Thursday, June 28, 2007

Cause and Effect in the Christian Life?

Thinking through the law of linearity (if you want "B" blessing from life, all you have to do is find the right "A" means) has made me question the role of cause and effect in the Christian life.

The wisdom literature (esp. Proverbs & James) strongly testify to the moral order of the world. If you are righteous, generally you can expect to be blessed and happy. If you are sinful, generally you can expect to be unhappy and cursed. We all know it doesn't always work out that way, which is why we have other wisdom books like Job & Ecclesiastes that speak of the moral order of the world being (from our perspective) hidden & confused; but how is this different from the law of linearity? There are other Scriptures that indicate (e.g., 2 Cor. 9; Malachi 3) that if we give (A) we will be blessed (B). Again, is this different?

Does the law of linearity need to be expanded upon to better fit the breadth of revelation?

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