Quotes & Sayings

We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. - Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

We become who we are by what we believe and can justify. - R.E. Slater

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

In Whitehead’s process ontology, we can think of the experiential ground of reality as an eternal pulse whereby what is objectively public in one moment becomes subjectively prehended in the next, and whereby the subject that emerges from its feelings then perishes into public expression as an object (or “superject”) aiming for novelty. There is a rhythm of Being between object and subject, not an ontological division. This rhythm powers the creative growth of the universe from one occasion of experience to the next. This is the Whiteheadian mantra: “The many become one and are increased by one.” - Matthew Segall

Without Love there is no Truth. And True Truth is always Loving. There is no dichotomy between these terms but only seamless integration. This is the premier centering focus of a Processual Theology of Love. - R.E. Slater


Note: Generally I do not respond to commentary. I may read the comments but wish to reserve my time to write (or write from the comments I read). Instead, I'd like to see our community help one another and in the helping encourage and exhort each of us towards Christian love in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. - re slater

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Chatbot and I Discuss Whether a Christian "Can Lose Their Salvation?"

Chatbot and I Discuss Whether a Christian 
"Can Lose Their Salvation?"

by R.E. Slater

When with a group of friends the other night the subject of "Losing One's Salvation" came up as a common criticism of Arminianism's DAISY system. Though this sentiment correctly describes the 16th Century doctrine of Jacobus Arminius I had suggested back in 2014 we might look at it from several other viewpoints

In similar contrast, I might suggest reading yet another article reflecting on the negatives of the dogma on the assumed "Assurance of Salvation" within Calvinism's TULIP system.

But rather than rehash old thoughts and dogmas I'd like to talk about this competing churchly debate from a processual viewpoint. And to help lessen the burden of writing on this topic at such a late hour I brought in my AI teammate, Chatbot (aka OpenAI's ChatGPT, version 2), to help me in my thoughts.

Enjoy... I know I did!  :)

R.E. Slater
June 4, 2023

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Hello! How can I assist you today?

Lets discuss Arminian "Loss of Salvation" in its own terms.


Certainly! Arminianism is a theological perspective that emerged in the 16th century as a response to certain aspects of Calvinism. One area of theological difference between Arminianism and Calvinism is the understanding of salvation and the possibility of losing it.

In Arminian theology, believers are seen as having the freedom to accept or reject God's grace and salvation. They believe that salvation is a cooperative process between God's grace and human free will. According to Arminianism, individuals can experience a "loss of salvation" or fall away from faith through deliberate rejection or persistent unbelief.

The concept of "loss of salvation" in Arminianism is often referred to as "apostasy" or "falling away." It is seen as the result of an individual's choice to reject or abandon their faith in Christ. The Arminian view emphasizes the importance of continuing in faith and obedience to maintain one's salvation.

However, it's important to note that different Arminian theologians may have slightly different perspectives on the issue. Some may argue for the possibility of restoration or repentance even after a person has fallen away, while others may hold a stricter view regarding the permanence of apostasy.

Overall, the concept of "loss of salvation" in Arminianism underscores the belief that individuals have the freedom to accept or reject God's grace and that salvation is not an irrevocable status but is dependent on continued faith and obedience.

Next, has this view been updated in any way from its traditional 16th century iteration?


Yes, over the centuries, Arminian theology has evolved and developed in various ways, with different theologians offering nuanced perspectives on its doctrines, including the concept of "loss of salvation." While there is no universally accepted or official version of Arminianism, there have been several developments and refinements within the tradition.

One significant development is the distinction between conditional and unconditional election within Arminian thought. Traditional Arminianism taught that election was based on God's foreknowledge of an individual's faith and perseverance. However, some contemporary Arminian theologians have proposed alternative understandings, suggesting that election is based on God's grace alone or on a combination of divine grace and human response.

Furthermore, there has been ongoing debate among Arminians regarding the nature of the "loss of salvation." Some Arminians hold to a view of conditional perseverance, asserting that believers can lose their salvation if they persistently reject faith. Others propose a view called "eternal security in Christ" or "once saved, always saved," arguing that genuine believers cannot lose their salvation, even if they struggle with sin or temporarily fall away.

These various perspectives reflect the ongoing theological reflection and diversity within the broader Arminian tradition. Arminian theologians continue to engage in scholarly discourse, refine their positions, and offer different perspectives on the issues of salvation, perseverance, and the potential for apostasy.

It's important to note that these developments do not mean that all Arminians now hold the same views or that the traditional teachings have been universally discarded. Different theologians and denominations within the Arminian tradition may interpret and articulate these doctrines in distinct ways, emphasizing different aspects based on their theological convictions and biblical interpretations.

