Sunday, December 11, 2005

 

Jesus: "Left Behind"

The religious right: An inverted image of the religious left.

With both, Jesus is "left behind."

This is a great article.

--ER


By Miroslav Volk
in The Christian Century

A few months ago a friend told me about a conversation he'd had with an atheist in Colorado Springs. That Colorado city, the Mecca of American evangelical Christianity, may be the last place an atheist would feel at home. But there he was, right in the middle of a lion's den. My friend had met him and started talking to him about Jesus. The man was interested. Even those who feel that facing a Christian is like being a piece of meat held out to hungry lions are often attracted to Jesus. After they had studied the Gospels for a few weeks, the atheist's fascination with Jesus grew, but he was puzzled about his spiritual guide. "What kind of Christian are you?" he inquired of my friend. "If you really want to slap a label on me, it should probably be 'evangelical,'" my friend said. "You can't be an evangelical," responded his interlocutor. "You are talking about Jesus!"

Read all about it.

Comments:
Christians of various ilks have been leaving Christ out of their Christianity for all of the last 2000 years. For example in 1209, during the "Albigensian Crusade" against the Cathar heresy in Southern France, the armies of Orthodox Catholicism had been besieging the city of Beziers, defended by the Cathar heretics. Finally they breached the city walls and prepared to storm it. The commander of the crusade, Simon de Montfort, pointed out that not everybody in the city was a heretic, some of them were good Catholics. How should they treat them when they captured the city? A monk who was actually present at the siege recorded the answer of the Papal Legate to the Crusaders, the Abbot of Citeaux, as "Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet." ("Kill them all. God will know his own." ) So the Crusaders followed the order and killed everybody they could find.
This is only one example, a horrendous one albeit, there are hundreds if not thousands of others. So why should we be suprised at the antics of todays extreme "Fundamentalist Christians"?
 
I find as an independant Christian with untraditional beliefs I make better inroads introducing Christ to unbelievers than I do discussing Christ with believers, my discussions with Tim are an example. I really like when idiots focus on events a thousand plus years ago as a pretension for today as they have little to do with it in other than in failed and failing Muslim circles of jihadistan. What has Islam offered to the world beyond jihad terrorism?
 
Nice post ER.

Seems to me someone needs to read it again.
 
My Inaugural Address at the Great White Throne Judgment of the Dead, after I have raptured out billions!

At: http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/spaceman

Your jaw will drop!
 
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