Statement of Faith & Beliefs (the important stuff):
sola scriptura – the Bible alone is our rule of faith ‘n’ manners, when it comes to God and all things his, its best to start and finish with what he’s given us in special revelation.
sola gratia – I rejoice in a salvation that is entirely God’s doing, given to me freely in Christ, and secured not by my subsequent obedience, but the eternal satisfaction God the Father finds in God the Son.
sola fide – faith, not works, is all my God asks: that I trust my very life in his hands, as I am led by the God the Spirit, who enables faith. Of course, faith without works is dead, so lets us show our faith by our works.
solus Christus – Christ alone is the author of salvation, but he so much more, the creator and sustainer of the universe, the revelation of the divine glory of God, the reconciliation between God and man.
soli Deo gloria – God alone deserves the glory; my guide for life is the question, “Who gets the glory?” – often I fail here, but praise be, he still gets the glory in the end.
Oh, yeah… by the way, I’m a Calvinist – but not the “dour Scottish” stereotype.
I’m alarmed at the number of people who visit this blog and assume that I mix Christian Theology with the Jedi-mythos. To be clear, I don’t. Calling myself Jedirev was a bit of silliness that started a few years ago, because, as I said, I’m a minister and I own a lightsaber (actually, it’s long since broken – and my wife may have consigned it to the trash). Star Wars is science fantasy – it is not real, Jedi mind tricks don’t work (although, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for), and as a world-view it’s seriously deficient (not least because, with our level of technology, you can’t complete your Jedi training and build your own lightsaber).
And while today Jediism is a bit of an odd “religion” remember, it only came about because George Lucas writes some aweful dialogue. Admiral Motti is dismissive of Vader’s confidence in The Force, saying, “Your sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you enough clairvoyance to find the rebels’ hidden fortress…” If people want to build a religion on a piece of typically hammy George Lucas dialogue, go for it – but it’s a rubbish epistemology. (What ever nonsense was spawned in Episodes I – III is the Jedi equivalent of the Gospel of Judas – a late Gnostic addition to the accepted orthodox canon.)
But let’s get one thing clear. Obi Wan did say, “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire.” I’m not sure that goal is dishonourable.
Sinner saved by Grace