Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Theology of the Cross versus theology of glory related to Unitarianism

My church's Wednesday study group focused tonight on the theology of the cross compared to the theology of glory. I took lots of notes and am working on a good post. The chart used by John H. of Confessing Evangelical was featured in the pastor's handout! It originally came from Don Matzat, I believe.
Anyway, as I was scribbling notes and looking at the descriptions in the bible of people practicing the theology of glory, I started to wonder about Unitarians and their rejection of Jesus as God because God would just never lower himself to come to earth, become a lowly human and die for our sins. I need to re-read my grandfather's book, "Why I am a Unitarian". In that sad book, my grandfather (not the one who just died in the Lord, but my other one who died in 1988) had penciled in numerous comments about how God would never lower himself to come to earth as a human and die for us. I've kept that book turned around in my bookshelf for years. I have difficulty reading my beloved grandfather's writings; they make me shudder and feel physically ill to my stomach. I really don't want my kids to find the book, but I just can't throw it out. I don't want to hide it, either; it stands as a testament to someone who, while baptized and raised as a Christian, came to doubt God's love. He died an awful, painful cancerous death as an old man and no one knows if he ever repented on his death bed. He was not at peace at all. He fought it to the bitter end, my father told me. He said it was one of the most awful things he has seen. That, ultimately, is where the theology of glory leads. Please don't post my comments about my grandfather on your blog...just let this stay here. It's too sad and personal, but definitely worth sharing.

1 comment:

CPA said...

I know what you mean. In my own family, the generation up to my great-grandparents were mostly Christians (one a Methodist bishop, for example), but in my grandparents' and parents' began what I call to myself "the age of atheism and divorce". Many wrote memoirs that are similarly painful to read. But don't throw away that book; it is important not to turn your face away from reality and to steel yourself and keep on marching forward under the cross.