MetaChristianity I How To Unlock Bible Mysteries
MetaChristianity Book Series
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(Old Comments 2003)
How To Unlock Bible Mysteries
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[From the book Introduction]
MetaChristianity is a Christian book series for those who have not yet come to a point of satisfaction, lethargy, pride or fear about learning new Bible truths. However, if life is good and you can sleep each night without ever mulling over reservations about your own personal beliefs or your church’s doctrines, you should move on to a book that will not upset your apple cart.
However, if thoroughly understanding the Bible and your relationship with God is very important to you, and if you are not quite satisfied with everything that you are taught at church, or if you have troublesome Bible questions that never seem to get answered, or if there are passages of Scripture that just don’t quite seem to resolve with the direction of your beliefs, or if the Bible “experts” you know, read, listen to or watch never cover your nagging doubts, or even if you have actually given up on Christianity because you just could not reconcile your rational Bible questions with what seem to be irrational Church doctrines – well then, there is no more important resource for you than this book series.
Mostly, Christians are gullible (yes, this probably includes you – it certainly included me). We are much too trusting of what others spoon-feed us about what the Bible says. This is because we have never been taught how to judge between error and truth for ourselves, but rather have been left to our own subjective judgments with few guidelines with which to ascertain defined boundaries. This will be remedied with a systematic approach utilizing a set of adequacy conditions (or principles), which are amply illustrated to aid you in objectively examining and understanding Scripture.
The fundamental purpose of MetaChristianity is twofold in nature. First it is to teach you to bring an open, common sense and reasoned attitude to the Scriptures, producing in you an ability to objectively recognize Bible truth from error. Second, it is to bring you to a place where all nagging, doubt-inspiring questions and reservations have been satisfied so that you can sleep comfortably at night with a confident comprehension and acceptance of your standing in Christ, and your eventual destination.
[From the first chapter]
What is MetaChristianity?
“Meta” as a prefix means “beyond”. This is appropriate and descriptive of what is contained in the book series – it is a Christianity that is beyond a traditional approach to researching Scripture. In a nut shell, MetaChristianity is a critical analysis of the Bible utilizing a combination of three variations of logical reasoning (this will be fully explained later). Church traditions are compared to other possible explanations within the analysis, although for an ease of understanding in MetaChristianity the Church tradition being examined is often presented first as a reference for what is to come.
What is so special about you – are you some sort of prophet or anointed one?
In fact, I don’t believe God chose me for anything. I just sort of stumbled upon all of this. I think God is probably more surprised than I am that I figured out these hundreds of Bible mysteries.
Da.2.29-30 To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. 30 But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind. (ESV)
I make no claim beyond that of Daniel. To paraphrase: “As for me, I have discovered the answers to these mysteries, not because I have been selected by God as anyone special, but simply so that everyone may understand these mysteries that have until now remained hidden within the Scriptures.”
If push came to shove, the one person in the Bible that I might liken myself to would be the black sheep described in Lk.9.49-50. Though not of the chosen twelve, he believed in the authority of Christ (“in your name”). But Christ’s chosen disciples foolishly attempted to stop him simply because he was not one of them.
“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no bird sang there except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke
[Some questions that are answered as examples in book I]
The Bible is filled with hundreds of mysterious wordings and passages that the Church has never been able to decipher. And the Church is filled with doctrines that contrast with the Scriptures upon close examination. In fact, the Church is completely blind to the existence of a majority of these mysteries and conflicts. As has been emphasized, the first book of the series focuses on how to understand the Bible. Of course, some elementary examples are provided as well. They answer the following questions:
+ The Church is described as masculine in over twenty passages – why would Church tradition insist that the Church is the bride of Christ?
+ Why does the Church insist that the Church is the mother of itself?
+ What is the real significance of saying, “In the Name of Jesus”?
+ What did Paul mean when he said, “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything”?
+ Why is there no thanksgiving in the Lord’s Prayer?
+ Christ taught the Lord’s prayer to Jews under the Law – why would it be considered a New Covenant prayer?
These are just a sample of hundreds of Bible mysteries solved in the MetaChristianity book series – and many are much more profound than these elementary examples.
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Note: Because of doctrinal overlap it is advisable to read the book series in the numbered order.
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