Christian Thinking Is Not Hebrew Thinking | The Day Paul Invited “Theology”

by | Apr 30, 2020

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What is Christian thinking, exactly?

I ought to know. I used to call myself one.

Christian thinking can best be explained in one word. Theology. It is the study of the nature of God and religious belief and theory when developed systematically in an attempt at a new age, or new creation, when combined with community living, but totally set apart from the old way of thinking.

Ancient Hebrew thinking did not necessarily involve a theology. Contrarily, it was a revealed religion which stressed how the Most-High Elohim acts in our life and how He wants us to live in accordance with Scriptures. In Hebrew Scripture, once totally severed from Christian Scripture, there is no theology as we know it today—no new way of thinking.

The inventor of Christian theology was Paul.

Not Matthew. Not Peter. Not James. Not John. Not Jude.

Just Paul.

The Christian is told to see Jesus as the fullness of Torah, and then to think Christianly. The death and resurrection of Israel’s Messiah unveiled a new creation. For Paul, a new creation indicated a completely new way of thinking. This new way of thinking was learning to live within Israel’s Scriptures and the overall story which they told while also comprehending that the story had reached its Telos—its goal. Jesus. The Scriptural narrative would of course need reconfigured going forward. Torah reworked. One must ultimately leave behind Jewish thinking, if they are to participate in the new creation. But this transformation could only occur, Paul reminded us, through the renewing of the mind. Returning to the old way was backwards thinking.

In true Aristotelian philosophy and fashion, Paul’s theologia sought a new physics—a new world which had come to birth in Jesus. It advertised a new ethic—how we were to behave in light of the concluded Torah. And a new knowing. What is this new knowing?

For Paul, new creation thinking was in accordance with Messiah’s mind.

Or—as Aristotle would put it: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

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To this effect, theologian A.W. Tozer has stated, “The beginnings of Christian theology is precisely the cultivation direction, and development of the Messiah’s mind.” Paul wasn’t interested in writing “a first century version of Thomas Aquinas, his ‘Summa Theologica.’ After all, that would have resulted in a church where, all you had to do was to go to the shelf, pull off the relevant volume, and look up the answer. Paul’s aim was different. Of course, that is what some Christians wish the Bible was, and how they sometimes want to treat it. Paul’s letters, like all the Scriptures, aren’t doing that. They’re saying, here’s where you start. This is the direction of travel. Learn to think differently and figure out the route.”

This is why, as Christians, Paul was our Messiah. Our Lord and Savior. He delivered us from the old way of thinking, which is strictly Torah thinking. Sure, the content of the thought mattered. But for Paul, we needed to learn how to think in the new “theologia.”

New physics.

New ethic.

New knowing.

Mind of the Messiah finally unveiled.

Total Gnosticism.

The old age is over. The new age has not yet begun. Paul was enlightened. Paul was leading the charge. Learn to think like the Messiah. No, not the fleshly Messiah, as we knew Him on earth. Learn to think like Paul’s Messiah. The New Creation Spirit Messiah. And no one else but Paul had Messiah’s mind.

Hence, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”

 

-Noel

 

1 Comment

  1. Cheryl

    Excellent work here Noel!

    Psa_19:8 The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.

    Psa_28:7 The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

    Psa_40:8 I take joy in doing Your will, my God, for Your instructions are written on my heart.”

    Psa_57:7 My heart is confident in You, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing Your praises!

    Psa_73:26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.

    Psa_119:11 I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

    Joh_7:38 Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'”

    Luk_24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

    Isa_5:18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them with ropes made of lies, who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!

    The Pharisees have no place in their heart for Our Father’s WORD.

    Joh 5:37 And the Father who sent Me has testified about Me Himself. You have never heard His voice or seen Him face to face,
    Joh 5:38 and you do not have His message in your hearts, because you do not believe Me—the One He sent to you.

    Mat_12:34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

    A bad tree cannot produce good fruit.

    Num_6:24 ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.
    Num_6:25 May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
    Num_6:26 May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace.’

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