Welcome! I am expecting some of you are here because of the recent episode of Unbelievable? that I was on. I am writing this a few days before it goes live and publishing it the day afterwards.
This is strange for me as I very rarely release blog posts within a few days after writing them.
In fact, the blog is now officially two years behind… yeah. I write a blog post each week, sometimes two and I don’t count any book reviews towards that number. When I launched the blog in Jan 2020, I had close to a year’s worth in drafts and I now have far more than that as I write more than I release.
That’s fine, as the whole point of this blog is to track my journey from the first moment, I realised I no longer believed in the God I worshipped and preached about every day.
Anyway – with that brief ‘welcome‘ aside, I want to talk about a thought challenge I raised on Unbelievable? yesterday. I am calling it ‘Who cut the String?’.
The string image is trying to establish a possible time, event, moment or active decision when we humans knew God to be real and turned our back on him.
With that idea brought to the forefront I hope to delve into subjects such as freewill and moral praise, but the reflection piece is more around when ‘the fall’ took place and what we class as the catalyst and outcomes of the fall.
I hope that in that place I can dismantle a lot of confusion for people around sin and our need for redemption.
It will be a book one day, I hope, and I want to expand on what I said and reflect as honestly about it as I can. For reference, I am doing an MSc right now and should have it finished mid-2022, at this point I will begin to flesh out more of this, taking past blog posts and other writings I have, pulling them all together and then adding some fresh ideas into the mix. If a book happens, it won’t be for a while.
So… The basic idea is you start at the beginning of the measured universe, which most of us would agree is seconds after the Big Bang, and you place the start of a piece of string there, with a pin. You then pull that string all the way to you today, so you are sat there right now, reading this and holding the end of this bit of string.
The ‘cut’ element is the Fall or the moment that humanity, in whatever form, decided to reject the God it knew to be real and live as God’s themselves.
If sin is real, the piece of string you hold isn’t taught/tight, it’s loose/flexible. So, if it’s loose/flexible, like a Christian would imply via the idea of sin, well then, ‘Who cut the String’?
The main point I wanted to get across is that without a fall, we never had a choice, and if there is no choice then there is no ‘sin’ in the classic Christian sense. Unless you redefine sin as just ‘being conscious’ to the level a human is today, which brings a lot of other problems.
There are many areas I want to explore in this book, but for now I will keep them out of the public view so that I can work them through further myself first.
I want to keep bringing this back to the current dominant Christian view on Sin and the Fall, looking at Genesis for a guide and exploring all of this.
It should also be known that this won’t be a heavily footnoted book, I want it to be an easy read and a reflection piece. I will have sections for extra reading within the book, but the content needs to be accessible for as many as possible.
Towards the end I want to challenge everyone to ask if the string has been cut, and if so, who could really have cut it. I want to propose this as a thought challenge that it isn’t possible to settle within the framework of the God people need to make the concept of Sin plausible to start with.
The idea of sin is one that has haunted me since birth, and it’s only recently I’ve thought about all of this to the point where it just doesn’t make sense and doesn’t make sense in a structured way that I think most people can understand.
My hope is that this book helps those who don’t believe in God to explain why they don’t believe to those who do. For those who do believe in God, I want them to honestly stop and look at the possible options as to why the string they think they hold ‘has been cut’, and if they can really know for certain that it has…
As always, thoughts are welcome and I will respond to as much as I can, but I won’t be sharing much more about this until I near the end of the writing and revision process.
I will be looking for early readers and will be asking some of the guest I have had on the podcast to review, comment and reflect on it so that I can make this as good as possible before it gets published (probably self-published because no one buys books like this anymore).
Maybe I should write a book about wizards or werewolves & vampires… that shit always seems to sell…
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