Progressive and Traditional Scripture
July 14, 2006
On my long trip from California to Texas, I had an idea. I wondered what it would look like to put some of the ideas I have heard from my conservative brothers and sisters next to my own ideas- sort of using my marketing background to create a checklist of a “features and functions” list between the two ideologies.
Then I thought what would be even better would be to use the language of Scripture to do it, so that I’m not inserting my own language into it and distorting it at all.
I haven’t spent a whole lot of time on it, so this is just a work in progress and I hope it to be a living document based on your contributions. I imagine that there will be suggestions on both sides, and we’ll see what happens. I also understand that there is no “one” magic position on the Traditional side- just as my position does not represent every single person on the Progressive side. I’ve tried to keep it to a manageable size, as I know my posts are not known for their brevity!
At any rate, this is my contribution for the next day or two to the blogosphere as I continue unpacking boxes and getting settled. Let me know what you think.
|1 – Overall Theme||1 John 4:8, Matt 22:36-40||Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. /“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”||John 3:16||‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.|
|2 – On peace and reconciliation||Matt 5:9, Gal 5:22-23||“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. /…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.||Matthew 10.34||‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.|
|3 – The Law and the Role of Humans in Upholding It||Matt 7:1; Rom 9:30b-33||“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged./Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; but
Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed in fulfilling that law. Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
|Eph 4:25-27||So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.|
|4 – On the sin of religious institutions and leaders||Matt 23:23-24||“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!|
|5 – The Bible’s Completeness||John 16:12-13||“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.||2 Tim 3:16-17||All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.|
|6 – Universal Inclusion||Rom 11:32; John 10:16|| For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all./
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
|John 14:6||Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.|