z-theory #9: underpinnings

Please have patience with me as I try to have with myself. I'm thinking out loud here, trying to develop into words something I've seen. I'm trying to articulate something very delicate but I think important. I must admit to you that I am not a philosopher or theologian, but a boy in a man's body, an artist with spiritual leanings, a sinner on a religious path, a simple shepherd with a tiny flock, a dullard with a blog.

I've searched for a construct that is fundamental in furnishing a global perception of reality. The z-theory, so far, has provided me that. All theories are provisional until they are proven wrong or inadequate. I will admit, coming from a Christological perspective, that it has been a most arduous intellectual journey for me, mainly because of the confining influence of the theological exclusivity of Christ that I've embraced for decades. However, along with that admission, I must admit as well that I've also embraced the possibility that the centrality and exclusivity of Christ did not necessarily mean the exclusion of others. Somehow, I've suspected that if Jesus is central and exclusive, he is also universal and inclusive. Even though I can say with a clear conscience that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, I no longer believe that this is necessarily confined to my obviously limited definition of what this means. If Jesus is the All-in-all things, reconciling all things to the Above-All, then there is no possible way my finite mind can comprehend what this means. Indeed, if my understanding of Jesus limits and confines him to a certain demographic, then it would seem to indicate that my understanding is implicitly erroneous because it is limited and limiting.

So, is it possible to investigate to such a fundamental level, a deep and wise plane, to discover that there is no disagreement? If quantum physics can suggest that there is a subtle unity between all things, can this not also be true spiritually or religiously?


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