Generation after generation. Country after country. Centuries after centuries.Translation after translation.
Where did we go wrong? See above!
All these things have led us away from the original thought of what the Gospel really was. Was this the intention of the Gospel,wasn’t it to be the same yesterday,today,and tommorrow? So where have we gone wrong? When did we go wrong? and Why?
Maybe we should look back at the last statement that we used in our fall back of the gospel. ‘It is the same ‘yesterday’,today, and tommorrow. We need to start with the foundation of the statement to make the restof statement to be true.
‘Yesterday’ seems to be sticking point to us in our understanding of what the message is all about. We have gone thru generations,countries,centuries,and translations to move us from the reality of the truth. All four of these topics have made a enormous contribution of swaying our understanding of the gospel to us. It is how we appoach the influence that will keep us true to the gospel.
This by itself could lead to a whole book if we were to cover everything that these four things have done to our understanding of the gospel. So we will just hit on a few of each of the topics to get just a taste of the persuasion that we have been touched with.
Generations. Families are the lifeblood of life. They are the carrier of our thoughts,ideas,and traditions that have begun and infused the family through the ages. Families are a curious breed.LOL I have been witnessed to what I think are the two such behaviors that are obvious in the generations scenerios. The first one is that our childred can without a blink of an eye, assume the rationale of continueing their parents living of their faith. There is that ‘there is no other rationale’ of living thought. We have that ‘my parents are right’ and I will follow. There is an animated movie called “the Cruds” is an attempt by a beginning of time family that were influenced by the father who considered the dark cave to be the one and only place where it will be safe to live. Only the time to go out and catch the family meal, will it be safe to go out and swiftly catch their prey.
This is the distinguishing mark that has been carried out in some of our generations that we must continue in our heritage ‘just because’.
The second behavior is a rebellous one. It is the rebellion of life as they know it. It is an act of individualism that sets them up for a journey of oneness that takes them on a rollercoaster ride that they will never forget. The journey is one of ‘I do not wish to be apart of this realm’ and I seek to know something better or different. It is in reality the story of the prodigal son that seeks out on his own life. This story as like life never works out the way we dream it to be.
Countries, those visible lines around a united people on the surface of the world. It could and will be influenced in a government style, and or with a influencial religious tone for the country. The irony of this paradigm of this scenerio is that once that situation is formed is that it is a permanent stance of the country, with a few exceptions. One being that of overthrown by enemies, or from revolt against the government.(oddly enough you don’t see a revolt over a religion) A country is usually created by the physical takeover of a country not by religion but by governmental ideas. So the people of these new countries are under the direction and authority of the king or president. So it is that we are encapsatualted into a paradigm that they cannot escape.
Centuries, Time is unique thing, it can be good or bad. It can be a burden or blessing. But it is obvious and quite open that things can change and change fast in a century. It could be just fad or a wave of new thinking of a people that changes over a century. A century is 100 years, that is a long time to continue the same principles,mindsets,and inspirations. Things have changed rather quickly with war in the old testament and even in the times of first and second century,although in the more recent times it has slowed down in the unraveling of things in society.
Translations,Oh let me count the ways! There are has been abundance supply of interpretations of historical,speech, and life of the Jewish life over the years. It is to be expected that as time as gone on that we come across new and revised letters and accounts of life long long ago. But it is also the freedom of intrepretation that has come with various versions of thought and meaning of the same texts. Our intrepretations have all come from the fact that the written texts were from the dialogue of men who were speaking for and by God to be understood from the meaning of the dialogue, not in the details of it but the concept or the paradigm. This to me is the paradigm of the bible. A story of God of creation, his people, and His Life.
Now to see what could change a story over generations,countries,centuries,and translations can be magnified thru each event,let alone all of them together. What we have come to understand in all of these events have come from the interpretations of the 16th century perspective which has many issues in how it was achieved in the first place.
Where the story should start is from the beggining of Christ’s birth and life. The 1st century is the climax of the paradigm that we should delve into to see the gospel. Our understanding of what Christ’s entrance into the world and His exit should be our goal. Could this be the new Creation?