Limitation is the central truth of what it means to be human. We exist as finite creatures with longings toward the infinite. Though our passions pull us to boundless Truth, Goodness and Beauty that is fully expressed in God, we are:
- Ensconced in Skin (limited by space and time)
- Dimmed by Awareness (limited in knowledge)
- Grounded in the Physical (limited by power)
Because of this, all attempts at describing Ultimate things are—at their core—approximations of an all-encompassing mystery, shadows on the wall which allude to an Infinite Light.
While limited, we are the ultimate pinnacle of creation, stewards and caretakers of the physical world and each other. We are the only finite beings with a knowledge and allotment of dominion: a sphere of personal power in the created world. To this end, we exist as:
- Actors: Persons with the ability to move, to engage, to express our will, and to change our course within time in order to pursue Ultimate Good.
- Knowers: Persons with the ability to access the “other,” to explore its parts and whole, to be engaged in the process of revelation and exposure of Ultimate Truth.
- Beings: Persons who exist within a sphere of influence and control, whose space, light and darkness affects and influences the embodied space of others; we balance and engage these interactions of personhood in a search for Ultimate Beauty.
Our efforts to steward this dominion are constantly hampered by our limitations, giving us an every-moment choice to surrender our will and power to the will of God to work through and beyond us or to strive push past our limitations in an effort for self-expansion. This second impulse is what is commonly called sin.
God exists. That is to say that Godself* infinitely fills infinite time and space, knowledge and power with Ultimate Good, Truth and Beauty. God is ultimate personhood in relation, expressed to humanity in Trinitarian (Father, Son and Spirit) form; a literal love-in-motion. God is existential and infinite love.
- God as Father/Parent: God is the ultimate source of all creation, and in being so its ultimate fountainhead of existence and good gifts. It is as a perfectly loving parent that God Acts Toward Us.
- God as Jesus/Wisdom’s Child: God is the Logos, the ultimate knowledge and embodied wisdom, existing as Jesus, the Human Being (Son of Man) and perfect Adam. It is as wisdom’s perfect human expression that God Knows Us.
- God as Spirit/Mother: God is the Counselor, the beloved mother impregnated with the glory of Creation. The ultimate offspring of that spirited glory is Jesus, the perfect Human Being. It is as the perfect Breath of Life that God Exists Among Us.
To describe God is to engage only in metaphor and story because God’s infinite existence is a mystery to our limitations.
Because God exists as love in motion, relationality is the central metaphysic of all creation. With the lens of quantum physics we now are affirmed through science that all of existence functions as an inter-connected network of relationships and it is the nature of those relations which give meaning and functional identity to the relations independent members. We see this relationality perfectly exemplified in the giving and receiving of identity within the Trinitarian Life of God:
The Father Begets the Son. They get their identity of Father and Son as one is eternally the source of the other. It is the Son which makes God a Father and the Father which makes God a Beloved Heir. The Spirit expresses Life in Motion by her breath. It is the breath of Life in relation to the will of the Father which makes God a Spirit Mother.
We as humans, then, have no higher aim to take our place in the cosmos as students the way of Jesus: to find our primary identity as beloved children, breathed to life in the Spirit by God. The journey of conscious life is to re-establish all of our other more temporal relations (loves) in the context of this all-defining love we call Grace.
We are who we are because we are loved.
God’s intent is to be found, to reveal Godself to God’s creation and in doing so draw every person into full life through His Son in the power of the Spirit. This revelation presents itself to us primarily as story, the driving meta-narrative the runs through all existence: Creation, Rebellion, Destruction and Renovation. This story is accessible generally through nature, knowledge and human interaction. For this reason, every experience we have and every thought we have is potent with sacred opportunity to be drawn into God’s story. The clearest expression of God’s story is found in the person of Jesus, the Human Being, who:
- Embodied the pinnacle of all Creation (the ultimate Adam)
- Suffered under Exposed Human Rebellion (became Sin on Our Behalf, was made perfect by suffering)
- Experienced the ultimate violence of Destruction (crucified for our transgressions)
- Revealed the power of Renovation (raised to New Life and Ultimate Dominion)
The comprehensive story of God is captured in Scripture which was written for us but was not written to us. By this we mean that the text, while rich in Truth, Goodness and Beauty, is framed in language, culture and knowledge now millennia removed from modern life. To understand and be transformed by Scripture we must first see it through the lens of its original writers and readers and then attempt to approximate it for a modern world.
Because God is Acting, Knowing and Being in all human lives and stories at all times, we see signs of Ultimate Truth, Goodness and Beauty in spheres that are not overtly Christian. We believe this unnamed presence in all redemptive life is what Jesus meant when He said that He was the way, truth and life and no one comes to Father but by Him. We understand this statement to be descriptive, not primarily prescriptive of the ultimate way to human thriving.
Human life is intended to be lived. In Jesus we have the option to every day be liberated from our attempts to overcome our limits. Instead, our bodies, our days, our finite knowledge can be steeped with greater expressions of Ultimate Truth, Goodness and Beauty by surrendering our control to the will of the Father as Jesus did. When we surrender our demand for unlimited power, we experience the infinite power of God to reveal and empower life by the Spirit. In this surrendering we are brought to New Life again (and again and again) with potentially greater and greater spheres of dominion where God’s love for the world can be expressed through us into the competing cultures of our day. All of this culminates in one day when we will see clearly, know fully, be fully liberated to live in the rule of God as His beloved children. This is the ultimate vision of humanity imbued with the Trinitarian Light made available through Faith, Hope and Love and is what the Bible refers to as Heaven.
* Because God is neither male nor female we are limited by the constraints of our existing pronouns. Generally we will use "Godself" as the self-reflexive pronoun instead of "Himself" or "Herself." This is in the tradition of Karl Barth among other theologians.