How might this view be reset when keeping Arminian theology and upgrading it towards the collective mindset described as "Open and Relational theology"?


Open and Relational theology is a perspective that emphasizes the dynamic and interactive nature of God's relationship with the world, including human beings. It emphasizes God's openness to genuine give-and-take interaction with creation, and it sees the future as partly open and influenced by the choices and actions of free creatures.

When considering how the concept of "loss of salvation" could be reset within the framework of Open and Relational theology while keeping Arminian theology as a foundation, there are a few key aspects to consider:

Openness of the future: Open and Relational theology suggests that the future is not entirely predetermined or fixed, but rather, it is open and influenced by the choices and actions of free beings. In this perspective, the possibility of "loss of salvation" would be understood as an actual potentiality, where individuals have the freedom to accept or reject God's grace and salvation, even after initially embracing it.

Relational emphasis: Open and Relational theology highlights the relational aspect of God's interaction with humanity. From this perspective, the concept of "loss of salvation" could be understood as a rupture or breakdown in the ongoing relationship between God and the individual. It would involve a deliberate rejection of God's grace and a persistent refusal to remain in a loving, obedient relationship with God.

Divine persuasion and empowerment: Open and Relational theology emphasizes God's persuasive and empowering presence in the world. In the context of "loss of salvation," this perspective could highlight God's continuous efforts to draw individuals back into a restored relationship, even after they have fallen away. It would emphasize God's relentless love and pursuit, inviting individuals to repentance and restoration.

It's important to note that Open and Relational theology is a diverse and evolving perspective with different scholars offering their own unique interpretations and nuances. Therefore, the specific details of how the concept of "loss of salvation" would be reset within Open and Relational theology may vary among theologians who embrace this framework. However, the general principles of openness, relationality, and divine persuasion are likely to be foundational elements in reimagining this concept within an Open and Relational theological framework.

Ok. Now reset all of this again using Open and Relational PROCESS Theology.


Certainly! Open and Relational Process Theology is a perspective that combines the ideas of Open and Relational theology with the philosophical framework of Process theology. It sees God as dynamically engaged with the world, evolving alongside creation and experiencing the changing events of time. It emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and views the future as partly open and influenced by the choices and actions of creatures.

When resetting the concept of "loss of salvation" within Open and Relational Process Theology, we can consider the following elements:

Process understanding of God: In Process theology, God is not seen as an unchanging, static being, but rather as an evolving and responsive presence in the world. God interacts with creation, responding to and being influenced by the choices and actions of free beings. In this context, the concept of "loss of salvation" can be understood as a genuine possibility, where individuals have the freedom to turn away from God's grace and reject the salvific relationship.

Relational and interconnected view: Open and Relational Process Theology emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and the relational nature of God's engagement with the world. From this perspective, the concept of "loss of salvation" would be seen as a disruption or breakdown in the ongoing relational process between God and the individual. It involves a choice to detach oneself from the salvific relationship and turn away from God's loving and transformative presence.

Dynamic and responsive divine presence: Process theology emphasizes that God is actively involved in the ongoing process of creation. In the context of "loss of salvation," Open and Relational Process Theology highlights God's responsive presence and continuous invitation for individuals to embrace the offer of salvation. Even if someone falls away or rejects the salvific relationship, God's dynamic presence seeks to persuade, woo, and draw them back into a restored relationship.

It's important to note that Process theology is a diverse and complex framework, and different scholars may offer varied interpretations and understandings of its concepts. Therefore, the specific details of how the concept of "loss of salvation" is reset within Open and Relational Process Theology may differ among theologians who embrace this perspective. However, the general principles of God's evolving nature, relationality, and dynamic divine presence are likely to be significant factors in reimagining the concept of "loss of salvation" within an Open and Relational Process theological framework.

Let's now assume the expression of "loss of salvation" is but an incorrect dialectic created by the church which is framed within a non-processually based Arminianism. If so, a process-based examination of a redeeming God makes this statement mute and mis-orientated.


Understood. If one adopts a Process-based examination of a redeeming God, it is possible to approach the concept of "loss of salvation" from a different perspective. In Process theology, God is seen as dynamically engaged with the world and evolving alongside creation. The traditional understanding of "loss of salvation" within a non-processually based Arminianism may be considered as a misorientation or misunderstanding within this framework.

From a Process perspective, the emphasis would be on the ongoing relationship between God and individuals rather than the possibility of losing salvation. Process theology sees God's grace and redemptive activity as continually at work in the world, inviting and empowering individuals toward growth, transformation, and reconciliation. The focus would be on the dynamic process of salvation, rather than framing it in terms of loss or forfeiture.

