Fundamentalism offers a god of words. Christ our life offers THE WORD – the logos and source of being who ‘Is before all things, inHimall thingshold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have pre-eminence.’
ISM’S ANS NON-BEING
Fundamentalism is a creature of the law. It offers a limited view of God – a god and a life in god that is fragmented and often contradictory. This is because this rendering of God has more to do with the knowledge of good and evil and its broken view of reality than does the ‘I AM of God,’ and our interwoveness into His being. We are whole, fulsome and real when we are in God because we are a manifestation of God: We are daughters and sons.
DEAD IN ADAM/ALIVE IN CHRIST
The old covenant is ‘Obey and live.’ The new covenant is ‘I am your life’. Our relationship and being in God does not come from a contract, even if many have made it so. A contractual attempt at relating to God is jerky and scrappy because it’s based on a pious self-centredness. A legalistic relationship with God is unwhole and unholy because it makes God and ourselves far less than we are. God is not god when construed from the law and you are not you attached to a legalistic (false) christ.
Now we are the sons of God. When did we become sons in spirit and in truth instead of notional sons? At the at-one-ment when Christ became our life. The oneness Jesus has with Father is now our oneness.
A proper view of God makes us more than we are. ‘Sonship’ is never found in religion but it is found in resting in the truth of the fact that God is in you and you are in God. Biblicism* makes for the ruination of God and the self. Christ in you and as you, as in incarnation makes you who you really are and a much nicer person to be around. When Christ is our life we can actually life rather than pretend to love.
WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE
Christ our life is the difference between ourselves as a construct of the knowledge of good and evil and a son/daughter of God.
Christ as our life makes us a LIVING LENS who accurately interprets the word of truth rather than one who uses it to justify one’s legal framework and partisan religion. Jesus is fully human and fully alive as are you when you are in God because He is your life. Richard Rohr writes,
“On the inner journey of the soul we meet a God who interacts with our deepest selves, who grows the person, allowing and forgiving mistakes. It is precisely this give-and-take, and knowing there will be give-and-take, that makes God so real as a Lover. God unfolds your personhood from within through a constant increase in freedom—even freedom to fail. Love cannot happen in any other way. This is why Paul shouts in Galatians, “For freedom Christ has set us free!” (Galatians 5:1). (1)
Freedom from what? Freedom from ‘un-being.’ What is that? Freedom to be yourself as a son, rather than a slave and worker in religion and the law.
‘The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves’ Gal 4.24 NIV. But you are the sons of the Free Woman – if you choose.
* Biblicism, the daughter of legalism is the reduction of the ‘being’ of God and ourselves to words.