The word “epochalypsis” is purely a creation, a play-on-words, if you will:
1 an extended period of time usually characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events
(Greek: apok·á·lypsis; “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”)
1 is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted.
Take a little etymological liberty and you get epochalypsis: the age of the unveiling.
Unveiling? Am I really that arrogant to think that I have some new revelation or secret teaching of God??
Not at all.
In fact, the word “unveiling” may be a bit inadequate, both metaphorically and literally. Perhaps we should consider it a “re-unveiling”. Everything I write about here has all been disclosed, understood, shared and practiced by early Christians for hundreds of years! I am not generating any new revelations of God. I am only re-introducing radical truths and concepts that have been largely forgotten, overridden, or hidden (mainly since the 17th century Age of Enlightenment):
The Kingdom: God’s True Purpose for Man
- The foundation of God’s character is passion for justice and equality.
- God’s primary concern is the realization of The Kingdom of God on Earth, NOT our individual salvation, because…
Jesus: The Fulfillment of the Law
… Jesus’ execution upon the cross by the Roman empire WAS:
- not simply an act of atonement. It was NOT a substitutionary sacrifice, i.e. He didn’t die (suffer) in our place. Jesus’ execution was a exemplary and participatory sacrifice of compassion. He demonstrated the true cost of the Kingdom. The true price of discipleship.
- a final act of subversion to the empire, the destruction of the temple system, and victory against the dominion of sin.
- an act signifying God’s all-encompassing love and compassion, providing salvation and grace for all people.
Radical Grace: The Key to Living in Christ
- God’s final salvation for us all should allow us to live a transformed life without fear (the root of all sin).
- A fearless life leaves us free to love God and our neighbors as God demands: without excuses.
- Grace empowers us to follow “The Way” of daily living in Christ and dying to the ways of the world.
- To place requirements upon one’s eligibility to receive grace is to negate grace and turn it into a work.
Belief and Faith
Overall, modern Christianity has lost sight of the richness and layered reality of what the concepts of “belief” and “faith” meant to early Christians:
- Belief is not merely a statement of “yes” or “no” about a set of creeds. It is a much deeper act of “loving”, and to “be-love” is to authentically believe. To be-love is to enter into a very dynamic and personal relationship with God. It requires no outside mediator or authority. Your belief, your “be-loving” of God is yours alone.
- Faith is not merely a belief held in spite of evidence to the contrary. It is a blending of many more intrinsic aspects of the word “faith” which as a whole should encompass our understanding of the meaning of faith: assent (agreement), trust, fidelity (loyalty) and gratitude.
What is this website?
This website is my crucible of ideas, my forum to outline and discuss what I see as a new vision for what Christianity could be in the 21st century.
Finally, welcome to The Epochalypsis. Please participate and voice your opinions, whether supportive or not: I WANT DEBATE. I want copious amounts of intelligent, insightful, and provocative discussions to abound and bear fruit on this site!
Grace and peace!