This month, we are covering a seemingly simple concept that has powerful, revelatory, and wide ranging applications.
This week's story is in five parts and covers almost fifty years of the latest church history. Please make sure you have read the previous part of this week's story.
In the previous post we looked at how the non-contradictory Model for God is: Right and Just. We also saw how Christian's continued rationalizations for not being able to explain or define God led to me stating: God is always completely Right and always completely Just.
One of the quickest benefits to defining God is the ability to explain WHY Jesus is fully man and Fully God.
Notice, the statement that "Jesus is fully man and Fully God" is a "WHAT"...it is a Statement...it is a Conclusion.
Of all the Doctrine that is associated with Christianity, this is BY FAR the MOST crucial Doctrine. Without this Doctrine, EVERYTHING else that is unique to what a Christian believes is Wrong. However, Doctrine is a cause...Doctrine is NOT just a WHAT...Doctrine is also a WHY.
It is a subtle point, but the ONLY way to be able to explain WHY "Jesus is fully man and Fully God" is to have non-contradictory definitions for "man" AND "God"!
In the previous post, we saw that Christians are unable to define God. Since Christians couldn't define "God" (let alone "man"), they were unable to explain the WHY behind this crucial WHAT!
Notice, stating that Jesus being born of a human and having God as a Father as the WHY Jesus is fully man and Fully God is Wrong. This is the HOW. While it is good to have a Right How, this is NOT the explanation as to WHY Jesus is fully man and Fully God. The WHY is the CAUSE. The HOW is A way to that CAUSE. Don't get focused on a HOW over a WHY. HOW's are limiting. There is a specific way to do a HOW. WHY's are infinite. Once you have the right WHY, there are infinite HOW's in which it can be expressed! God's Nature is a WHY. God's Personality is expressed along four HOW's (mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically) and the result is a Personality that is infinite.
This point about the power of the WHY was so subtle, pastors and PhD theologians would get extremely frustrated when pressed for the WHY. They truly believed that all they needed to do was state the WHAT. They believed the WHAT alone was sufficient to convince people! They were so oblivious to the fact that all they had stated was a WHAT, they ended up looking juvenile when discussing this topic with teenagers who knew the WHY!
If you read the post from yesterday and the associated links, you will know that the Model for God has another component: God does NOT have a "free will".
Before you have an "amygdala moment", please write down your definition for "free will"...
The non-contradictory definition for "free will" is "the ability to act apart from one's nature".
EVERY OTHER definition for "free will" is contradictory...hence the endless arguments people have had for centuries over free will that go nowhere. God still has choice, however He can ONLY choose from options that are WITHIN His Nature.
Model for God: God's Nature is "Right and Just" AND God CANNOT act apart from "Right and Just".
Human's are "NOT Right and NOT Just" AND humans CAN act apart from this nature (by choosing to kill this nature and letting God flow through us).
Jesus' Nature is "Right and Just" AND He had a fleshly nature that He could act apart from...which Jesus did. (Here is the background post associated with this point: Fully Man and Fully God.)
While Jesus was on earth dealing with His fleshly nature (which made him fully man), He chose to always and completely let God flow through Him. His ability to always and completely let God flow through Him was possible because of His Divine Nature (Right and Just)...and His NEVER having done ANYTHING Wrong or Unjust is proof TO US that He was Fully God.
"28 Jesus therefore said, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I speak these things."
This is a subtle point: Jesus always completely had Right and Just actions while He had a fleshly nature because GOD THE FATHER flowed through Him...NOT because Jesus DIRECTLY did Right and Just actions.
The Right and Just actions that Jesus did (WHAT) came about through God the Father always completely flowing through Jesus (HOW) because Jesus' Nature always completely chose grace: to allow God's divine influence upon His Heart reflect in His life (WHY).
I call this explanation "Right-Right". It has a Right WHAT and a Right HOW/WHY.
EVERY OTHER explanation is "Right-Wrong". It has a Right WHAT with a Wrong HOW/WHY...or NO HOW/WHY which is also a Wrong HOW/WHY.
I thought stating God is always completely Right would mean that God is Right in WHAT He does...AND Right in HOW He does it...AND Right in WHY He does it. However, I quickly found that Christians agree that God is Right in WHAT He does...however, they ACTUALLY believe God is Wrong in HOW/WHY He does things...AND that it is still Right for God to operate with a Wrong HOW/WHY!
Let's look at this Model for God more specifically in light of this new tool...
WHAT: God is always completely Right and always completely Just
HOW: God CANNOT do anything that is NOT Right or NOT Just
WHY: If God did something Wrong or Unjust then His Nature wouldn't be Right and Just
This second half of the Model for God BLATANTLY states God's HOW/WHY (even though I believe "always completely Right and always completely Just" covers EVERYTHING). Basically, I am stating that God's Method (HOW) is also Right...and His Reason (WHY) is also Right.
Notice, God intentionally not wanting us to understand His HOW/WHY would make God a hypocrite! God would want us to just believe a WHAT that God Himself was UNABLE to define or explain to us! This makes God Wrong!
Some people argue for this point by stating it is OUR FAULT God CAN'T explain this to us...ACTUALLY, THAT would PROVE God is NOT God. After all, which teacher is truly excellent, the one who understands the Theory of Relativity and CAN'T explain it to you OR the one who understands the Theory of Relativity and CAN explain it to you? Wouldn't it take MORE ability to be the latter type of teacher? Do you think God has LESS ability?
I soon learned that people thought that God ONLY had to be Right in WHAT He did. They thought He could be Wrong in HOW and WHY He did it! In fact, they actively argued for WHY God is able to be Wrong in the HOW/WHY...they ACTUALLY spent the majority of their "God time" thinking about and learning about HOW/WHY God is able to be Wrong. They spent the majority of their time teaching other people HOW/WHY God is able to be Wrong!
It turns out that EVERYONE agrees (even atheists) on the Right WHAT. However, the difference comes with the HOW/WHY.
People who have a Wrong or NO HOW/WHY are hypocrites and easy to frustrate.
However, one person taught me the wildest rationalization...
The other great universal discussion that requires a non-contradictory definition for God involves proving God's existence.
Actually, proving God's existence is easy!
The reason Christians have a hard time proving God's existence is that they ACTUALLY try to prove two things:
Causality proves there had to be a First Cause...and that First Cause is "God".
EVERY Question after THAT "WHAT, HOW, and WHY Statement" ACTUALLY is focused on God's Identity...which is answered with the Model for God! Otherwise, the unbeliever can get the believer to state a contradictory Identity for God...which proves that THAT "God" does NOT exist!
Notice, God's Nature would have to be the ONLY "Causeless Causes" AND had to exist forever because God is a line!
God's Nature is the CAUSE. The EFFECTS of God's Nature (Right and Just) is God's Personality.
We OUGHT to understand God's Nature. It will take an eternity to learn God's Personality!