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     Introduction to Theology


EXCERPT: short version (see below for the extended excerpt)


Creation

CREATION

It is argued that monotheism is the golden mean, the happy medium, without a compromise on either the right or the left and therefore the truth. Away from the truth you can go down on the right into mysticism, pantheism and polytheism. A more or less internal journey into the soul and the spirit. On the left you veer off into rationalism, materialism (more or less agnostic) and atheism. An external journey into the mind and the body. At the bottom one finds oneself in blatant enmity towards God (forms of satanism).

Revelation

REVELATION

If a Creator loves His creatures, then He would reveal Himself to us. This He did in the Bible. Unlike the Koran Scripture has not been entirely dictated. It is a miracle with a divine and human side in which every verse has been inspired. All the other books, such as the Vedas and Upanishads, implicate God in the problem of sin. In Judaism, like Islam, God tends to be too transcendent or immanent, too aloof or too meddling.

EXCERPT: extended version

Introduction

In this book a more or less new theory is proposed about ideas and beliefs as old as the world. A new arrangement is defended for the truth. However, to be confronted with all these things can cause sorrow for the soul.


Creation

The strangest beliefs have existed, such as the gnostic idea, accompanied by either asceticism or debauchery, that Satan is the maker of the world. Theology can help us to create sense amidst such madness.


Proof for God's Existence

God cannot be proven in the end. To prove Him would mean to reduce Him to our level. But like the set of natural numbers points to an infinity, so Creation points to Someone Infinite.


God's Essence

The Bible uses the words theotes and theiotes, implying that there is a difference between deity and divinity; the former seems to denote His absoluteness and simplicity, the latter His manifestation in Creation. It must be maintained that God is absolutely simple or indivisible. "Hear, oh Israel, God is One." On the other hand He cannot be limited in His infinite characteristics.


God's Qualities

God's qualities are part of His being, not like a possession or acquired learning. In this way the Bible states that God is Love and that He is Light. It is of the utmost importance to keep God's qualities, such as grace and truth, in balance in our minds and hearts. To overly accentuate one aspect happens to the detriment of the other and has nasty consequencies for our beliefs and subsequent morality.


God and Creation

Even though God is immutable, He can and does act in time. There is a mystery in this. God dwells in eternity, above time and space and yet He manifests Himself to us so we can interact. In that man and angel have their own responsibility.


Good and Evil

In all others 'isms' God is implicated in the problem of sin. The Bible however teaches that, even though it states that God creates evil, humans and angels can turn evil into sin. God is not the author of sin, even though He is the author of evil (for instance in the sense of disaster and the possibility to commit sin, should we choose to do so).


Reason to the Rhyme?

Ultimately the Lord of up above grants our lives meaningfulness. The dry reason of the deists cannot give us lasting happiness, nor the philosophy of Carpe diem that atheism tends to elevate. Mysticism and arcane powers do not give ultimate satisfaction either.


Satanism

That we experience pain and sorrow is obvious. Satanists blaim God for it all. They hail Satan as their grand liberator. However, since God as Satan's Maker is infinitely more powerful, then (if He is bad) an eternal hell awaits all of us at the hands of a whimsical God.


Religions of the World

The human being has a body that needs food, a mind that can think, a soul that experiences and expresses emotions and a spirit that intuits. Derived from these aspects we have materialism and atheism, rationalism and deism, mysticism and pantheism and arcane powers and polytheism. Monotheism holds itself up at the head and satanism opposes and hates at the bottom.


Recommended Books


Revelation

The Bible itself states that we must live by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. In Job it says that God speaks to us once or twice. God is personal, not impersonal. Christ Jesus said about the Scriptures that they are the truth. The Bible teaches us in all the great questions of life and gives us meaningful answers that resonate in our hearts.


The Bible Only?

The Bible shows that the deviating aberrations of the various 'isms' are lies that confuse us. The Bible teaches us the golden mean and shows us the way in the jungle of life. A jungle that is meant to make us play god by running away with and by exaggerating one or the other aspect of reality. The Bible gives honor where honor is due and keeps things in the proper balance.


Higher Criticism

There always have been critics of the Bible. The Sadducees only held to the Penteteuch and did not believe in angels or that we have a spirit. Modern critics attack the Word in an endless array of ideas and theories. One of those is that the prophecies in the book of Daniel are historiagraphy after the facts. These were described one or two hundred years B.C. However the fact that the book of Daniel has been taken up into the Septuagint--which was written 3 centuries B.C.--and into the Jewish canon (of which Malachi was written 4 centuries B.C.), unnerves this theory.


"Faiths"

I see connections between us having a body, mind, soul and spirit and the four main 'isms' and 'faiths.' Also I argue that there has been a development, over hundreds of years, from monotheism, to scholastic rationalism, to deism and agnostic materialism to atheism and communistic, militant atheism eventually. At the same time there were streams that deviated into mysticism (the Christian form of it) and the pantheism of Spinoza and Hegel. Hebrews 11 teaches us that "faith is the substance of things hoped for and the proof of things unseen." This resonates with us through the Holy Spirit.


God's Name

God's Name has been used as a curse and also it has been considered too holy to pronounce. The former is blasphemy, the latter makes Him impersonal. God's Name also has been used in oaths. The Lord however says that our No should be No and our Yes be Yes. But some governments consider your swearing into their nationality nothing but a solemn promise.


God and Man in Relation

The Lord God wants a personal relation with us. This starts at conversion and, through progressive revelation in Creation (the Son declares the Father) will last for ever. For we are finite and God infinite. Aristotle taught that God thinks Himself and Hegel that God is coming to self-consciousness. These are all half lies and therefore very dangerous in their times.


The Trinity

God is One Spirit in Three Personalities, like a single room has the three dimensions of height, breadth and length. If it were not so, then God could not be Love, which existed before Creation between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Under the influence of ancient philosophy the Catholic churches unfortunately developed ideas like the progression of the trinity and the so-called eternal generation of the Son. It is explained why these ideas are foreign to Holy Writ.


God's Person: Majesty & Familiarity

God is both transcendent and immanent. He is both Love and Justice, Savior and Judge. For bornagain Christians He is Abba Father! In this He is both Majestically exalted above us, as well as nigh in His personal relation with us. Both Judaism and Islam make God out to be too transcendent and Jews and Moslems cannot have a personal relation with their Maker. I think therefore that they are more or less deistic in this respect.


Afterthought on Higher Criticism

Higher critics, like we all are by our old nature, the old Adam, are haters of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. They believe in a philosophy of the sovereignty of the five senses. Therefore anything that is said to be miraculous in the Bible must be untrue or at best symbolic. Also they harbor almost total scepsis in their hearts about the verity of historic facts in the Bible. But Christ died for haters...


Recommended Books II





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