Julie and I have spent the last four days in South Florida, speaking on Christian worldview at a women’s retreat (thanks, Tullian!), collecting sea shells on Sanibal Island, and watching drunk old people dance in the streets of Naples (are you sure this is the greatest generation?). The weird part is that I haven’t missed any of my classes, which either means that I have a terrific schedule this semester or I forgot about my Barth class on Friday.
I’m writing this from the airport in Charlotte, so a few hundred hackers probably know my password and are cleaning out what’s left of my 403b. But I wanted to get on and post an interesting analogy from Joel Borofsky (a very sharp college student in Texas. Actually, I’ve never met Joel, so I’m taking his word on this. Here’s hoping he’s not a teenage girl just playing with me).
Here’s Joel’s comment, posted in the thread of “centered-bounded set.” Any thoughts on his analogy?
A man went home over Christmas break and spoke with his grandmother. His grandmother was, sad to say, suffering from dementia. She began to talk to her grandson, telling him how proud she was of it and how much she loved him. Then she began to tell stories about her grandson that never happened. She then spoke of accomplishments he never did, attributes about him that weren’t true, and so on. When the others in the room tried to correct her, she denied it and said she knew her own grandson. Due to this blockage, she still had a relationship with her grandson, but it wasn’t a fulfilling one – he couldn’t open up to her and she couldn’t see him for who he really was.
Why is it when we see a woman like that, we feel sorry for her, pity her, or call her crazy, but when we see someone claiming things about Jesus that aren’t true we call that person “seeking,” “spiritual,” or “Christ-centered”?
Jesus is the center of our focus, but we have to keep in mind that there are certain facts about Jesus was must believe (and certain facts about those facts that must also be believed). There are some facts – such as inerrancy or the virgin birth – that if false, would shake the foundation of our relationship with Christ because we don’t really know Him.
All relationships are based on facts. We believe the fact that the other person exists. We believe other facts – where the person is from, what his name is, what he is like, what he likes to do, etc. Facts don’t rule the relationship or define it, but they are the foundation.