Monday, June 23, 2014

One thing today that worries purely theologically

One thing today that worries purely theologically is that under the influence of mysticism often follows a trent from the "Christ-centered" to "God-centered" . 
This is precisely what the pluralistic theology suggests, that when Christians are encouraged to recognize the religious value in other religions (even in salvation issue). 
The deity at the center becomes extremely abstract. The different religions' images of god are only answers to "god". God is the "ultimate reality", "the ultimate perfection." Just as in certain mysticism becomes unclear whether this god is personal or impersonal. 
The mysticism of this kind is likely to ultimately make us unclear pluralists. When this crucial theological difference is unclear, love is emphasized at the expense of the importance of faith. Love is the basic requirement of a Christian today, not so much to defend the truth of faith. 
Doctrines of faith (dogma) have become mere human words, and thus the relative expression of a reality, which is actually considered to pass all human concepts.

Another example of this "God-centered" may be that many today choose to unilaterally preach “God-centered” from the Gospels about the Kingdom of God rather than Paul's letters of Christ's salvation. It overlooks the fact that the kingdom of God that Jesus preached about was centered around him. His personal claims about this kingdom was considered blasphemous by His surroundings - which did not apply to those who otherwise spoke about the kingdom of god.

In such teo-centered movements there is a risk that Jesus becomes relativized. The road should, instead, like the Jewish Christians, be going from God-centredness to see this God as defined and revealed by Jesus Christ. Jesus is not a symbol or a force without a historical person who lived, died and rose again on a locatable place and time. The special thing about Him is that He is God's normative revelation in history, which can not be repeated.
By the Swedish theologian Per-Axel Sverker translated from part of a Swedish article he wrote called Modern Trends.

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