MORE THAN ONE WORLD 7-5-17
Conservative Christians, who abhor the thought of “one world” politically, buy into the “one world” scientifically without thought. It is a huge, anti-biblical mistake.
There is but one world, they agree, the physical, so that means the Bible has to be a book of science, with a cosmology that is different from that of the physicists and astronomers. Because of that grievous and tragic misunderstanding of the Bible and of religious faith, Christians are universally ridiculed and real faith is not even considered. [No, heaven and hell are not separate worlds for conservatives. They are simply extensions of this one physical world.]
The Bible is not a book of science, it is a book of faith, which means it is a book of story and spirit.
The Bible does not buy into the simplistic one physical world of the secular scientists, nor the simplistic one physical world of the conservative Christians. It tells the story of another world, a spirit world.
Make no mistake, Christianity is physical, incarnational, God in Christ in the flesh. Everything about us in this world is physical, including the place in the brain where our religious sentiments are housed. But that place in the brain, those physical atoms, is there to allow us to see beyond the one physical world into the spiritual world.
As a book of spirit, not science, the Bible is our resource.
As CS Lewis reminds us: “You are not a body that has a soul. You are a soul that has a body.”
Yes, I know. I said I would not think or write theologically for a whole year to see if I can be a “real” Christian instead of just a professional Christian. Some days it just doesn’t go very well.