Volume 1 – Why Do we Let This Divide Us
Intro to Book:
This can best be described as a theological treatise on a portion of Biblical truth from a layman’s viewpoint. In this work, I examine the divisive nature of the ‘mystery’ of the Godhead. This division sometimes manifests itself in church “splits” and differing denominations. I propose a way to come together, a path toward unity based upon an acceptance of all scripture, coupled with personal honesty. No one can be totally sure of the nature of God, till the glass through which we see darkly is removed.
In this work, I examine classic doctrinal teachings regarding both the oneness of God and the trinity nature of God. I demonstrate that both views of the nature of Christ fail to take into account the complete teachings of the scriptures on this subject. If neither doctrine can explain all scripture, yet we claim to believe all scripture is true and given by God, then something is in error with both doctrines. I propose an alternate explanation, given in a dream after prayer. It seems to account for almost all scripture touching on this question.
I intentionally used the word ‘almost.’ I’m sure my understanding is also imperfect. But since no doctrine seems to be completely correct, why have we let this issue divide us for so long?
We need a path to follow in a search for truth. A way to reconcile differences between what we and others believe to be truth. How do we acknowledge such differences and still remain brothers? How do we turn our animosity from each other to the true enemy? The final death awaiting a lost and dying world?
The understanding I have been given of God’s nature, is still seen through a glass darkly, So I ran it initially by someone I consider a true man of God. He has been a pastor and minister for around fifty years and a hungry student of scripture that entire time. When I finished, he was just staring at me, making me nervous. So I broke silence to ask if he thought what I had outlined contained truth. His answer rather depressed me and went like this. “I think that’s the absolute truth. If you write it, every man’s hand will be raised against you.”
I will take that chance.