SYNERGY BETWEEN GOD AND HUMANITY 09-11-2014

Our destination isn’t fixed, but flexible. We can change the course of history for the good. Pre-destination is just more of the same top-down relationship (God over us). Life isn’t just what God makes it. It is what we make it in covenant with God.

Process theology proclaims God is intimately mingled with the ambiguities and inconsistencies of this world. God is in history, not removed. God was in the Abolitionist Movement, the Women’s Suffrage Movement, the Civil Rights Movement. God isn’t up there somewhere and us down here. The two intersect; there’s dynamism between the two. This is the practical implication of the incarnation. God became human. God got mixed up with humanity and all its limitations and liabilities. Through Jesus, God is humbled and humanity glorified.

The future isn’t already fully known by God (pre-destination). We’re co-creators with God of the future (free will). The future isn’t only dependent on God. It’s dependent on our choices.

Fundamentalists rely on God and the afterlife too much, often seeing life as a vale of tears to be endured. Secular humanists rely too heavily on humanity, denying transcendence. Both God and humanity are part of the equation. Both sustain one another.

Process theology states the life of faith isn’t totally up to God’s Grace. And it’s not totally up to our efforts. It is about both working cooperatively. Yes, there’s in fact a paradoxical relationship between faith and works (between Romans and James in the New Testament)