Love Transcends Space, Time, and Law

The movie Interstellar is well thought out and is spectacular to watch. One conversation just floored me when I saw this movie…it made me think about Love from a new point of view for the first time. Start asking your own questions about Love and what it really means.

I loved the movie Interstellar. I thought the movie was well thought out and the filmography was spectacular to watch. I was completely engulfed in the movie from the start and I was thrown out the end of the movie thinking how small we are in such a vast universe.images One conversation just floored me when I saw this movie…it made me think about Love from a new point of view for the first time. In this scene, the conversation is between Cooper and Dr. Brand on the Endurance space craft as they are deciding which move to make next. What Dr Brand says is what was so eye opening to me. Dr. Brand is in love with a college that is on a potential planet for them to visit to see if it will sustain life. Cooper is letting all those involved in the decision to know that Dr. Brand may be driven by love, instead of science alone, for the college on one of the potential planets. The conversation goes like this…

Cooper: She’s in love with Wolf Edmunds.
Romilly: Is that true?
Brand: Yes. And that makes me want to follow my heart. But maybe we’ve spent too long trying to figure all this out with theory.
Cooper: You’re a scientist, Brand.
Brand: So listen to me, when I say that love isn’t something we invented, it’s observable, powerful. It has to mean something.
Cooper: Love has meaning, yes, social utility, social bonding, child rearing…
Brand: We love people who have died, where’s the social utility in that?
Cooper: None.
Brand: But maybe it means something more, something we can’t yet understand. Maybe it’s some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can’t consciously perceive. I’m drawn across the universe to someone I haven’t seen in a decade. Who, I know, is probably dead. Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can’t understand it yet.

This quick conversation has hit the nail on the head when it comes to why we, as humans, even see, or desire, the stories of Jesus to be true. Even though it is hard to understand…we want the stories to be true because we truly desire for something out there, greater than ourselves, to know we exist…to know we have feelings….to know that we matter and have value…..we want to know that we can be saved. We want to know where we came from and we want to be loved. I have faith there is something out there….and it is has to be Love…and it transcends all space and time, yet we can perceive it and experience it. In addition, and more importantly, Love transcends Law….the very Law we use to condemn others to the judgement of God. Did Jesus show this Love in his life? Is Love a powerful force….the most powerful force in the universe? Is God that eternally powerful force that transcends space, time, Law, and everything else that could possibly be knowable? Let’s explore this a little more…

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“Grasping” for Success cannot be Confused with Love

In my last article, I gave my thoughts on how Jesus did not “grasp” for relevance but knew that Love is the only true revelation of the Father. The idea is presented by Paul in Philippiansdownload (MG book) 2: 1-11, but specifically verse 5 saying,

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”

Most people, in my past experience in churches, would say that Jesus shed his divine nature to become human. I do not believe that this is the best interpretation of what Paul is saying here. In an amazing book called Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology, The author, Michael J. Gorman, makes an excellent point that Paul is saying that Jesus, who empties himself of all conceit and selfish ambition, is showing that this is who God is….The very divine nature of God is “self-emptying”, or Kenotic. This makes so much more sense to me, when reading the Bible, than a lot of traditional interpretations of Protestant Theology. God gives of himself…he shows us the exact definition of Love. The kicker is, a lot of our definitions of love are the exact opposite of the kenosis of Jesus in his life and on the cross. Maybe our thoughts on love and who God is are rooted more in our ideas of who we want God to be? Just think about it….

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Talking to our Kids about the Gospel – Part 1

I want to explain the Good News of Jesus Christ to my kids. However, this is a tough one. Why? Because my wife and I are on a journey ourselves that is asking a lot of big questions. Read this article to start asking your own questions on kids, church, and the good news of Jesus.

I want to explain the Good News of Jesus Christ to my kids. However, this is a tough one. Why? Because my wife and I are on a journey ourselves that is asking a lot of  questions. Big questions that really fly in the face of what we were taught growing up.no brain At times, we look at each other and ask one another, “what do we even say”? “How do we even say it?” We want to raise our kids well and teach them to be the best they can be, just like every other parent in the world, I hope. We want to talk to them about the God that we know. We want to share how the person of Jesus has molded us and shaped us. However, my wife and I both grew up in very fundamentalist christian environments. These were environments that were very dogmatic with no room to deviate from the core beliefs that were rigorously taught every time the doors were open without being “disciplined” by the members. We have come to the conclusion that we want to have conversations with our kids about Jesus without this dogmatic interpretation by churches that we grew up with. We just want them to know about Jesus and what he did. We want them to Love. We want to leave the dogma in the dust. We want them to learn how to think…to think with compassion for humanity. We don’t want them to look at a verse in the bible to determine what to do or how to love, but to know that love comes from viewing others as more important. We want them to be Real. We want them to be Gentle and Merciful with no violent view of God. We want them to be like Jesus….and leave the religion behind. Man are we in trouble…

Influence

I have to question whether or not “influence” is good with in Christianity. Why? Because I can’t help but think that when another is influenced by someone, that someone is trying to make the other move according to what they may seem is right or wrong. The word download“influence” is used very generously in church leadership….. and I understand that. However, is church leadership trying to encourage people to draw closer to the Father or are they influencing them to help preserve an organization in the name of the Father? How can we search our own hearts to make sure that we have pure motives when we “influence” others? Is it a maturity issue deep with in us, or is it something that we may need to avoid as to not be controlling based off of what we may want to accomplish? I believe we all need to wrestle with this within ourselves. I ask, is there freedom in the picture posted to the right?

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Living In The Kingdom

It seems very hard to see these days that people have a choice. Everything appears to be worked out, decided, or even planned for us. From politics to religion….everything has been predetermined for us….or so it seems. imgresBut what if we have a choice and that choice is the most important choice we could ever make? What if this choice is so important that it effects the way others see who Jesus is? What if it is so important that it may determine, through the choice of an individual, whether someone will ever believe in God? That choice is of true freedom. Freedom of Living in the Kingdom of God as our only source of life, self-worth, and wholeness.

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