God is more Post Modern than you thought Pt. 2

In my first article at approached the idea that God may have already been acquainted with what we call post-modernism and in fact warned against it.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
Gen 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,
Gen 3:3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'”
Gen 3:4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
Gen 3:5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Gen 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Gen 3:7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
Gen 3:10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Gen 3:11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
Gen 3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Gen 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Gen 3:14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
Gen 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Gen 3:16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
Gen 3:17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
Gen 3:18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Gen 3:20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
Gen 3:21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
Gen 3:22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”
Gen 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
Gen 3:24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. ESV

The scriptures record this event in order that we may understand that the very first sin is in accord with the mood of Postmodernity. The idea that questioning authority is not our original thought, it was a thought given to them by Satan himself. Irregardless of whether you disagree with talking snakes and deadly trees the truth remains; what is common to sinful men is the fact that they act autonomously, using their own reason and will to define truth and determine what is false and what is true. From this they determine whether or not to use history as a guide and judge for themselves the relevance of truth of past generations as a viable truth for their own generation and finally determine who they believe themselves to be. 

In light of these things, let us consider something of paramount importance. The question was asked, , “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Earlier God had given both Adam and Eve the command not to eat of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but now the question was raised as a sub-text “why the prohibition”? It must be that God is keeping you back from knowledge and that such knowledge does not come with death attached to it. Is this not the postmodern idea? That the commands of those in authority are in effect withholding something beneficial to us? Is that not exactly what was stated in my previous post?

The truth is again just another form of containment, but this time it’s built on words and ideas that may have nothing to do with me or my world. Truth, becomes the law of the oppressor, the prison guard that forbids expression of all that is contradictory to that so-called ‘truth’. The postmodernist says “who wants truth that is nothing more than a verbalized power play”? Historical interpretation again deals with the idea that language does not convey truth to the postmodernist, but an interpretation of events tailored to give one side advantage over another.

What is not recognized is that giving the person what they want can also be manipulative and effect a coercion to entrap and enslave them. There is no one with insight so keen and intuition so sharp that he can avoid all manipulation and yet pretend to own no objective truth. He has no way to interpret manipulation from true freedom, whatever truth he seeks to avoid on one end is pushing to entrapment on the other end. The old old story of the fall of Adam and Eve is not near so irrelevant as postmodernism would have us believe.

There is another danger that forces us to rethink the postmodern mood; the danger of what we autonomously declare to be good and helpful to us is bound to destroy us without remedy. So it is with postmodernism, it has run away from the old meta-narratives that warn of dangers spoken from the mouths of modernists; but what the postmodernist has judged to be good. As was said earlier

Any meta-narrative that prohibits or denies my freedom of expression sexually, morally, verbally or in acts or deeds through art, literature, invention or some form of creativity is an enemy to me.  The postmodernist says I am trapped and condemned by such a narrative. When objective truth is used, it is generally regarded as not objective but subjective and therefore oppressive.

What is it that brought about the fall of Adam and Eve? What helped them to decide to hazard a disobedience to a known command? Satan said “Gen 3:4…You will not surely die.
Gen 3:5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” They believed a lie, a direct contradiction of what God had said. But the disobedience didn’t come by a simple change of mind on their own, a lie was needed to redirect their course of action. For many post-moderns they claim the lie is from the mouth of the modernist that warns them of error and declares truth based upon external sources from themselves. We find now that the postmodernist has no one to trust, he cannot even trust himself to rightly discern the path to take. Am I believing a lie? Or, Am I being told the truth but slanted in order to entrap me somehow? Who can I trust? For many, the answer lay in hap-hazarding their lives in what gives them personal pleasure. To make it simple a trip into nihilism with an avoidance of tackling heavy questions satisfies a number of post moderns. For these people, their course is set upon the guide posts that direct them to personal satisfaction and any deviation from that is not tolerated in their mind.