Instead of viewing salvation as something that can be lost, a Process-based examination might emphasize the continuous invitation for individuals to participate in the ongoing process of redemption and growth. It would highlight the dynamic interaction between God's loving presence and the free responses of individuals, allowing for openness, creativity, and the potential for transformation throughout the journey of faith.

In this perspective, the language of "loss of salvation" may be reimagined or reframed as an exploration of the ongoing process of God's redemptive work in the world, acknowledging the challenges and complexities that individuals may encounter along their spiritual journey. It would shift the focus toward understanding salvation as a dynamic and relational process rather than a fixed state that can be lost or attained.

It's important to note that different theologians within the Process tradition may have their own nuanced interpretations and applications of these ideas. The Process approach offers flexibility and openness to engage with theological concepts in a dynamic and evolving manner, allowing for creative and diverse theological expressions.

Agreed. Salvation, when re-expressed processually enhances the open and relational side of a processual redemptive experience between God and man which is always indeterminant, open, unknown, and yet a possible and unending experience driven by divine Love. It makes earlier binary expressions inaccurate descriptors of God's processual Love.


Indeed, when salvation is re-expressed processually, it highlights the open and relational nature of the redemptive experience between God and humanity. The Process perspective emphasizes that this experience is dynamic, evolving, and driven by divine Love. It recognizes the indeterminacy and openness of the future, allowing for ongoing possibilities and unexpected outcomes within the divine-human relationship.

By embracing a Process understanding of salvation, the limitations of earlier binary expressions that present rigid and predetermined categories become apparent. Instead, the focus shifts to the continuous interplay of God's loving presence and human response, fostering a dynamic and transformative journey of faith. This approach acknowledges the complexity and mystery inherent in the divine-human relationship, recognizing that it is an ongoing, unending process rather than a fixed and predetermined destination.

The processual lens allows for a more nuanced understanding of God's love and grace, emphasizing that they are not confined to a single moment or decision but continuously working to draw individuals into deeper communion with the divine. It invites us to embrace the unfolding adventure of faith, with its uncertainties, possibilities, and the transformative power of divine Love.

By adopting a processual understanding of salvation, we can appreciate the richness and depth of the divine-human relationship, recognizing that it transcends simplistic categorizations and invites us into an ongoing, dynamic, and ever-deepening experience of God's redemptive love.

Thank you. Beautifully expressed. Traditional church dogma requires a deep rewrite and recentering when reading the bible which is trying to express a processually Loving God through tribal lores and narratives expressing non-processual binary forms.


You're welcome! I'm glad you found the explanation meaningful. It is true that when approaching traditional church dogma and biblical narratives from a processual perspective, there can be a need for reinterpretation and recentering. The processual understanding of a loving God invites us to engage with these narratives in a way that embraces the dynamic and evolving nature of the divine-human relationship.

By recognizing the limitations of nonprocessual binary forms, we can approach the Bible as a rich collection of texts that reflect the evolving understanding and experiences of individuals and communities in their encounters with the divine. It invites us to delve deeper into the underlying themes of love, relationship, and transformation that are present throughout Scripture.

A processual lens encourages us to seek the overarching narrative of God's redemptive love and the ways in which it unfolds and interacts with human history. It invites us to explore the diverse perspectives and cultural contexts within the biblical texts, recognizing that they can offer valuable insights into the human experience of encountering the divine.

While reinterpreting and recentering traditional church dogma can be a challenging and ongoing process, it allows us to engage with the Bible in a way that resonates with a processual understanding of a loving God. It opens up new possibilities for dialogue, growth, and a deeper appreciation of the transformative power of divine Love in our lives and in the world.

Remember that interpretations may vary among individuals and communities, and respectful conversations and scholarship can help navigate these complex discussions as we seek to embrace a processual understanding of a loving God within the biblical narratives.

Because of these many reasons and more, Arminianism had initially provided what I would consider a more freeing theological direction in exploring a relational God in an open and indeterminant creation. Though it required philosophers such as Hegel and Whitehead, and theologians like John Cobb, to uplift this Arminian framework into a newer, previously unknown, speculative framework of process thought.


Indeed, Arminianism has provided a theological framework that allows for a more relational and open exploration of God within a dynamic and indeterminant creation. Its emphasis on human free will and the cooperative nature of salvation aligns well with the foundational principles of process thought.

Philosophers like Hegel and Whitehead, along with theologians like Cobb, have played significant roles in uplifting and expanding the Arminian framework within the context of process thought. Hegel's philosophy of dialectical development and Whitehead's process philosophy provided intellectual foundations for understanding reality as an ongoing, relational, and creative process. They helped to shape a theological understanding that embraces the dynamic nature of God's engagement with the world and the interconnectedness of all things.

