There is a theological seismic shift taking place.
This is a shift that can be uncomfortable to most of us, simply because we think it threatens our theological position, but I think our theological assumptions should be released, not embraced, especially when put into the proper context of Who it is we believe in.
There is a lens that has been constructed when it comes to belief systems that is detrimental to our knowing rather than knowing about, that construction is the baseline of right/wrong. This is where we say our theological position is right on this subject because of these such and such verses viewed through our _____________ (insert whatever theological lens), and yours is not… and vice versa… and the argument continues with absolutely no movement because we are stuck in the right/wrong belief system. I believe it is time we stop playing the game of right/wrong and try to get to the truth of the matter, regardless if it is uncomfortable with our so called theological bend.
I have heard the statement recently when referring to belief systems that needs to be played out to its fullest in order to understand the simplicity of it:
If it’s new, it isn’t true!
If we follow that thought through, reformation theology is not true, because it is new, Catholic theology is not true because it is new. So where do we begin? How many Christian theologies are there anyhow, and are any of them true?
A brief overview of Christian Theologies. (some 75+ theologies)
There are many theologies: Roman Catholic theology, Pre-Reformation theologies (Alogi- Simonianism); Post-Reformation theologies (Adventism-Universalism); and Contemporary theologies (Black theology-Transcendental theology). However, nowhere in this mix is there mention of Messianic theology, which is from the root of Judaism, which is what Yeshua (Jesus) actually practiced (Following the Moedim- God’s Appointed Times as laid out in the Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles) as well as Shabbat, the Sabbath.
Good overview of Messianic Judaism.
Yes there are Messianic Jews, but where are the Messianic Gentiles? Somewhere in the mix of all the theologies that Yeshua never practiced is where we find all our mainstream Christian circles that practice their own version of what it means to follow Messiah Yeshua.
I am sure you have heard of that famous phrase coined by Charles Sheldon’s book In His Steps– What Would Jesus Do? I think the phrase we should be asking ourselves is not what would Jesus do, but rather What Did Yeshua Do? To be true followers of Messiah, it is not up to our theological bends to help us answer the question WWJD, but we need to go to the source and ask ourselves What Did Yeshua Do, and start from there.
I would love to know your thoughts on this subject, feel free to drop a comment,