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Paradigm: Some Other Theological Issues
"If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it
The basic fundamental issue is whether or not universal reality is set up by the Creator for us to win by our individual definition of winning. If it is not, the sooner we cease to exist the better. Choice begins here.
Foreknowledge & Determinsism
We are all predestined by, and only by, God's intention for us to be saved as his children. But God does not know what our choices will be, only what they have been, and therefore our decisions within certain limits. Our decisions and behavior are only determined, i.e. fixed and predictable, in the interval between choices. What specific reality will be in the future cannot be determined by God but he IS determined to achieve his purpose with certain goals that he has ordained. God would die of boredom if he knew everything that we would choose and do.
The United Serving Entity of unfallen human beings has no chronologically controlled agenda for this age, and never had one for the previous age that it was not willing to change. The agenda Jesus talks about is purely of phenomena and is imminent, i.e. can happen at any time and very quickly. The ball is in our court to choose what to believe within the context and limits of what Jesus said and did, something apparently not done within the last two thousand years. They are chronologically operating on an agenda determined by us.
Ancient cultures that went through the end of the Golden Age usually had expectations or prophecies of the return of the warrior hero/God of wisdom to return things to that benevolent state. Jesus styled and positioned himself in the Jewish culture to be this fulfillment as much as was appropriate to get attention and be taken seriously, and so in that sense he was the fulfillment of all valid prophecy and there can be no valid Old Testament prophecy that even points past his life on earth. The most amazing prophecy in the Old Testament is the one of Nebuchadnezzar's statue of decreasing natural malleability, being smashed by the rock of miraculous malleability. The statue metals symbolize powerful intellectual/spiritual conceptualization systems that always precede political systems. And very significantly, Jesus prophesies nothing specific beyond the destruction of Jerusalem except for the beginning of the age of judgment and the resurrection.
Human Organizational Response to Systematic Excess Super High Intensity Trivia. Formal organizations set up in this world are of necessity set up according to the world's principles and values, with rules, and structured hierarchically with arbitrary power-and-force authority. But, any time the "good" of an organization takes precedence over the good of any one of its individual members, it has crossed over the same line the Sanhedrin crossed, using the same rationale, when they decided to put Jesus to death. Individuals are sacred, not formal organizations in this world.
The Ten Words/Commandments
The giving of the tables of stone to Moses by "God" on the mountain is part of the Hebrew mythology, and an educated, reasonable man should have a problem believing this ever happened. However valid or invalid this may be, neither in the Old Testament or the New Testament is the "Ten Commandment" terminology used. The writings on the tablets of stone−not that they literally existed−were called the "Ten Words" or Decalogue, not commandments. These words are represented to be spoken by God the Father to Jehovah the Son and were part of an agreement between them that the Messiah would fulfill and live by. In the story Moses was merely given a copy of the essence of this agreement. These were not commandments or "demandments" that were directed toward men. The value to us of the Ten Words is that they generally elucidate fundamental principles which we can incorporate into our lives to the extent that they do not interfere with our freedom or the sustenance and/or the enhancement of life.