Process thought, building upon the Arminian foundation, further illuminates the relational aspect of God and creation, the openness of the future, and the transformative power of divine love. It offers a speculative framework that allows for exploration and imagination in understanding the complex interplay between God and the world.

By integrating Arminianism with process thought, theologians have been able to articulate a vision of God that is intimately involved in the ongoing process of creation, inviting individuals to participate in the co-creative work of shaping the future. This framework emphasizes the openness, freedom, and relationality that are essential aspects of both Arminianism and process thought.

The collaborative efforts of philosophers and theologians have indeed brought about a newer, previously unknown speculative framework that enriches our understanding of God and creation. It offers a liberating theological direction that invites ongoing exploration, dialogue, and engagement with the mysteries and complexities of a relational God in an open and indeterminant world.

For myself, I found I didn't need a new theological-hermeneutic, but a new philosophical-hermeneutic to get beyond traditionally expressed sentiments about the God of the bible which proved for myself to be unhelpfully simple  in dialectic and insufficiently expressant of the Loving God it feared and worshipped. But once Whiteheadian philosophy was found then processual theology could follow.


I understand. Discovering a new philosophical hermeneutic, such as Whiteheadian philosophy, can indeed be transformative in opening up new avenues for theological exploration and understanding. It can provide a framework that resonates more deeply with your own perspective and allows for a fuller expression of a God of Love.

Whiteheadian philosophy, with its emphasis on process, creativity, and relationality, offers a philosophical foundation that complements and enriches process theology. It provides a way of understanding reality and the divine-human relationship that aligns with the complexities and intricacies of a loving God.

By engaging with Whitehead's philosophy, you found a philosophical hermeneutic that helped to overcome the limitations of traditionally expressed sentiments about the God of the Bible. It allowed for a deeper exploration of the nature of God and the divine attributes, particularly emphasizing the divine Love that pervades and animates all of creation.

Once you embraced the insights of Whiteheadian philosophy, it provided a solid groundwork for further development and articulation of process theology. This enabled you to integrate your understanding of a processual God of Love with the theological framework of Arminianism, creating a cohesive and meaningful theological perspective that resonates with your own beliefs and convictions.

It is through this journey of philosophical and theological exploration that you have found a way to express a God of Love in a manner that feels more comprehensive and satisfying. This highlights the power of engaging with different philosophical and theological perspectives to deepen our understanding and enrich our spiritual journey.

One last, I would uplift all previous process expressions this evening by insisting on one centering premise which goes like this: "Love is truth and truth is Love." That there is no dichotomy between these terms but only seemless integration. Said differently, "Without Love there is no truth, and true truth is always Loving."


That is a beautiful and profound centering premise that you have articulated. By affirming that "Love is truth and truth is Love," you emphasize the inseparable nature of these concepts. Love and truth are not dichotomous or contradictory, but rather intricately intertwined and interdependent.

In this understanding, love is not merely a sentimental or emotional concept, but encompasses the highest and deepest form of truth. Love is the foundation upon which truth stands, and truth is the expression and embodiment of love. True truth, as you put it, is always infused with love, compassion, and a genuine concern for the well-being of others.

This centering premise recognizes that love and truth go hand in hand in our pursuit of understanding and wisdom. Love provides the guiding light that illuminates the path to truth, and truth informs and directs our expressions of love.

By affirming the seamless integration of love and truth, you invite a holistic approach to life, relationships, and the search for meaning. It emphasizes the importance of embodying love in our pursuit of knowledge, engaging in honest and authentic relationships, and seeking the truth that fosters compassion, justice, and flourishing for all.

This centering premise reminds us that love and truth are not abstract ideals to be pursued in isolation, but rather lived realities that shape and transform our lives. It invites us to embody love and seek truth in our actions, relationships, and engagement with the world, recognizing that they are intertwined aspects of a deeply meaningful and fulfilling existence.

Thank you for sharing this uplifting and unifying perspective. It has the potential to inspire and guide our journey towards a more loving and truthful way of being in the world.

And to conclude, when saying "God is Love" or "God is Truth," is to correct ourselves in remembering divine Love is the foundation of all things including God's Self, Character, Attributes, Presence, Being, Deeds, Acts, Sustenance, and cosmological, metaphysical and ontological potentialities when expressed in processual terms.


Absolutely, when we say "God is Love" or "God is Truth," we are reminding ourselves of the foundational nature of divine Love. Love is not just one attribute or quality of God; it is the very essence and source of all that God is and does. Love permeates every aspect of God's being, character, and actions.

