9 February 2015
Individual change to Christ.
The truth of Christianity is about the state of mind that changes a believer's entire life and outlook and actions, for ever. Comming to Christ is about how, what He did, has changed the individual heart (i.e. The whole being of believers) .
Arguing about the virtues of Christianity does involve the lives of Christians as they are sanctified in the risen body of Christ.
If you want to bad mouth Christianity you would have to argue that sanctification in Christ is by and large a bad thing. You would have to show how it prevented moral progress, apart from also being able to set your own standard for moral perfection. The fact remains that Christianity has a history to be proud of, even those parts where moral mistakes have been made. Through Christ the human condition managed to be saved from the chasm of ultimate moral destruction and history has got many witnesses about this.
We do live in an age where there are renewed doubt about Chist and the nature of His salvation. However, at each era of human existence the correct godly influence has played out. God's acts in human history has never been stagnant or like natural laws. This is precisely what constitute the very necessary part of our experience - conscious actions able to perceive and change the flow of nature in a right or wrong way.
God's message through Christ was that freedom to act means freedom to accept sanctification and relationship with God. This include our relationship with the flow of nature as He maintains it. Any conception of God that does not allow for our or His free willed actions into our actual experience, is logically flawed.
Let me try to make an argument to show this;
P1. Conscious actions create abstractions.
P2. Abstractions cannot break the law of identity or the law of non-contradiction or the law of the excluded middle.
P3. Nature cannot describe itself.
P4. No natural law exist that fully predetermine any specific abstraction.
C1. Abstraction are real descernable, freely determined, entities apart from nature or the flow of reality it describe. (i.e. Abstractions are descriptions of something other that itself.) By extention it follows that a consciousness necessarily and freely creates these abstractions, else incoherence follows.
P5. An infinite regress of referential abstractions or explanations is unintelligible.
C2. An absolute standard of any abstraction is necessarily true if an intelligible experience is acknowledged. By extention, unintelligible experiences can only be ignored to maintain functional interactions with reality.
The application of this logic is that only imperfect conscious actions (i.e abstractions being created in a continuous flow of consciousness), can lead something to be actually meaningful in that it is either wrong or right. It is logically impossible for something to be wrong and right at the same time... You always create a new abstraction aiming to describe the same thing but a different aspect and that new abstraction convey a new property that might be right or wrong on its own. Therefore it is not the same thing that is right and wrong at the same time, it is different abstractions about almost the same aspect of reality being described.
Without total perfection... The kind of perfection that can only actualize through a Maximally Great Being - God, all states are equally acceptable and only nihilism can logically follow. But without a standard for perfection in a Maximally Great Being, there also seem to be no coherent abstractions and consciousness seems to be incoherent.
Practically this means that, to describe something needs God to create a coherent flow of reality. The reality that can be described as a reflection of all His actions. Deviations from His perfection and therefore all forms of evil, badness and pain can logically only follow from a willful imperfect being like me and you. God has shown us how this is only our freely chosen reality and how we can be sanctified back into his perfection through Christ. If you deny this reality about the human accountability for all evil in this reality we experience, then you also deny God and are again left with nihilism.
This seems to be how I understand what it means to be created in God's image - able to act freely and take responsibility of our actions, including the ones that change toward or away from Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father in perfect unity.