If controversy is the heart of Adventist theology, is it not, by now, apparent that Adventism has heart trouble?
In fact, is it not true that Adventism has created another Gospel, one foreign to the Scriptures?
Graham Maxwell: Now we know there is a whole vast universe of intelligent beings, all involved in what went wrong, sinless angels included.
The book of Revelation was given to help us see that larger view.
And what went wrong in the universe went wrong before we humans ever came into existence, and God proposed to set that right.
#We know that he created this world to provide the setting within which he would set things right.
So we are a spectacle to the whole universe, as here on this world God did the things that set the universe right again—WHETHER WE HUMANS ARE SAVED OR NOT</.b>.
#Please see: John 3:16.
Perhaps Graham Maxwell was trying to provide damage control for the view of God that the Bible spells out in graphic detail throughout.
In my opinion, exponentially more theodicy problems were generated by Maxwell’s story weaving than we had when we just agreed on forensic atonement. (See above!)
And the Servant God book orbits around this Maxwell story-weaving, which has only dug Adventism’s cultic hole deeper, in my opinion.
This is greatly complicated by the double bind at the heart of it all that we are forbidden to notice, namely that what are considered “Satan’s lies” about God are the very ways Scripture itself describes God, and quotes God, in black and white on the thin pages of every Bible I’ve ever owned.
Far from being “virus control for the mind,” this “larger view” does violence to our minds, our emotions, our spirits.
Graham Maxwell: Well, you start with the war—if you can grant the war.
Now if you can’t grant the war, you can’t grant the Great Controversy so you have to find some other way to do this.
I cannot grant the “war.” I do not believe God has enemies.
I believe we have projected our inner conflicts on each other, and onto God and the whole cosmos, and then grandiosely imagined that God needed us to help solve his reputation “problem.”
I think all of this manufactured drama is puerile, and not even interesting, but tragic, as it creates endless social abuses.
I believe that God is ineffably wise. And patient.