Saturday, April 5, 2014

How the Gospel changes everything

The gospel is more than a ticket for the ferryman across the styx. It's really more like popping the red pill in The Matrix, and realising what's really going on.  Virginia Owens in And the Trees Clap their Hands: Faith Perception and the New Physics says when we know God we become like spies, secret agents in a world where every clue matters.

The Bible is not just a religious document, it's ideological one, and in it God expresses an opinion about everything. 2 Peter 1:3 "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life." and 2 Timothy 3:17 "... so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." You don't being stop being  godly or cease being responsible for doing good works while drinking coffee, interrogating a suspect or making love.

Now it's true that the Scripture doesn't include detailed instructions on about how to travel between the planets or how to bake nice fluffy scones. You could say that Jesus didn't say anything about cars, but does that preclude God having an opinion about if we should make them, what we should do in them and what their place is in our lives? God has an opinion about everything and the Bible speaks to everything in these seven ways.

  1. Ethics
  2. Purpose
  3. Patterns
  4. Pictures
  5. Boundaries
  6. Occasional details
  7. The meta-narrative