I love theology and I love the history of Christian thought. It is my hobby, it is my passion, it is my life. But, the truth is, we make too much of theology. All monotheistic religions are simple. They all describe the relationship between God and Mankind, and between Mankind and God.
All who know me know that I am a believer in the Christian God of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Throughout the history of both Christian and Jewish thought, we have argued much on theology. However, it too is quite simple. Christianity describes the relationship between God and Mankind, and the relationship between Mankind and God.
The biggest mistake in describing this relationship is to put emphasis of what individuals must do to reach God. We make endless and ever changing lists. We decree an item on a list is unchangeable, and then we change it. We make lists of what other people should do, and we often ignore what we do. We make lists of what not to do, while ignoring the positive things we should done.
This path is one of peril. We run the risk of being no different than any other religion. When we make lists, we are no different than all the other religions of the world. We don’t like to admit it, but in making lists we truly are universalists.
I believe there is a path that separates us from other religions of the world. If we emphasize that Christianity is focused on what God did to reach us, rather than what we do to reach God, the entire view of Christianity is changed. Then, the lists don’t matter anymore, they don’t play a role in reaching God. Our perspective is changed. We are no longer bound to endless lists, and we are no longer bound to the guilt associated with those lists.
Only in God acting to reach us can we truly be free.