St. Paul wrote, “When I was a child, I thought as a child…” And he’s right.
We may want to believe that this isn’t the case — that we have always had a homogeneous consistent world-view — but it’s simply impossible.
Reality isn’t monolithic.
Reality — as much as we might crave for it to be otherwise — isn’t fixed.
We often come to new understandings.
And once we come to new understandings, we can’t go back to our old, comfortable ways of thinking.
It’s amazing how often we all willfully pretend otherwise — we continue to associate with people and engage in activities that we know are no longer beneficial to us, purely for nostalgia’s sake.
I listened to a few interviews on the Drew Marshall Show where Drew asked the more traditional guest where they had made or realized change over the course of living out their faith. The answer more often then not was, “They haven’t changed. ” I find this amazing. Christian faith and orthodoxy has been changing ever since the first few decades after Jesus’ death and resurrection and yet they are content to continue thinking as they always have.
If we are Christians that want to be faithful to the historic orthodox and creed’s, at the very lest we would need to become Orthodox. However, this would only bring us back to the fourth century.
There are historical Popes that would be declared Heretics today by the standards of the Catholic Church itself, let alone the Orthodox or Protestant Church. If our faith is not growing; if our theology is not progressing, then we are still acting and thinking like children. This is why I am content to align myself with the Emergent Church- even if I don’t know what that means and even if I do not agree with everything they/I believe.