It is a reality of life that we all make assumptions. There’s no getting past that fact. What is important is to identify our assumptions and test them using an appropriate theological method. Before moving on to more specific issues relating to Christian worship, which I’ve previously identified as something I intend to write upon this year, I need to summarise a significant theological assumption of mine. I recognise that this impacts much of my thinking and my own approach to worship, but having thought through many of the implications of this assumption I would like to suggest that I find it appropriate. Here it is:
I assume that the purpose of life is to live in relationship with God, humanity and all of creation.
This is based on an understanding of God as primarily a relational God. This is observed both in the Trinity and in the way God has revealed himself throughout history. The Triune God created from within the Divine relationship in order to extend that relationship towards creation. Sin disrupted the relationship between God and his creation, but also within creation itself, in a way that humanity cannot possibly restore on its own. Even though this relationship with God is disturbed (but not yet destroyed) the faithful party (God) continues to remain faithful and never abandons his people. He continuously pursue humanity because of his love and desire to restore the relationship he created them for, even while they are disobedient. Whilst God justly disciplines unfaithfulness, even so he graciously extends himself towards the completely underserving in order to restore the relationship to where he intends it to be.