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The CommuniChristi creed…
God's love is purposeful – God's love is constructive.
His purpose is to redeem humankind from its fallen state; to raise us up to salvation & fulfillment in… the most high. God's love is constructive; it lends itself to those constructions through which his purposes might best be actualized.
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Last updated 18 August, 2019.
Keep it simple & cut to the chase?
The modern world has increased its practical capacities immensely, be it in medicine which extends human-life, new industries & technologies improving material welfare; or sciences on the verge of space exploration. At the same time we have bought forth the negatives of over-population, new chemicals & substances which harm us; global warming, environmental decline plus the disturbing hazards of exploring the greater universe. If a system will only work where power & responsibility are equal, co-ordinate & vested in one place; it seems both our powers & our burden of attendant responsibilities have increased hugely; given the changed terms & conditions of human existence in modernity. The question before us; is where do we find a living God model; one which optimizes the positives, while getting on top of the negatives & bringing them under management. A God or human self-management system, which has proven trustworthy & capable in this role; over time, changing circumstance & constantly changing levels of human development?
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Humanity needs a future; as I have children, grandchildren & may yet live to see my great grandchildren; I am deeply aware of it.
It is our responsibility to directly support those positive forces which seem to support our future; then constructively & ~openly~ engage those forces which seem to threaten said future.
Humanity is humanly fallible; we cannot deify ourselves nor enshrine ourselves as our own God. Early man deified the supposedly pure forces of the natural world; more developed religions deify various forms of abstract Gods which we are able to more constructively develop or self-determine out off. They are held purer & truer than ourselves; in some way exist external to ourselves, but are intimately inter-relational through the process of ~indwelling~ within us.
With regard to the secular ethos which evolved over the last two centuries with attendant decline of the Christian faith; I hold a ~dispensation~ existed for that period.
We had to move from the medieval era, through the industrial age to achieve the knowledge age in very short time-frames & before environmental resourcing were exhausted. I am clear humanity would have had no worthwhile future if we hadn’t.
Yet today the flat-earth civil religions insist all humans are genetically & biologically the same; therefore religious & cultural conditioning make no difference. This fails to address why societies have invested so heavily in specific cultures which produced different social outcomes. It also fails to address the issue as to why the civil religions wish to brainwash & indoctrinate all people into their own belief system, if such will not make any difference to social outcomes. Rather than denigrating the beliefs of others, the onus is on the civil religions to prove their beliefs will produce better social outcomes in the face of a mounting body of evidence they cannot.
By comparison I hold the body of the living God; responsive & adaptive in addressing the primary risk-opportunity challenges of any given era.
Thus during the recent era we were temporarily released from religious restrictions to focus all our energies on practical development, while a one off window of opportunity was open & available.
Yet now we are at the limits of environmental depletion & it is knowledge age accomplished. The human knowledge base has reached critical mass, so will continue to ~grow out of itself~ regardless of kind or unkind circumstance; good or bad management. Simultaneously, environmental depletion, global warming, over-population plus deficit financing have reached critical mass so we have to turn & address these accruing existential crises.
I hold this recent secular dispensation has now ~expired~ so requiring a return to the Christian faith. A faith which itself needs some updating to address the changed terms & conditions of human existence in modernity.
My position is I am under pressure of ~immediacy~ the accruing existential crises faced by humanity have to be dealt with NOW; the new positive potentialities need addressing NOW!
I do not have the luxury of forming a debating society to find the perfect theological solution. I only have the option of forming an ~action-society~ which takes on these matters to the best of our abilities as they exist NOW; & does it NOW!
While some say no one ever had a coherent idea of the Trinity, it has always been remarkably simple. We know the Father when we know God as a remote & distant authority; we know the Son when we know God as intimately close & personal. We know the Holy Spirit as we experience it working within the creation & through we the created. All three are held a monotheism, by reason of their common community… the Most High.
In closing this welcome page, I cannot tell you what questions you should ask about God. You can only look in your own heart for your own questions. I can only tell you the question I ask.
To me the only question is… If humanity is to have any self-respect & merit as a self-determining species;off all the claimants for the title God, which one is most meet for I a human to deify?
My heart answered… In Christ, better people than we would otherwise be.
In Trinity as a whole, a better managed social collective than we would otherwise be.
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The Apostles Creed
This seemed the right place for me to attest…The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into Hades.
The third day he rose from the dead, he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN
Some time ago I spotted about a dozen books grouped together in a public library. They were all looking for an ancient obelisk that had, reportedly got it-self lost, most inconveniently, under sand dunes or under the Dead Sea. Once this hidden decoding key was found, all the secrets of the Bible would be revealed & his kingdom come on earth etc, etc. I was stunned, that a group of educated & intelligent men could devote so much time & effort to this bizarre proposition.
The next day I had a working lunch in a Sydney pub. (as you do)
I pondered the issue… Y-H-W-H is a God bought forth by the Patriarchs.
Who were the Patriarchs… a group of grumpy old men off their times.
Who am I having lunch with today… a group of grumpy old men off my times.
If the Bible is the day to day living guide to mans concerns for all of time, is the hidden key that reveals its secrets; likely to be found in some ancient obelisk that got itself stupidly lost, or more likely to be found in the day to day concerns of responsible & decent living men in our times.
When I look at Abraham, Isaac & Jacob particularly, I find they were not so much learned men, as worldly men with many worldly responsibilities. They were not formally learned to a doctoral or professorial standard as is the office of Rabbi or Bishop. The sum of their worldly experience had led them to believe humanity needed to reform. They were worldly men who had come to cherish the most high God in their hearts. The spirit of God had come upon them. The spirit off the most high God of Israel, specifically. They were men in positions off influence from which they could initiate changes. As such they performed the role of Patrons or sponsors, rather than the role of Rabbi’s, Bishops or Professors.
Thus I am not called to the office of Minister, Priest or Bishop; I do not exercise the Great Commission on behalf of the Son. Rather I find myself called to the role of Patriarch; one of the administrative offices which answers to the Father directly.
It is we the Patriarchs who first bought forth the most high God, & it is we who maintain oversight until the end of time.
If we have to come out of retirement to put it all back on course from time to time….
that’s what we do…
Ken Maynard. Patriarch…family of Abraham