A Philosophy of Theology
Copyrightę1996 Michael John
The main events described in Scripture and predicted to come are not arbitrary. Nor are they based on myth or mere legend. There are fundamental principles of logic behind many of the proverbs and principles that are written. These principles are not difficult but rely on the most basic precepts of logical deduction that appeal to common sense. And when applied to reality and humanity as a whole, they predict such events as the coming of Messiah, the judgment of God, the resurrection of the dead, the existence of heaven and hell, and the coming of a new heaven and earth. There are even recently discovered scientific observation that tend to support these predictions. This Web site features a book that explains these things.
Yet the truth might be easier than first thought. In retrospect it seems obvious now. I don't understand how we could have missed it for so long. What is the most inspiring cause that we could imagine? What is the most noble theme that is worthy of honor? What knowledge could set a foolish heart straight? What hope could comfort the poor and persecuted? Isn't it the faith that the one who is totally devoted to doing good will ultimately be rewarded? Wouldn't the most just religion seek to honor and worship He who is completely devoted to righteousness? Isn't that the greatest example to all mankind?
And exactly how does one prove sincere in his devotion to doing good? How does one demonstrate his total commitment to what is just? Does one prove his sincerity by indulging in luxury and pleasure and ignoring the needs of the poor and oppressed? Does one prove his commitment by changing his mind or running away at the slightest sign of opposition? Of course not. One proves faithful in his commitment by continuing in his good work in spite of opposition and persecution. And what is the greatest good that one could perform? Is it not to the heal the sick, feed the poor, and preach hope among the people? And what is the greatest persecution that one could face except to be mocked and tortured to death for his beliefs. And what is the greatest vindication one could receive except to be completely restored and rise from the dead? So wouldn't a religion that seeks to honor the greatest cause come to expect such a person to fulfill this hope? It's no wonder the prophets of old predicted the suffering and resurrection of the Messiah. He continued in doing good deeds beyond our expectations, and he preached the hope of eternal life in spite of persecution. Until he was caught and tortured for his beliefs and died for his faith in God. He suffered for the cause of love and proved sincerely devoted to righteousness. That is the very definition of honorable and just. So God raised him from the dead, and he ascended to heaven. And how it should thrill our hearts to honor Him who is completely devoted to righteousness. For that is the same as honoring righteousness itself. And it proves that we know what's just when we see it, and it shows that we do care.
More to come
The book is written with rhyme and rhythm in a poetic style.
After writing and re-writing it, this style seemed to emerge. But
don't let the poetry distract you. I do not use metaphoric
language. The sentence structure is not distorted for the sake of
poetry. And the ideas are developed in a concise and
straightforward manner. The first few pages may seem somewhat
obscure as I describe some of the basic principles on which the
rest of the book may rest. But it quickly moves on to more
traditional subject matter that the reader may find more
interesting. The text of the book is on the left with supporting
comments and references on the right.
The book is divided into 171 short chapters or Internet pages. The right and left arrow buttons are links to the next and previous pages. The first half of the book is devoted to understanding the nature of man and the nature of God. The second half is devoted to events that are prophesied to come with the Judgment of God. Some of these things might be stressful to consider for those who are not acquainted with the subject. Others may find this a useful reference. The book contains quite a few predictions itself. But if you are concerned about what I might say, please understand that I am careful not to mention names or races or nations or systems of government or religions that exist at this time (Written before 1997). Nor do I mention specific types of common sin. Nor do I tell the reader to do anything. I would hope that the reader is able to draw his own conclusions as to what these things mean to his life.
The Table of Contents, , contains chapter headings on the left and supporting articles on the right. The chapter headings are deliberately vague because I did not want to prejudice those reading this book for the first time. The supporting articles are written in more traditional language and speak at greater length about concepts mentioned in the book. These can grow and change with conversation from the readers. And recently, I've added a section in which I share some of the arguments I've had with people on the newsgroups. If you feel you have something constructive to add, I may include your comments as well.
If you find any errors in spelling or grammar, or if you find a hyperlink that no longer works, or if you find a section of the book that is particularly hard to understand, then please be kind enough to let me know by using the button.
May God bless you and give you wisdom and courage and strength as
you meditate on these things.
Your friend in God,
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