It started off as a comment on Peacebang, but grew too long:
Two of the first things I was taught in my first seminary class: 1) You can't be a unitarian (lower case) and a Christian - and - 2) Revelation is sealed!!! (Emphasis, professor's.)
How sad! How unnecessarily difficult it makes the connection between modern life (with its scientific knowledge) and religion!
When I think of revelation not being sealed, it is with the same joy that I think of A. Powell Davies' phrase about the "illimitable mind."
July 21 marks a long-anticipated day for Harry Potter fans. But it is also a day of sadness for many. This is the last book. There will be no new adventures for the beloved characters.
I use a children's book as an example, because that same delight and excitement at learning new things, having new facts revealed -- don't we still have that in us, for life itself? And I think there is an unnamed promise that it will always be so. That revelation is NOT sealed, and that there will always be more knowledge, more "good stuff" revealed. Long after we are dead and gone, the adventures go on.
I see so much revelation through science, especially medical science; not surprisingly, considering my story. Newsweek recently ran a story that says there is research that indicates what we think about death ... is wrong. When someone has had a heart attack and hasn't been revived within 5 minutes, it was thought that their cells began to die. And then someone looked a little closer and discovered ... no! The cells were still alive! It was when they then began re-oxygenating that the cells began to die. Total change-ola, Batman! So doctors are now experimenting with finding slower, gentler ways to reintroduce oxygen through the body. In one study, they saved 80% of patients ... the "old" (current) way? 15%.
This both floored me and excited me. Wow! We've really had it all wrong! And wow! Think of how this can change things!
And WOW ... if we can be so wrong about something so basic -- whether a person is alive or dead -- just think of all the assumptions that we base on our beliefs upon. There is always something new to learn. Always a potential gain in thinking outside the box, questioning our assumptions. Whether it's the identity of God, or the power of thought, or of how we fit into the universe.
Revelation is not sealed.