Lastly, what was not so apparent to Adam and Eve, is held out to us in bold relief; the only way for us to know ‘independent knowledge of good and evil’ is to become evil to gain that knowledge. This is what took place. You may verbalize it in various ways; becoming immoral in order to have the knowledge of morality both good and evil, becoming alienated from God in order to know what God knows. The reality of Adam and Eve is they could only enter into such a knowledge by becoming an enemy to God; in order for Adam and Eve to experience such a knowledge they must reject other explicit knowledge that kept them safe from harm. For what the sinful man desires, he cannot obtain, he is unable to be moral because he is naturally immoral and his parents before him all the way back to Adam were immoral and they understood morality only from the perspective of being immoral.

Is this not the foundation for the greatest heart-ache and the worst of all disasters in the annuls of human history? It is the idea that God’s authoritative word is made to be a hindrance to the knowledge and freedom of humanity. This age old lie is still being promoted under a new banner, the banner of postmodernism. This is not about forcing religion down anyone’s throat or about making people conform to some stereotype behavior, it is about the reality that there is a God that can be known and his love can be known and experienced. This God is not the product of a tyrannical leader seeking to oppress, it is not the conspiracy of many trying to enslave masses, this is the reality of what scripture teaches. God is supposed to be known and loved and our human abilities demonstrate the powerful creative strength of God to make so many individuals with unique characteristics, all of them in some way revealing the true God as creator and originator of uniqueness.

The fall of Adam and Eve show how mankind developed its waywardness, how humanity ever seeks to find a unity of knowledge but cannot conform to that knowledge and cannot agree on what is true and what is false without a guide. You see, God is more postmodern than you thought; He is individual, He is informed and able to discern clearly the path for each of us to take, He is not seeking to quench individual beauty and creativity, he seeks to give to each of us a joy that only comes from finding trust in Jesus Christ and finding hope in Jesus that the future is not a gamble but secure and waiting for us. Jesus Christ is not a buzz-kill, He is in fact the creator of all joy and the reason why humanity loves power, strength, truth, happiness, creativity, community, peace and love. Its because all these things abide in him and are given to us as part of his life giving power through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said it this way.

Joh 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Joh 15:3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Joh 15:6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
Joh 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Joh 15:8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
Joh 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
Joh 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
Joh 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Joh 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Joh 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Joh 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Joh 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Joh 15:17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

The commands of Jesus are for our receiving great things from God, loving one another, knowing and loving God himself and finding community even with those who are your enemies. I believe this is what postmodernism wants, but alas, estranged from God it cannot obtain. But when a man puts his faith in Christ, believes that Christ will forgive his sins and disobedience to God’s word, Jesus will bring forgiveness and cleanse us from all sin and transgression. We will have a new start, a new spirit and a new desire to know God and depend upon him as was originally meant for human kind to do. For the first time, you may obtain knowledge about the world that is not poisoned by your own disobedience and your own immorality, you will be finally free.

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The Gospel in Acts 3

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Act 3:26  God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness. Some background. Luk 24:46  and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, Luk 24:47  and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Now let me take you back to Peter’s sermon to them, mid way.

Act 3:13  The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
Act 3:14  But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
Act 3:15  and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
Act 3:16  And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
Act 3:17  “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
Act 3:18  But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.
Act 3:19  Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Act 3:20  that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
Act 3:21  whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Act 3:22  Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
Act 3:23  And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’
Act 3:24  And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days.

Its important to note that when Jesus preached in Jerusalem, what kind of people were there. We find that the religion was corrupt; the Pharisee’s were ruling the people with hypocrisy, laying heavy burdens on them that they could not bare up under. Even to these Christ said “come unto me…my yoke is easy my burden is light”. They were filled with hatred toward the Samaritans “which the Jews have nothing to do”, hatred toward the Romans which represented their conquered state and pagan occupation. Yet to one these Christ said “I have not found such faith in all Israel”. Even Jesus himself through doing miracles, healings, feeding the multitudes, raising the dead was the subject of their hatred “the Jews sought to kill him”. In the end when Pilate asked ‘shall I release him”? They asked for a murderer to be released instead. But Christ, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross and despised the shame; and again he endured shame from sinners against himself because Christ would have himself a people and reveal his conquering love to the whole world.

