One Man’s Food is Another Man’s Poison
Bob Brinsmead on “An Outline of Apocalyptic Theology from Zoroaster to Al Gore”
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You can see that the two great worldview narratives of the Bible – The Fall of Man and the Exodus – have played a huge role in my thinking. When I was at College I studied the OT prophets, almost memorized everything they said, and in later years I have gone back there to understand them and to see how Jesus built on that foundation. But having said that, I don’t accept anything on the grounds of some authority. One has to subject everything to observable evidence and use his own God-given reasoning and conscience – a thing is not true for me just because it is in the Bible or even in what Jesus is supposed to have said, and even if I was convinced he said it I would still have to look at it critically.
A lot of people try to find some absolute authority by which they can live, but this is not human. They want the comfort of some kind of certainty that is beyond our mortal state… we have to accept ambiguity and a measure of not knowing anything absolutely… and to our own selves we must be true. I am convinced enough to risk thinking that the universe is ultimately friendly – God is, and God’s sadak/agape is eternal and unconditional, and I can’t do anything more than try to reflect this is a human way. Since the corollary of that worldview is Universalism, I am not anxious to make anybody see it my way because it will be all right for you and me in the end whatever you think or whatever I think.