The Glorious Befitting of the Religion of Christ

Only in Christianity is the whole person and experience of mankind revealed and felt. The mystery of man begetting himself to another generation, father to son, passing down everything that he is—this great mystery is seen in the Father begetting the Son. And yet, the circle of the family is completed, and the sanctity of the sexes fulfilled when the holy mother brings forth new life by the birth of the baby Jesus. But this life is new life, life that can only come from God, showing us that our instinct that this life is not what it should be, nor all that there is—this instinct for a greater type of existence and life is a true instinct for there is new life in and by God.

At the cross we see all our pains, and sicknesses, and sorrows, and sins, and finally our death shown in such a way that only could come from man. Never more clearly are our sufferings realized then by gazing at this bloody cross. And yet, at the very same time, right alongside this great tragedy, we see the obedience, the faithfulness, the heroism that man was made for. The heroism that is shadowed by a soldier dying by obeying orders, or the fireman rushing into the face of certain death to save a burning child, the sacrifice of one for another—this heroism is fulfilled and translated at the cross. By gazing at the passion, our suspicion that man is both a tragedy and a hero is confirmed. Our instinct that makes us homesick even when at home, this instinct that man was made for something else  different from this life of pain is completed.

But yet, just as our sorrows and pains and death are experienced and seen at the cross, even more at the resurrection of the dead do we find our hopes, our desires for peace and long life, our joy—only here do we find our dreams fulfilled. Here our greatest desire is shown to be true and to be something that will be met. Death will be overcome by Life. The Light will extinguish the Darkness. In the end, past all our sorrows, past all our sickness, and even in the midst of our deathbed, Evil will not prevail, but our hope of a life beyond this life of tears will come to pass, a greater existence awaits.

And finally, at the Ascension of the Worthy One, our fears that chaos rules all things, and that we are alone, and that we are merely creatures of dust floating on a dust ball guided only by chance and at anytime our arbitrary existence can come to an end—these fears are shown to be the only truly false instincts we possess. For there is a King above all things. There is a Being of Will who sits on the throne of creation and who guides all things by his Will. And beyond this reality of sovereignty, rising above it like glorious smoke from ashes, is the awesome truth that this Being is Love. So finally our greatest need to be loved is realized, and the only worthy Object of our Love revealed.

None of the religions of history or of today can even begin to hold a candle to how Christianity fulfils the being, existence, and holistic experience of man. Even if all religions were false and there truly were no God. Even if we truly are alone, and our desires and dreams are meaningless. Even if that were the case, still on a qualitative level, none of the other religions can even approach the mountain on whose mountaintop sits the Great Religion of Christ.

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Christian Marriage, Part 4- Condemnation of Certain Acts Associated with Marriage

This is the final part of a four-part series on Christian Marriage. As I have said in each of the posts, please go back and read the other posts, because the posts only make sense if they are read together. This is especially true of this post, because if read on its own it would seem to simply be  a condemnation of certain sexual acts that most Christians would already agree are wrong.

But the purpose for this post is to tie up the loose ends of the prior posts. The prior posts were dealing with other Christian Dogmas that influence the Christian understanding of Marriage, and so I tried not to digress outside of the realm of the Dogmas and the truth they provide. As such, I wasn’t able to address more directly certain sexual acts that are connected with Marriage, and so this final post deals with those acts in light of the truths spoken of in the other posts.

The first two sections of the post are about particular sexual sins. The last part of the post is an aside concerning a qualification about the condemnation of divorce that was mentioned in the first post. This section deals with the so-called “exception clause” of Matthew 19 and how this phrase of Jesus’ is to be understood in light of the prior dogmas mentioned in the other posts.

These issues then wrap up the Christian understanding of Marriage which is based not upon reason, or science, or emotions, but rather on Christian truth by which we understand God’s reality and all issues that are relevant to our pilgrimage here on earth as those who desire to live according to God’s design and wisdom. Thank you for reading this series and I hope that it helps in your future relationships with your spouse and other people.  Continue reading

Christian Marriage, Part 3- The Incarnation as the New Communion

This is the third part in a four-part series on the Doctrine of Christian Marriage. The first part spoke to Christian Marriage as being an Icon of the Trinity; the second part spoke to Christian Marriage being an icon of the Church’s communion with Christ. In this part, I will speak about the Dogma of the Incarnation and how it has changed the nature of communion with God so as to bring in a new type of marital like relationship.

If you have not read the other two parts I would suggest that you do read them along with this third part because none of the parts stand on their own or would give a full picture without the other parts.  Continue reading

Christian Marriage, Part 2- Marriage as an Icon of Jesus Christ and the Church

In the First Part of this series on Christian Marriage I spoke about the Dogma of the Trinity and the Dogma of Creation as being foundations for the doctrine of Christine Marriage. If you have not read that post, I would ask you to please read that first because it is strongly connected to this post. This is a four-part series that speaks about the Doctrine of Christian Marriage. If each part is disconnected from the other parts the full picture is damaged and the doctrine suffers from incoherence and lack.

In this post I will speak about the Dogma of the Church’s Communion with Jesus Christ. For from this communion we get a fuller glimpse into the meaning of Christian marriage and how it is to be lived out before God.  Continue reading

Christian Marriage, Part 1- Marriage as an Icon of the Trinity

I am going to post a 4-part series on the Understanding of Christian Marriage. Each part in the series is dependent on the other parts, so I hope that anyone who reads any one part would go back and read the other parts so the basis for what is being said will be understood.

There are four Dogmas of the Christian church that enlighten and reveal the true nature of marriage and in doing so allow for a Doctrine of Marriage that is uniquely Christian. These four Dogmas are: The Trinity, The Communion of Christ’s Church, The Incarnation, and Creation.

In this first part I want to speak about the Dogma of the Trinity and how it helps in the understanding of Christian marriage. Connected with this discussion will be the Dogma of Creation, for Creation is a result of the communion of the Trinity. Continue reading