to argue, follow tradition and form to avoid spiritual growth and reaching out, because they are counter-intuitive, and the fact that they are counter-intuitive is exactly the point of all things being new, for our human intuition isn’t new, it’s the old thing that Jesus died to free us from.”
Earlier today, we finally got started on out journey, our road trip of checking into my little theory, when we looked at the idea of “intuitive versus Counter-Intuitive. If you missed it, you might want to scroll back one post before you continue…
Now, all things are new. I really don’t think you need Bible citations for this post, because I have the sense that my awesome readers are familiar with this concept. Of course if you want some, just let me know. We know that the New Testament is full of the idea of things like “born again,” “dying with Christ” new life, regeneration, transformation, being dead to sin and so on. Being familiar with these ideas as generally accepted Christian concepts and teachings, we should be able at this point to draw a distinction between what is typical human intuition or human nature, as opposed to the counter-intuitive teachings of Christ as we discussed earlier. If that is true, and I believe that most of you will agree that it is, then what shall we say about it?
All things are new in Christ. The old is gone, the new is here… NOW. That’s what we can say about it.
So then, why do we insist on clinging to the old?
Now dear reader, I am sorely tempted to stop typing right now, in this place and just leave that question hanging, I really am. What more is there to say? That is the point, after all, but there’s a nagging little voice in the back of my brain that says I’d better explain…
Sadly, not all things in life are simply rational, and let’s face it, some people have an easier time responding to logic than others. I’m probably one of those, since I can accept a logical explanation and be done with most emotional things, while many others can’t quite let go so easily. I don’t know if my personality is better or worse in this regard than someone else’s of course. More likely we each have our strengths and weaknesses. Bridging the gap between what may be logically obvious and how a person feels about it is where relationship enters the picture. For our purposes, the relational aspect of following Jesus is the reaching out I wrote about a little ways back. Many of us just assume that “newness” is something still off in the future, but that isn’t always quite right.
To be born again in Christ makes things new right now. Most of you know the verses I’ve referred to above sort of vaguely, go back and take a look at them again. Notice the grammar. Notice the tense of the grammar: present tense. A few posts back I used 1 John 1:9 about forgiveness of sins: present tense. I realize that there are many who question these things because they don’t always quite believe or feel that they are forgiven, but they are. I don’t want to make light of this in any way, and we will get to a place further on in our journey where we examine these things more closely. At this stop, the goal is to just understand that all things are new, even though it may be counter-intuitive to fully accept that.
I think that this might be enough for one day, so we’ll head to the hotel now. Tomorrow morning, let’s go and take a look at “Christian theology.” Yes, if you noticed that we are looking at our theory from back to front, you’d be quite right; often that makes things easier to see.