Thursday, August 20, 2009

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

What would you say is the most misunderstood aspect of the Christian faith?


Rhett & Valerie said...

Off the top of my head: Jesus' resurrection and it's implications. Number two might be creation, (not the how, but the why). That's my hypothesis.

Greg said...

Thanks. These two are definitely in there. I was wondering about another one being grace.

Rhett & Valerie said...

I suppose I was thinking about grace as being closely connected with the other two: creation as grace/an act and expression of grace, and the gifts that result from the resurrection as demonstrations and expressions of grace.


Greg said...

Yes. Good point. Perhaps, another might be the Holy Spirit. I don't know. Seems like there might be a number of misunderstood aspects, although they would likely have some linkage to each other.

Susan Barnes said...

One thing I find difficult to understand is hope.

Greg said...

Thanks. I agree. Fortunately, hope is rooted in who God is and what he has done, is doing, and will do, but hope too is a difficult one to understand.

reneamac said...

The ecclesial and eschatological implications of the Kingdom of God. Ecclesial because we the church would live differently (and thereby practice the fellowship of believers differently) if we understood the KoG as prime reality and the kingdom of this world as psudo reality.

In order to orient our lives, we have to know which direction to face.

Greg said...

Thanks. So true. These two implications of the KOG are most probably and unfortunately misunderstood because the KOG itself is largely ignored as being able to direct us into reality.

harry coe maynard said...

Hi Greg,

I think the fact that it works, has always ammazed me, when you or someone else is so distrought, and you pray or have Faith and boom, an answered prayer has always asstounded me to the point you don't quite know what to make of it, or where to place it in the real world so to speak..

Like the blind man talking to the Sanhedrin.

Greg said...

Harry coe,
Thanks. So true. We just had a meaningful prayer meeting today and it is truly amazing that God sometimes does answer.

harry coe maynard said...


I say that about prayer as an honest intellectual question. Years ago at L'Abri I could not get over what I consideres the enormose answers to prayer that folks like Jane Smith took so cassually as an every day occurrance.

How do you incorrporate such a thing into a practical phillosiphy.
My Nephews answer was that's why I want be missionary in a foriegn country, you don't care how nutty you act, funny but he's young.

But this is a serious question.


Greg said...

Harry coe,
Indeed prayer and how it works is a serious intellectual and practical question that can contribute to misunderstanding the Christian faith. One point: our faith is to be in God and not per se in prayer.

As to answered prayers happening in particular contexts, I believe that this occurs, but have no plausible explanation as to why in one work or person's life and not another, nor do I believe that this is just the norm and therefore a casual matter. Prayer remains something of a mystery.