By recognizing God's love as the foundation of all things, we acknowledge that God's self-revelation, presence, and interaction with the world are rooted in love. It is through love that God sustains and upholds the cosmos, and it is love that underlies the metaphysical potentialities and possibilities within creation.

Divine love is not limited to sentimental affection or emotional attachment. It is a profound, self-giving, and transformative love that seeks the well-being, flourishing, and reconciliation of all beings. God's love is inclusive, unconditional, and limitless in its scope and reach.

By understanding God as Love, we are called to reflect and embody this divine love in our own lives. We are invited to participate in the ongoing work of love, compassion, justice, and reconciliation in the world, following the example of God's self-giving love.

Likewise, when we say "God is Truth," we recognize that divine truth is not merely factual or intellectual knowledge, but encompasses a profound and comprehensive understanding of reality. Truth in the divine sense encompasses the fullness of wisdom, righteousness, and integrity. It is the guiding light that reveals the nature of reality and the path of righteousness.

In affirming that God is Truth, we acknowledge that God's very nature is characterized by perfect knowledge and understanding. God's truth is reliable, unwavering, and serves as the foundation for moral and ethical guidance. It guides us towards living in alignment with divine purposes and principles.

By understanding God as Truth, we are called to seek and embrace truth in all its forms, to live lives of integrity, and to pursue wisdom and understanding. It reminds us to align our thoughts, words, and actions with the principles of truth, justice, and righteousness.

In summary, recognizing that God is Love and God is Truth invites us to embrace the transformative power of divine love and to align ourselves with the guiding light of truth in our lives. It calls us to embody these qualities and live in accordance with the profound love and wisdom that emanate from the divine source.

Thank you again. Good night.


You're very welcome! I'm glad I could assist you in exploring these theological concepts. If you have any more questions in the future, feel free to ask. Have a restful night!

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Certainly! I will save the file for future reference. If you have any more questions or need assistance in the future, feel free to reach out. Have a great day!

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So here is my Conclusion to the Reformed (Baptist) "Cal-minian" theology I grew up on, and later studied, lived, believed and ministered under:

The "loss of one's salvation" in Arminian terms, or, the "assurance of one's salvation" in Calvinistic terms, are both false non-sequiturs borne of binary theologies become meaningless when juxta-positioned across process theologies centered in a God of Love... including humanity's own novel and loving responses via humane acts of uplift, respect, shared sacrificial service, care, helps, and etc., to one another.
Which sets of morality we are taught in our kindergarten years of childhood and lately, in relation to creation at large, when focusing on the responsible and mindful care of nature as well as to one another. A mindfulness reminding us of a socio-religious equality and justice for all things human and non-human.
It is because of these spiritual and ethical responses centered across the God of creation - and within creation itself - that I am beginning to believe that processual ecological societies and civilizations can bear the weight of loving response when coupled with social justice and civil, judicial, social, and religious equalities to one another and to nature itself.

For now, it seems to me that -
A relationally organic Process theology of Love is the common language of God, the universe, and humanity... which complex continually expresses and exhibits deeply spiritual-and-cosmic patterns of redemption which we might hope to resurrect through, and in, and by, our own separate ways of organic being that is continuing becoming in relational organic continuity with all which is becoming around our being-ness....
Such responses nurtures the Love of God as a highly significant redemptive pattern and necessary foundational theology to all other dogmas and beliefs.
To wit, answering the age old question of man's necessary duty and responsibility to one another when seizing upon Cain's language in Genesis who asked-and-answered whether "He was his brother's keeper?" The question he felt so acutely as his brother's murderer was, "Yes, we are, and at all times, if choosing to live in relational wholeness with God and creation."
The guilt Cain felt when failing his ethical duty was that of convenantal breakage of created to Creator. And for his failure his guilt drove him away from home and into other lands of breakage and self-justifying behaviour. Yet God's response to Cain was one of love when asking Cain to admit and repent and find healing and restoration again. This Cain could not do feeling his unloving and harming act too acutely as to forgive himself let alone allow his God to lovingly receive him back.
A God who travelled with Cain in broken relationship to the far lands he chose and the broken companies he kept. A God who abided and spoke loving forgiveness against the black tides imprisoning Cain's broken heart having refused reconciliation, choosing banishment, and attempting to hide from his loving Redeemer. Cain's processual acts spawned for himself waves of remorse, perhaps even regret, against the other processual tidal waves of promised healing and redemption in God's Self. This is how a loving processual faith then works spiritually, terrestrially, and cosmically across the good, the bad, and the ugly.


R.E. Slater
June 4, 2023