Ok, I don't think anyone really follows this site, but here we go.
I am revising the book I wrote a few years ago. And I had the thought today to do it publicly. If you happen along this site and want to follow along, please feel free to do so. It will be very raw. Do not expect that I will get anything right. And don't think that I believe the things I say until I publish the final product. And even then, don't expect it. I am working out ideas. I am still making my way along the trackless path. But I am afraid that I am so afraid that I err on the side of saying nothing because the thing I see is so hard to describe. Perhaps this will help me to become more brave.
So here we go:
The last great battle will not be fought to determine who is the most religiously observant. It will be fought over who is real. - the true and the pretenders. (Footnote: "He was a liar from the beginning.")
All this brings up the question of what is good? I don't think we know. As a human race, we have thrown off the moral law. No one keeps it. And yet everyone I have ever met has a part of it - a moral sense by which they are trying to live. I have rubbed shoulders with some of the best people on the planet and I have also lived in homeless shelters. And the thing that I have seen is that everyone, no matter how far they have fallen is still talking about what is GOOD. They are trying to establish the moral law. They are trying to figure out what is right. I have met people on meth and heroin who hadn't bathed in years. They live on the streets and are more like animals than people but they still are talking about doing the right thing. And though their views are skewed, they have not stopped measuring themselves by some kind of a standard. I have met others who are religious and they are still talking about the moral law. They claim that they are saved and work hard to convince themselves that it's ok that they are not good people. But even they cannot stop thinking about it to spite the grace they've found. Some others - few - have transcended it. They know that they are not good, and yet they do their work.
Us in The West claim for ourselves the Bible, but we do not live by the laws of morality proscribed in the Bible. And that failure, it appears, will be our downfall. And the East has followed suit. We are all now ONE thing - ripe for...destruction? Surely. The whole of the framework that under-girts our economy, our society, is crumbling. Could we go back to being GOOD? And were we ever GOOD? I don't think so.
And so, what does it mean to be GOOD?
Well, it seems that God is GOOD. Christ, in his human form even rejected the term - "there is none Good but my father which is in heaven."
And so, what is left us? Have we ever, in all of our partaking of the tree of trying to know good and evil ever come to find it? I haven't. I don't know if I am good. I am pretty certain that I am not good. So why not come out into the light and stop "sewing fig leaves to make us aprons" so as to hide our nakedness?