Qualified theology began life with good intent.
And then become bound in ever-more qualification to become ever-more-all-embracing-ever-more-applicable-to-all-people-throughout-all-time.
“All are welcome” shouldn’t need saying.
But it is all the time.
So too God and Jesus and Mercy and Worship and Grace and Love.
qualified explanation with a qualified language that only the qualified can understand and debate. A language that accommodates every objection and question and doubt. Or else it would not be explaining The Word of God for all occasions for all people in all circumstances throughout all time. Because if it can’t then it might be flawed – and God is not flawed – so neither can The Word.
Which is why we need the qualified to teach The Word.
But an unintended consequence is to insulate-bind this God in a Word that has become of Man to address all questions, doubts and preferences. Because believers …
And believers must be strong in belief … must live a visible and differentiated life of The Good and Worthy Servant. And that takes strength not doubt – certainty not questions – perfection not imperfection – needs the Devil to explain temptation – needs Sin and Sinners for giving-in to temptation – and needs the qualified to “ok” (forgive?) my “sinning” (on behalf of God?).
Because God is in all – God is in the very-stinky-unkempt-beer-filled-aggressive-sweary-homeless-person – that is God as well as God in me – the well-dressed-educated-employed-responsible-and-much-blessed-so-must-be-grateful-and should-be-attending-church-person (says the qualified Word of
“BEEN BLESSED? Give a Buck, Save a Life!” (the link to “tax deductible donations” under a God-blog)
“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace–only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. It can be received gladly or grudgingly, in big gulps or in tiny tastes, like a deer at the salt.” Anne Lamott (like so many extracts from The Word, we take the bit that works and discard the rest … “deer at the salt”… really?)
“Grace is a gift from Heavenly Father given through His Son, Jesus Christ. The word grace, as used in the scriptures, refers primarily to enabling power and spiritual healing offered through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ. … The grace of God helps us every day.” (a gift we don’t deserve but are given anyway – with all the necessary qualified-baggage – gratitude, worship, servitude, etc) …
It all separates us from God.
And in explaining God-in-The-Bible we make me BEING God-like truly unattainable – make Love (the God-version) TOTALLY unattainable for us (weak-but-strong-in-belief!!) sinners-saved. Which lets me off the hook on “Love” as well as being “God-like”. All I can do is to try (unsuccessfully) to be seen to be trying. That’s what the Word of
Man God says.
Like the Word of
Man God also says that EVEN gays and lesbians and false teachers and those who believe in a different God or no god at all are “All Are Welcome” if …
Which has one teensy-weensy flaw …
It is not of Love and Grace and God. Is not of I Am which IS the Word of God.
Now add Love (without any conditions at all) –
not even the “condition” of me loving without any condition at all
– which means gays and lesbians and those who believe in a different God or no god at all AS WELL AS the very-stinky-unkempt-beer-filled-aggressive-sweary-homeless-person (who might ALSO be gay or lesbian or believe in a different God or no god at all) are not even visible as “different” to me by my (qualified) differentiation and my (taught) definition and my (conditional) no-conditions-love.
Or to put it another way …
LOVE makes all “invisible” as different in any way to God.
Which means ..
Love makes all invisible as different in any way to me as well.
And if I am Love …
Then I shouldn’t need the Word of God …
To teach me that I can’t.