So, Christ said “Beginning at Jerusalem”. Here we see God willing to show his great love and great power in the gospel. He instructed his Apostle to preach to Jerusalem first. Christ went to the hardened sinners and declared eternal life; yet mercifully through faith and repentance lovingkindness and tender mercies was to be found. We see it was not to the ignorant pagans at the first, but to the ignorant ones who killed the ‘prince of life’. Christ went to the ones who hated him and screamed at him while bearing the cross to Golgotha. This Christ did to show that his love is toward the worst, the ones who deserve the wrath of God without mitigation, without question…but instead as Peter said “to you first” he is preached in order to turn you all from your wickedness.

The gospel presented to the Jew first is deeper than a prophetic call to a race of people, instead, it is to a people who’s hearts represented the hearts of the whole world. Hearts that are hardened, angry, despising Christ, revengeful, hating the Lord, holding open enmity against God in all forms and with all malice afflicting God’s own Son and God’s own people. Those who should be in covenant love with God are alienated from the life of God by wicked works, hard speeches and covetous practices that must not be restrained by any Holy God. It is to these people Peter begins his ministry and it is to these people that the Holy Spirit is poured out upon. Peter was preaching to no well-wishers of the Christian faith, he was preaching to Christ’s killers and conspirators of evil.

But God is rich in mercy and we see it again and again in Christ’s ministry. Christ did not withhold bread to the hungry even when he knew they would ‘seek the loaves and fishes instead of Him”. He didn’t withhold healing even though he knew they would attempt to deify the Apostles as they acted in faith. He didn’t withhold healing to a Caananite woman’s daughter possessed of a Devil even though she had to fight against her position as “dog” that didn’t have a right to the childrens bread. He didn’t withhold the truth from a cowardly Pharisee that should know these spiritual truths that he asked Christ to explain. He didn’t withhold healing from the weak in faith, a resurrection from those who could only hope to the future and had no faith to roll away a stone of unbelief. The woman with the issue of blood found healing with just a touch, Jesus withheld nothing from her even though her uncleanness barred her from him.  Christ healed the servant of the Chief Priest who had come to take Christ during the night, his ear being cut off is restored. What can be said of all those whom Christ came to and brought God’s tender mercies? The man who for years infirm at the pool, the woman with a spirit of infirmity 18 years, the man with the withered hand? Shall we include begging blind men? Shall we remember that Jesus fed 5000 men plus women and children, then again 4000 who would later attend his crucifixion with jeering and mocking? At his trial where were his defenders? At his scourging where was his advocate? At the crucial hour he was betrayed then denied and finally forsaken. Upon all this suffering it is said “and God crushed him” His soul was made an offering for sin.

Christ again and again comes to meet us where we are weak, where we have no hope and no strength. He suffered for us that he might show how his great forgiving love is greater than their killer-hearts. Paul the Apostle being even more bold says; Eph 2:4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, Eph 2:5  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

Finally, To these most corrupt and most sinful of all, a second warning comes, but not in the way we should think. One should think that these people needed the rocks to fall upon them, that such a judgment as Sodom had received was too good for them. To kill the prince of Life? Should not this be met with the heaviest of punishments? Should not the wrath to be unleashed be greater than anything ever seen? Who would question God for crushing underfoot those who crushed his Son? Who would fault God for avenging his Elect Son with terrible calamities beyond description? Yet,this warning is different. It is not a warning that sinners must flee from God and hide themselves from this wrath. It is a warning that says “This free and gracious mercy is offered to the Jerusalem sinner irrespective of any evil committed to this day, this pardon and offer of hope and forgiveness is available without any offering, without any sacrifices, without any gold or blood.” The warning consists of striking fear into their hearts if they do not run to his free and gracious mercy, if they do not throw themselves at his offer of redemption and tender mercies.

This is the day of salvation, this is the day where all offenses can be forgiven and there is no necessity for anyone to flee from God. God’s anger is not let loose, God’s wrath is stored up but not poured out, God’s judgment is put down and all debt is canceled at the mere confession “I believe Christ has risen from the dead and HE is my LORD.” The astounding offer is heard “flee from sin and run to God who will forgive all, heal and deliver you freely”.

