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The Thinking Christian

I am a thinking Christian. That is what I am. That is the gift that I have. I am not an Overseer/Elder or a Deacon. I don’t have the qualifications for those roles. I am not a teacher – I have not been formally asked to fill the role of teacher and again, I do not consider myself to be qualified to fill that role anyway. But I think a lot. Because of the makeup of my personality and temperament, I need to anchor myself with a good cognitive foundation – a good understanding, a firm perception and apprehension of basic principles – so that I am orientated, so that I know where I am, and so that I know what direction I am travelling in and what my destination is. I find myself constantly asking questions about Christianity and sometimes I find that the answers that I get are not adequate – so I have to explore the theme for myself, more deeply. So, all being well, I eventually find answers that seem to satisfy the questions that I have asked. Continue reading

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The Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil

The phrase ‘good and evil’ is a figure of speech whereby a pair of opposites actually refer to something that is greater than the parts – as in the phrase ‘they searched high and low’, meaning that they searched everywhere. These figures of speech are called ‘merisms’ and they are a common feature of biblical language. In Genesis 1 the phrase ‘the heavens and the earth’ refers to God’s creation of the whole universe. Similarly, ‘male and female’ constitutes the whole of humanity. ‘Good and evil’ is also a merism. It means ‘any kind of moral quality’ or ‘every moral quality’. The knowledge of good and evil is a Hebrew way of saying ‘the whole scope of moral knowledge; knowledge of all dimensions of morality’. In other words, this is not just ‘head knowledge’ – it is not merely an academic, theoretical, philosophical or doctrinal knowledge of moral categories and distinctions. This knowledge is experiential. It is knowledge of all moral dimensions gained through experience. And this is what God does not want Adam and Eve to know. Continue reading

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Following Jesus versus teaching, doctrine and theology

I sometimes find myself getting a bit annoyed. Many professing Christians that I meet these days seem to say something like: ‘I don’t bother much with doctrine, teaching and labels – I just follow Jesus’. When you are busy studying as I … Continue reading

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