This month, we will be covering a seemingly simple concept that has powerful, revelatory, and wide ranging applications.
Last month, while we covered The Book of Daniel, I was updating the sequel to "Modeling God". I posted "Modeling God's Wills" a year ago (June 2008). Since that time, I have received numerous comments, questions, corrections, insights, ideas, etc. All of this information, along with personal experiences, has been incorporated into "Modeling God's Wills".
Also, last year I devoted the month of June to storytelling...I basically gave my background from birth to graduation from college. The presentation of this month's topic will also be done with storytelling, however, (in true "Daniel fashion") I will be skipping over my years as a salaried professional and relate the events concerning the churches I wrote about in these three previous posts from April 2009:
Book One: Modeling God
Book Two: Modeling God's Wills
Book Three: Modeling Church
Again, this month's Series is revelatory and has powerful and wide ranging applications. To that end, in the shorter posts, I'm going to provide links to previous posts for background...so you may want to take the time to check the provided links in these shorter posts.
(By the way, this blog reached the 500 post milestone last week! How many blogs do you know that have over 500 posts on revelatory topics and are still fresh? That always makes me wonder why more people don't tell their friends about this blog (How many posts do I have to do before people consider this blog "legitimate"?)...or when they do tell their friends, why don't their friends continue to read this blog? Actually, the answer to that last question will be explained this Friday!)
This week's story is in five parts and covers almost fifty years of the latest church history.
So, without further ado, let's begin this month's Series (and this week's story) with a "background post"...
ALWAYS AND COMPLETELY
Over fifteen years ago, I had just solved a difficult problem at work and decided I would spend the rest of my life taking on the most difficult problem I could find: determining a non-contradictory definition for God. (The associated background post is: The Story for How the Model for God Was Determined.)
Being a problem solver, I began realizing the issue is that Christians can't logically answer the Question: "What is God like?"...which left them open to being proven wrong by atheists. It also caused believers to be hypocrites!
Basically, an atheist would claim God doesn't exist. When a believer stated that God did exist, the atheist would ask for a definition of God (What is God like?)...which is just the first step in a logical explanation.
If the believer couldn't supply a definition, then the believer was asking someone to believe in something the believer couldn't explain. How could the believer claim to be right about something he himself not only couldn't explain, but clearly didn't understand? Clearly this is hypocritical.
Would the Christian change his belief to something else that a believer of another religion couldn't explain? The Christian essentially counts on NOT UNDERSTANDING as his proof he is right and won't be able to be proven wrong...and uses the non-believers' inability to make sense or inability to explain a contrary belief to justify why the Christian doesn't have to change HIS belief.
People of average to above average intelligence (and morality) won't say they believe in something they can't define or explain. So, the believers that you can really learn something from will give a definition for God. However, it is extremely easy to show that their definition is contradictory...which means the believer doesn't understand what he believes!
This made me realize that the church was headed for disaster even though the statistics (from twenty years ago) said attendance in church was growing and people in church faired better (marriages, happiness, drug use, etc.) than did people outside of church.
I spent the next four years determining a non-contradictory definition for God. I read everything I could find on people disproving God's existence. There was even a professor who challenged people to give him a non-contradictory definition for God.
Eventually, I came upon a definition that was non-contradictory and was supported by the Bible: Right and Just.
For instance, Moses at the end of his life told God's people about God:
"3 For I will proclaim the name of Jehovah: Ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4 The Rock, his work is perfect; For all his ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he." (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)
For more information on the Model for God and the effects of this definition, look at these posts:
Model for God
Book One: Modeling God
Once I realized that God's Nature is Right and Just (with EVERY attribute of God being guided by Right and Just), the Bible was understandable! In fact, the Bible can be proven to be the ONLY non-contradictory religious book!
However, when I shared this with believers, most fought this non-contradictory definition for God with everything in them. Wasn't this good news? Why were they treating it like bad news? The extremes to which they would go made me realize what the atheists already knew: Christians don't understand what they believe. However, I was beginning to realize that Christians were afraid of understanding what they believed...
For instance, I would ask people how God could be BOTH Merciful and Just? How would He handle a criminal? If He is Merciful, He doesn't punish the criminal. If He is Just, He does punish the criminal.
The answer from Christians was that sometimes God is Merciful and sometimes He is Just.
THAT answer led me to state that God is ALWAYS Right and ALWAYS Just.
Then I would ask the same question about Merciful and Just...How is it possible for God to ALWAYS be Merciful AND ALWAYS be Just with a criminal?
Then the Christian's rationalization was that God would punish the criminal, BUT not to the full extent the criminal deserved.
THAT answer led me to state that God is always COMPLETELY Right and always COMPLETELY Just.
Right and Just are the ONLY attributes that God can ALWAYS and COMPLETELY possess without contradiction!
There is NO OTHER definition for God that doesn't lead to a contradiction...and contradictory explanations for God ACTUALLY prove that THAT "God" does NOT exist!
I used this Model for God to write "Modeling God". Shortly after "Modeling God" was published, I found out that Christians still had a way of rationalizing themselves out of the "Right and Just" definition!
And the answer to this latest rationalization is a revelatory tool...