We see what it means to be warned, not with wrath, but that only those who forsake mercy will obtain wrath, those who refuse forgiveness will suffer the punishment for their sins. How terrible is the hearts of some men that will forsake the mercies of God and claim that God is out to punish and destroy them when God has provided every promise necessary for them to lay hold of eternal life. To such men their judgment is just and their punishment is deserved. But we believe better things of you who have tasted of the Spirit of God and have been made partakers of faith, ready to believe this simple gospel.

Some might say “I have sinned so much, I have blasphemed God and I have despised Christ all my life”. To you Christ says “every one of you” is to be turned from their sins so that you may be forgiven.

Another might say “I have never been good, my heart says I am not able to come to Christ as I am” Christ says to you, “let every one of you be turned from your sin”, you are welcome too.

Others have said “I have doubted God all my life, I am likely to have crucified Christ had I the choice, I cannot come” Christ says to you,” I have come to you that you might believe that I am He, every one of you may come unto me and I will in no wise cast him out”.

One says that he is no Jew that the offer is not made to him. Christ says “I have opened my covenant to include everyone that believeth, he that confesseth that I have risen from the dead and come under my Lordship is to be saved” To the Gentiles this covenant with God is offered, the Jew and the Gentile my now live as brothers where there is no Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male of female, for you are all now one in Christ.

Lastly one says “I have heard all my life that I am doomed to destruction, that I am a sinner by birth and there is nothing good in me, I am born to suffer eternal punishment”. To you Christ says listen to me, Everyone of you that hears my voice and believes upon me shall have eternal life, if you hear, then believe, if you believe then come unto me and I will accept you and you shall abide with me forever”.

It behooves us now to accept what we are, sinful men who are offered such a great mercy and great grace that we might be called the sons of God. Christ has come and died and raised again so that we might be made sons of light, children of the Most High. Everyone of us may flee from sin and flee from the punishment to come and learn of the love of Christ which will abide in us. That same Spirit which dwelt in Christ will live in us and teach us all things and we will have an anointing that will reveal all things to us. Repent of remaining alienated from God, put away the demands of sin-allegiance and believe Christ’s offer of free grace.

Jesus Christ welcomes all.

Maybe God is more post modern than we thought? Pt. 1

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The Prophet Isaiah declares;

Isa 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
Isa 40:11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
Isa 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
Isa 40:13 Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel?
Isa 40:14 Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?

Scripture speaks of God as mighty, caring, immense, wise, all knowing; but today the God of scripture is charged with being immoral, uncaring, weak and ignorant. Why? It seems the postmodern mind has determined God does not fit the mold of their conceptions of good or evil. For the post modernist, God is really weak because his claim to unlimited knowledge doesn’t jibe with their inability to reconcile why supposed innocents are left to the slaughter of lunatic gunmen, insane terrorists, exploiting greedy men while God seemingly does nothing about it. For others God is a buzz-kill a party spoiler. To these postmodernist thinkers God represents the fly-in-the-ointment or wrench inside the gears. God gets in the way of a happy conscience that will have all it wants and whatever it wants with no feelings of guilt. “Let no one guilt trip me about homosexuality or about gay marriage”, others say “there is no objective truth, its what we make of every situation, how we describe it, how we define it, we create our own morality and in turn our own ethic, there is no need for ancient standards to invade the individuals freedom”.  For them to jettison ancient standards is to invite freedom from ancient oppressors. What is the upside? Freedom from guilt, freedom from scrutiny, freedom from accountability to others, freedom from adherence to truth statements that are mere perspectives framed in words used to categorize and oppress those who do not agree with those in power.

To other postmodernists, the God of scripture is unable to identify who he/she is. The postmodernist believes they are evolving as a person, changing and moving from idea to idea, need to need; each day and each moment presents to them the school of what it means to be who they are. Situational-ethics is more than a chosen moral act of the moment, its a progression of being, it’s learning what it means to just be themselves in the face of myriads of moral and ethical dilemmas. For some, morphing is necessary part of who they are.  The question arises, how can God know me, I don’t know myself? How can God judge me, I am still learning, still evolving and what I was, I am not now, what I will be has not yet appeared?

