TMOC: Not Simply Hebraic
The Mind of Christ is much more than simply classical Hebrew.
It’s not enough to notice Jesus was calling His people back to their ancient Hebrew mystical roots. We have statements by the Savior which were clear departures from mere Hebraic thought. Yet true to Hebrew mystical thinking, what He offered were expansions into territory implied but not stated in the words of the prophets. The whole purpose of Hebrew writing was to open a doorway. You could choose to enter, or limit yourself to what you can find without doing too much work. Implicit in Hebrew literature and culture is the dire necessity of contemplation.
We rightly recognize the danger of open ended contemplation. Yet taking a tack too strict would mean not contemplating at all. If you don’t burn off some human time investing in something more important than this realm of existence, you can’t expect to have much on the other side of death. The wealth of Hebrew symbols we know from Scripture alone are more than enough guidance. The Lord eliminated a lot of senseless froo-froo popular with inventive humans. Restrictions were meant to be contemplated as well as the directives.
The corrective factor is not really in our hands. All of this assumes at some point in the process, God grants spiritual life, raising up a dead spirit to full life in His Spirit Realm. He was careful to deny there was anything we could do to make it happen, yet fully requires us to take the path He left for us in His revelation. We know the Laws of God are the gateway to spiritual life; the connection is boiled down in the preaching about repentance. Embrace what you can know and God will supply whatever else He wants from you. That the strong leaders He chose were able to find common ground which resonated with their respective living spiritual natures is all the proof we need.
You can’t control the outcome in any way for another person. You are required to draw some lines you dare not cross. If others cross them, you are required to evaluate whether you can keep working with them, and on what terms. There is plenty of New Testament precedent showing when you cannot and should not try. There is plenty more wide open space for each of us to navigate. The lack of certainty in human terms is a feature, not a bug.
In this project, I propose we seek to leave enough doors open it calls to the widest audience possible, yet would obviously exclude some who simply aren’t ready. We can’t be all things to all people; only God does that, or whatever it is we might imagine it would be. Our call is of necessity limited. What we offer is a glimpse in the mind of Christ the man. That it would provoke reform and renovation of thinking in some is the whole point. We agree something is missing, and we believe we have found it. We already know up front it’s not for everyone, but we have to be careful, faithful to our own calling to reach plenty of folks we don’t even imagine are there within our reach.
Jesus was a Jewish guy in the First Century who hearkened back to a more ancient Hebrew way, but more of what it should have been, less of what it actually had been. We stand here far away in time and space using our best estimate what anyone can know about such things. Some things are pretty obvious, and I’ve belabored them here (and elsewhere) for some years. It resonates with some of you, and you share my enthusiasm for bringing it to a wider audience. We need to harmonize, not sing in unison. You should surely have some insights I lack.
Lacking anything else, for now I propose we start looking at three basic questions: In the Mind of Christ, what would we identify as basic cosmology, anthropology, and epistemology? I’ve given my own views enough already; how about yours? Take your time if you need to become familiar with the academic terminology, but I’m hoping one way or another to get some input.
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