Growing up, I was always told that the Bible was the inerrant Word of God. What is meant by this is that it is without error or fault in all of its teaching (see The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy). Without even getting into what is considered “correct” canon—as that is not even agreed upon—if something in Scripture says “God said,” then that means “God said.” And if something says “God did,” then that means “God did.” So, for instance, in Numbers 25, when the writer says that God said to Moses, “Take all the chiefs of the people, and impale them in the sun,” then that means this conversation happened just as it is written. God literally, at one point in history, commanded murder so that his anger can be assuaged. And then, when Phinehas does just as God commanded, he is given a peace covenant.
Month: July 2016
This meme was recently circulating around social media, and it featured a claim by conservatives that Christianity isn’t actually taught in churches. From my perspective however, that is exactly what is taught at churches. An American brand of religion called Christianity that often has little to do with the actual teachings and example of Jesus of Nazareth. Here’s what I mean:
Have you ever tried to articulate your progressive / evolving / emergent reasons for remaining a follower of Jesus, without it being primarily focused around what you no longer believe? I took a shot at figuring out what still resonates.
My 7 “At Some Points” of Jesism…
1) At some point in our lives we all naturally deal with self-centeredness. We sometimes think (at least subconsciously) that the world revolves around us – and we tend to take ourselves way too seriously. But Jesus said to put others first. He said if we want to know love, we must give love to others as we would expect to be loved. He said if we want to find ourselves, we must first lose ourselves. That still resonates…
This is a topic often discussed within Jesism, because once we understand what the Bible is and where it came from, we can figure out how to orient to it and how to still find the good in it. While at the same time not feeling compelled to view it as the inerrant word of God. The below except is from the blog Jesus Without Baggage and offers a good take on the subject:
Modern Christianity often ignores much of the core teachings and example of Jesus. In fact, it seems to disdain it at times. Simplicity, peace, and humility are looked at as weakness throughout much of the Christian west. But the historical words and example of Jesus revolved around finding joy, gratitude, compassion, peace, non-duality (no separation of God from us), humility, non-attachment, simplicity, and non-judgement. In other words, his main message was about experiencing the Kingdom of Heaven right here on earth. Yet not one of those virtues make it into the primary creeds of mainstream Christianity.