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The Test

January 16, 2007

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It seems that most of Christianity has adopted an analogy of a test.  The Bible is full of analogies and there are certain ones that certain groups have seemed to concentrate on.

For example some concentrate on a legal metaphor, God as judge and humanity as guilty. Some concentrate on a economic metaphor, where a price must be paid.   Others use the Governmental metaphor where terms like reconciliation and representation and citizenship are used.  There are those that incorporate the military metaphor use terms like battle and defeat

The test is one analogy that I think goes across many denominational line.  Its a thought that this life is a test.  Some people will barely pass, some will make an A.

Some groups believe that the test is fixed.  That everyone is already pegged as a A student or a B student….

Some groups believe that some questions are weighted more than others so you should concentrate on those questions.

Some groups think that how you take the test is as important as passing.  You better not pick up the pencil until told to do so.  You better fill the circles in completely.

The test analogy I think doesn’t take into account for Jesus’ declarations that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, is available.

Its an underlying thought that marries up with the idea that we get folks “saved” and then hang on.  Just get butts into Heaven as Willard puts it.  Its all about a future time in another place.  So what happens here and now only matters to the degree that it increases or decreases our grade.

There seems to be a rediscovering of the teachings that The Kingdom can come on earth as in Heaven.    That God who is all around and in all has a will for what he wants to happen.  For instance how he wants you to treat another person.  When you join in that will The Kingdom breaks through.  And at times the veil is pulled back and we get a glimpse of Heaven, right here, right now.

I am not really sure the test is a good analogy.  If it is then the good news is all you have to do is trust in the teacher.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2007 8:59 am

    The thing about tests is that you either put all your energy into really knowing the information or you cram and memorize long enough to “take the test”. I think God is more concerned with our hearts than our heads. I can “ace” a test on things I have no emotional involvement in….but when my heart is involved, I CARE.

  2. January 16, 2007 11:23 am

    Good post Tommy and I agree with Donna. It IS the difference between things we cram into our heads versus what we really have in our hearts.

  3. January 16, 2007 12:37 pm

    Great food for thought T! If life is a test, then you never know your final grade until you die. Jesus came to give “life in abundance”…that is here and now. We know our grade here and now because through Jesus’ sacrifice we make 100%.

  4. January 16, 2007 10:01 pm

    How does Lee do that? He just says the best thing ever and sounds so natural at it! I love that fella!

    In 4th grade I had major math anxiety and would throw up consistently on the days we had multiplication table tests. I hated those tests and the thought of taking one would ruin my whole day.

    Even now the only math I *really* enjoy is MuteMath! 😉

    But Kingdom living… I can’t get enough of this stuff. I really suck at it most days, but when I get it right… when He reigns in me, my every thought and every word… that is a pretty unforgettable day!

    Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…

    YES!!!

  5. greg permalink
    January 19, 2007 10:45 pm

    did someone say mutemath?

  6. January 19, 2007 10:58 pm

    WHOA NELLIE!!!!

    Greg commented on my blog! What’s the world coming to?

  7. January 20, 2007 3:02 pm

    Wonders never cease!!! Hey Greg! W’sup!

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