Friday, October 30, 2015

Doctrinal development as critique

If the collective understanding of "heaven" and "afterlife" is developmental in nature (one only needs to survey the OT to the NT to see this), then on what basis do we know we have got it right right now?

Some called it "progressive revelation", but often such "progress" stops somewhere, usually in the past. If it has stopped, then how do we make of our developmental understanding, which supposedly on-going?

Is revelation really progressive or our understanding that is progressive? Both? If both, then what doctrinal stability do we have at all?

On deeper reflection, could it be that "heaven" is really nothing more than just our developmental understanding?

Could it be that it is just a "[sic]", just a theory without deeper meaning other than the fact that the word "heaven" is being uttered? And our developmental understanding is our attempt to make sense of that utterance?

This investigation doesn't of course stop only at "heaven". More significantly, the same should be asked on the often-used word "spiritual".

Getting at an answer would not only be a linguistical and psychoanalytical but also theological and philosophical breakthrough.

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