To my Christian readers: this post is meant to be an introduction to a topic, not a perfect explanation of the theology involved in the many concepts presented here. A theological debate may be appropriate for later posts, but it is not for this one. Thank you for your understanding.
To my other readers: if anything at all in here confuses you, please ask me for clarification. I want to be able to talk about these kinds of things in such a way that they can be understood no matter the background of the person reading it.If you read those two notes, or my post from two weeks ago, you're probably scratching your head right now at the title of this one.
Yes, I am a Christian.
No, I am not religious.
(And, yes, I really love messing with people's minds.)