Monday, February 09, 2009
'Saving Jesus from the Church'
Talk about scandalous!
Countless thoughtful people are now so disgusted with the marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church that a new Reformation is required in which the purpose of religion itself is reimagined.
Robin Meyers takes the best of biblical scholarship and recasts these core Christian concepts to exhort the church to pursue an alternative vision of the Christian life:
Jesus as Teacher, not Savior
Christianity as Compassion, not Condemnation
Prosperity as Dangerous, not Divine
Discipleship as Obedience, not Control
Religion as Relationship, not Righteousness
This is not a call to the church to move to the far left or to try something brand new. Rather, it is the recovery of something very old. Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to be a Christian and how to follow Jesus' teachings today.
Most definitely unorthodox.
And when did relationship and righteousness square off?
On this last, I understand that the context should be limited to certain quarters of Christianity and that unappetizing titles had to be avoided like,
Saving Jesus from some of the Churches
Saving Jesus from some bad habits of Christianity
Why bother when you can just get an indulgence?
Fundamentalism sucks, that's why, whether it's the suckers manhandled by Constantine, or the reactionaries who retrospectively "created" the Roman "Catholic" Church.
They bring those back, and I'm turning Catholic for the day. Better safe than sorry. Grace is good and all, but, well .... belt and suspenders if you catch my drift.
Last one was in the 70's I think, so they're about due for another.
Big Mac on Good Friday: $1.99
Finishing off a bottle of sacramental wine: $10
Getting all your sins forgiven with a plenary indulgence: Priceless
There are some things money can't buy. Wait. No there aren't. Mastercard.
Wasn't it something to do with 100 year old churches?
From my reading of the bible, Jesus never asks anyone to worship him. He seems to ask people to follow him and I interpret that to mean that we should strive to be like him, to become an enhanced human like he became, capable of healing, knowing minds, maybe knowing the future, etc. (look up the charisms called out in Acts and Corinthians). Be good, do good works. Cause him to want to be YOUR friend.