The postmodernist worldview is not liberal or democratic per-se, it uses liberalism or a political party as a vehicle to further the individuals own happiness. Much the same way Christians will use the Republican party as a vehicle to pursue modernist and conservative philosophies that are conducive to a Christian lifestyle. Political platforms and philosophies are vehicles, they always have been vehicles. Ask anyone who is thinking about the world, their own place in it and how attitudes and culture affects them and they will tell you that making the whole world liberal is not the goal, making the whole world conservative is not the goal. What is the goal? Its to find a place and a people where they may be free to live as they truly are and express themselves without fear of reprisal. In short, its a place and people that will love and accept them for what they are.  The Postmodernist is seeking community, but community not built upon constraint but freedom, love not hate, tolerance not intolerance, expression not repression. The meta-narratives of the world do not answer the desires within them, religion or atheism can be a vehicle but not in itself the answer. For the postmodernist, they have found that in the past others have sought the same community, but they failed. Why? The postmodernist concludes that the modernist mindset that presupposed the meta-narratives of the past was the poison that eventually killed genuine community.

What were the supports for the meta-narratives? In short, the postmodernist pulls out the main 4 pillars that give the modernist meta-narrative the power to stand . Those four I believe are contained  in this. Personal fulfillment, Objective truth, Historical interpretation, Human identity 1.  Allow me to show you how it appears to work. Personal fulfillment is the acting out of our own personal desires, whereby what we do is loved and appreciated, not just for the act itself but because I am doing it and it represents a clear expression of myself in some form. Any meta-narrative that prohibits or denies my freedom of expression sexually, morally, verbally or in acts or deeds through art, literature, invention or some form of creativity is an enemy to me.  The postmodernist says I am trapped and condemned by such a narrative. When objective truth is used, it is generally regarded as not objective but subjective and therefore oppressive. The truth is again just another form of containment, but this time it’s built on words and ideas that may have nothing to do with me or my world. Truth, becomes the law of the oppressor, the prison guard that forbids expression of all that is contradictory to that so-called ‘truth’. The postmodernist says “who wants truth that is nothing more than a verbalized power play”? Historical interpretation again deals with the idea that language does not convey truth to the postmodernist, but an interpretation of events tailored to give one side advantage over another. The postmodernist says “I don’t agree that history can warn me of a future event, or that it has relevance to my way of living.” Finally human identity used by the modernist is for categorizing people into various ‘kinds’ that do not necessarily fit me and it again is simply a way to corral people into groups for the benefit of others.

Hopefully through some of this, I have represented the postmodernist mindset. No doubt it will not fit all and it might even be errant in some respects considering I am not a postmodernist myself. I do hope that I have at least offered a usable sketch that can take us where I am attempting to go.

Now let us transfer some of these traits of postmodernism to what God has said about himself. It’s fair to give God a hearing, the postmodernist believes he/she should be heard on the mere basis that what they think and feel is important, so too, God should be given the same respect and audience.

I will ask a few basic questions.

1. Is it not fair that God has the right to express himself as he wills?

2. Cannot God who created the world and all that is in it, determine to do what he wills with what he has made without being condemned by those who do not share that same power?

3. Can God know something we do not know, act upon it then proceed to alter the course of multitudes based upon information that we do not have?

4. Is it fair to condemn God according to our standards of morality when postmodernism permits many various expressions of morality and applauds itself for doing so?

5. How can we who do not have the power to know the future or shape our lives with certainty lay claim that God is weak when in fact his actions at any moment are not easily discerned?

6. Why do we humans presume to judge God on the morals and mindset that we have now, when in years past God would have been applauded and vindicated?

7. Is postmodernism saying its the ‘culmination of wisdom and fairness’ for all generations?

You are free to answer these questions for yourself. As a postmodernist its very modern to set the judgment bar to where you judge God cannot jump over it. But is that what postmodernism is about? Is it about making God a villain in order to pretend we are bigger, smarter and more powerful than is reality?

More about God and postmodernism to come.

1. Take from Kevin Vanhoozer’s work mentioned in Alister McGrath’s book Mere Apologetics Baker Books pg.33-34.