Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just a little quote about Biblical Scholarship

Soren kierkegaard- "the matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.

Take any words in the new testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life willl be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world?

Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian Scholarship is the church's prodigious invention to defend itself against the bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of a living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament."

This is so true. It is scholarship that tells us that the rich young man was just one man and Jesus wouldn't require that of everyone, in fact it isn't even about money, but greed and love of money, and if you don't love money you can have as much as you want, in fact its good to do so. This is what allows us to basically squirm around everything in the gospels that calls us to a higher ideal, yet still allows us to claim steadfastly to the bits that we don't deal with. Like what you do with your genitals becomes hugely important, (though Jesus doesn't talk about it much), but what you do with your wallet isn't. Gee that is convenient.

Jesus modelled and taught a new kingdom, a place amidst these earthly empires, in which things would be done God's way. People that were hungry are fed, sick are cared for, the prideful are cast down, the humble are exalted, that war would be no more, and that we would learn the beauty of love. Love of neighbor, of God, and even of our enemies. But let us instead focus on a few words of belief, and then go to heaven when we die. I am much more concerned with today, and walking in the kingdom today, than I am my future death. That is comin soon enough, that worrying about it wont help, in fact will probably make it worse.



David said...

Matthew 10
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Can you drink deadly poison without effect? Can you heal the sick? What other languages do you speak as a result of believing (not bullshit babble)?

Can't do any of that? Then your Jesus and your belief is pure nonsense.

What did God do yesterday? Nothing.

Gods_Rhema said...

David good to see you still in arguement..
If you saw someone being totally 100% healed, or watched someone drink deadly poison would you believe? I dont think you would.

I didnt believe after I saw Jesus in a vision, I refuted the existance of God, and argued just like you. I had more power in 8 years of witchcraft alone..i thought i had more power influencing poeple for power and for personal gain. Until i humbled myself and asked God if the existance of such an entitity could be proven. He showed me...

Maybe take some time out and listen to what your heart says about goodness, purity, love, helping people. I would bet you cant remember the last time you have done any such things, when was the last time you helped someone from your heart...just for them David?

The way you attack John for his personal belief and love for people shows me you are searching but John doesnt have your have your answers David. The lye between your love for yourself and for others when you discover your love for yourself and for others, then and only then you may find yourself. Not in arguing Gods existance.....within that you argue within you.

I have met many people and have been listening to you scrawl within this blog and have tracked other such musings from you.....your smart. Try doing your thinking within your heart now.

In love