Comment taken from Mystical Seeker’s Blog “The Scylla of Orthopraxy and the Charybdis of Orthodoxy”
“The Christian God is personal, and persons have gender.” (Harry)
So by your rationale here Harry – is God a male? Plus the logic is rather – suggestive and not very deep. Being personal – well both man and woman can do that…and God is a Spirit – I am guessing God has this aspect also.
“Fortunately, my opinions really are the right opinions. They really are Orthodox. So I’ll answer any questions you might have.” (Harry)
Orthodox = right opinions – according to Harry. Now that is facetious. Even if orthodoxy were right – how can one be sure they hold to it correctly? Also orthodoxy is quite a movement away from what we find Jesus teaching anyways – in my personal and studied opinion – since orthodoxy seems to think ‘what you believe concerning the character/make-up of God is more important than your actions from believing in that God’.
Find me one place Jesus even so much as does this concerning God – where is his 11 articles of faith concerning what God looks like, the bible, and what atonement means. He never lays one down – unless we count the beatitudes? And the beatitudes are not like articles of faith I have seen in any orthodox church – they actually ask something of the reader (ie: a behavior – like mercy or peace).
The articles of faith – and the orthodox creeds – are beliefs in the sense – we can choose to believe these things about the character of God. But they are not beliefs – in the more gospelic sense – in that they ask not a single thing of you (as in an action).
EX: God is 3 in 1, born of a virgin, and was resurrected after 3 days.
Those beliefs are fine – but they are not beliefs – they are facts or are not facts. These are things that either happened or did not happen. The gospel is not so much concerned with these type of things – as it is with actual beliefs that produce something (ie: a behavior).
EX: God is love, blessed are the merciful, and repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
These are beliefs that require an action. There are the kinds of ideas we find in the gospels all the time. The beatitudes being a prime example.
So for ‘as right’ as you think you are Frank – because you are orthodox – well it doesn’t mean much in some senses – since orthodoxy is overly concerned with facts and not beliefs.