This came from a commentary that i read. Your thoughts please.
Is there any wonder that a person who is told of Jesus, that lives in a third world country, sees many signs and wonders while we here in America suffer from a deep spiritual drought? We have had 19+ centuries of theological presuppositions, imaginings, concepts, paradigms, and eventually creeds! Theology: two words combined into one. Theos for God and logos for words or ideas. Nearly 2,000 years of man's verbage, words, and formulated doctrine "about Jesus", and there is no end to the interpretations or formulations. The GOOD NEWS is that Jesus isn't hemmed in not encapsulated by our mere thoughts. He IS Jesus!
I am a monotheist, I understand that; however, if you take ten people and ask them to describe God, you'd come away thinking there were at least eleven gods. God is the SAME yesterday, today, and tomorrow; however, our views of God and Jesus are are varied as the units of sand on the beaches of the earth.
Some have an Old Testament God: a God who commits genocide by wiping out all but eight of the world's population, having His kings kill all the men, women, and children of a community. Or, wiping out 70,000 people because David decided to take a census. That's the Hebraic story, but not mine. There's some excellent metaphors, and some factually true events in the OT of course; however, the God depicted in the Old Testament isn't my God.
Nor is it the God that Jesus was the exact representation of as Hebrews 1:3 says.
So, how can we come to some valid understanding of Jesus and God after kings, theologians, priests, and Pharisees have had their say and revised say for some 1,900+ years? What are we to make of it all? One generation says THIS and another generation says THAT. And then even the same generation takes an opposite view. It simply gets down to EXPERIENCE for me. You have to experience God, experience Jesus, have communion with the Spirit, and LIVE the adventure, not overly analyze it all.
That changes the whole ball game folks.
You move from a spectator to a player!