As i sit in class, i find it interesting that many people are just now, or fairly recently, understanding the concept of the Trinity. It is sad as i sit and drop eaves upon converstions to hear the thoughts. Many are still clueless and do not believe that you can mention God with the trinitarian language. I on the other hand have no problem with mentioning the "roles" of the trinity singularly. I do not find it necessary to mention God and Christ if i am discussing walking in the spirit. At that point i am talking about the HS! It should be implied that i mean that particular characteristic of God that involves in the HS! I find it important to hold a Tri-une view of God, but i do not find it necessary to discuss each of the aspects of God individually. I am losing faith in the tradition i follow as it is too vague in doctrinal, theological and social issues that can be interpreted various ways. THis causes schism and i do not foresee any type of mending on the horizon. I am sticking to this tradition b/c it need strong, convicting leaders that it lacks as a whole. I vow that i will be who i am called, not in order to change the church, but in order that people may see that conviction and the gospel are vital to church life.
I am also not a fan of "inculsive" langauge. Sure God is not a man, but he has authority and positions as King. I will worship a King. Not an it, not or Queen, nor a Hermaphrodite deity....maybe my reformed views are flowing out currently, but thats fine. I am reformed, and my views will remain that way as i journey in Christ. Calvin and Luther are my heroes, not Wesley. Welsey is great, but i dont agree with all of his theology.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Lately ive been wondering about if im at the right school...In class it seems that when everyone else disagrees with something with a "hmm" or a "nope" i am exceedingly and heartily agreeing with the statements/arguments. Maybe it is good for me to learn perspectives that are not my own. At the same time i struggle with wether or not i am at the right Seminary due to my differences upon theological and at times doctrinal issues. I find it hard to want to be involved with a church that does not hold Scripture as King in regards to theology, doctrine and value of what is said about God in scripture. After further review the idea is that primacy of scripture is overarching the tradition, reason, and experience. Teh problem lies in that most people will never or still dont truly understand this. Sola Scriptura. A Man of One Book like Wesley himself said. I find it hard to not place scripture as the main authority in all theological or doctrinal issues.