How is yours working? Or is it for you as it is for me: there is no box?
Love it my box for God exploded too.
Dogmatic absolutism is God-in-a-box theology. Since God is always bigger than any box [or temple/church] we can build to contain the Holy One, it doesn’t make much sense to spend a lot of time and energy defending the boxes.
There are three recurring reasons why so many people are leaving the IC [institutional church]: 1. Dogmatic absolutism 2. Self-righteous judgmentalism 3. Sectarian triumphalism
All three IC practices support rather than challenge the narcissistic egoism from which conversion/transformation promise to [over time] deliver us.
Dogmatic Self-righteous triumphalism will always be. I won’t leave the IC because despite these reasons (and I’m guilty of all these as well)…..I will love my peeps.
Coincidentally, just this morning, this fellow was thinking of the “box” concept which has been around for a while. Mayhap, too long for the expression to have the effect with which it was originally born.
Sometimes I have gotten wrapped up in whether my thinking ( which is subject to question often ), leading me to wonder whether I am in or out of the mythical container. Conclusion dictates for me, also, that there is no box, and I now simply freewheel any mental process in which I engage.Kind of a DAVID pattern ( whoever he is )
In any case ,critics, critiquers ( is that a word ? ) will decide for themselves whether crazed insanity , simplistic solutions or just plain decision is that I am wrong. And I fully endorse the right for anyone to believe what they believe. It would be nice , though, if one keeps the door open to debate and consideration, no matter how ridiculous certain philosophies may initially appear.
Did anyone ever notice that use of “I” and “me” is sometimes overused in correspondence, I promise not to indulge in that ego factor in this human frame…………..until the next time……………………
My ‘boxes’ stopped working for me a long time ago. Because I always made them in my image.
I have traded boxes in for a person.
The person of the Living God who loves and saves real sinners…like me.
My box started out an explosion as big as the universe. People have been trying to minimalize it for over 2000 years now.
I love this progression. The last image illustrates my idea of God very well–more sublime than any of my boxes. I think bursting the boxes open is exactly what God wants to do with this world.
Just an observation: as long as one’s God is imprisoned in a theological box, so are they!