Ever start saying something and then later you realize that there is more to it than you thought?
Well such is the little phrase Yes/No that I have found myself saying lately.
People or more to point the literal kind of people, are always trying to get a yes or no answer out of me, to what is clearly a “Yes/No” answer.
Before you accuse me of not letting my yes be yes and my no be no hear me out for a moment.
People who demand a yes or no answer to profoundly infinite and metaphysical questions, are not sincere in the question when they demand a yes or no answer.
For these people the Yes/No answer is perfect it first rejects the idea that Spirit and be made into a mathematical question which has only one answer. Second it keeps you humble as to the depth of your own knowledge concerning a Boundless God. YES/NO is disliked because it leaves room for Maybe I could be wrong.
You see this demand for yes or no answers is the modern-day equivalent to a mid- evil knight asking you if you want to convert with a sword to the back of your neck. It leads to over simplified answers and eventually to a supperficial relationship with the living God.
After all we all know its about the right answers to the right questions right?
Most of the arguments within the modern-day church of Jesus Christ, is a debate about Secondhand Theology. People are so convinced of the rightness of their particular Secondhand Theology, they are convinced others are going to Hell who hold a different Secondhand Theology.
Now that times have changed in the West and unlike the Muslim World you can not be killed for changing ones religious mind. The threat of Hells Fire and its supposed eternal punishment for heretics and all other souls that do not hold to their Orthodoxy is all they have.
The only people Jesus ever threatened with anything like Hell was in fact doctrinally sound people, who would have bet their lives they where in the “I Got Mine Club”.
Their Secondhand Theology they argued had come straight from Moses Himself and therefore the very mouth of God.
They could quote from memory the entire first 5 book of the Bible, and we all know being able to quote Bible Verses carries big time weight with GOD. What they did not realize however was that they way the understood the words of God was all wrong.
The pride of knowing so much scripture and being in command of what it meant was their downfall. They where in no mood to listen to what Jesus had to say about the words meant in their purely spiritual meaning, rather than how it was manipulated by their Secondhand Theologies.
Fast forward a few Thousand Years and we find not much has changed except, the method of crucifying those who disagree with the prevailing “Secondhand Theology.”
ROB BELL and all other free thinkers you keep on writing and speaking against those Secondhand Theologies masquerading as The Voice of God. People are listening because they are tired of Jesus for lease, to all these Secondhand Theologies.
After all as they saying goes “they can’t eat you.”
The other day I found myself in the check out line at Wal-Mart and decided to start a conversation with the couple behind me. After a few attempts which where not successful I prepared to move on, when out of the lady’s purse was produced a “Salvation Tract” in order I assume to save my soul. The tract’s title was “some like it hot” which was a story about hell and the loving God who was sending me there forever, unless I bought into this woman’s version of Armenian Salvation.
Finally she thought it wise to actually know me a little bit and asked me what I did for a living. I shared how I was a Pastor and I how found Tracts impersonal and ineffective tool for leading people to know the Living God. How it seemed to me that the Gospel message does not begin with a the treat of Hell and then a get out of Hell Free card, (JESUS) but rather a journey…
She then became rather indignant concerning my point of view and continued against my protests, to load me up with soul saving tracts. As I walked out the store I wondered to myself how many souls she had indeed saved from Hell, while I placed the tracts in the trash.
Why is it we Think Jesus is just Lord of Chrisitians?
Why Do we think GOD only saves Chrisitians?
How did God’s Love get limited by our Doctrines?
How did “sin of the world” get reduced to only The Church?
Why are we so sure?
How did we get so cold?
Why do we Judge so much?
How do we move beyond why?
LOVE without Agenda
Really I do think that maybe the survival of The Way as Jesus lived it, is the pulling down from its lofty position of authority the false god of Theology. Jesus came to both be and show The Way the children of God are to live in this material world as divine beings, not as some would teach a New Systematic Theology.
Do you see as in the time of Jesus the Lawyers of Theology are running the show again, and once more everything is Literal and Material. The literal letters of the apostles have become the new corner-stone and in doing this these builders have rejected the Father’s Stone (Jesus Christ). Jesus taught that his words where Spirit and Truth, they have now become a burden and a literalism in the hands of the Theologians. Now everything and I mean everything has become an argument over the facts and literal interpretations of the exact meanings of words of phrases. Yes the church has done well in this Material World but it has stopped soaring towards the clouds and has become earth-bound.
Is it any wonder a super class of Lawyer Theologians rules through the fear of Hell and worse yet of believing their facts wrong. And watch out if you dare challenge one of the darling theologians which they have tried to convince us is the faith of Our Fathers, I have but one Father in heaven. How could anyone improve on the wonderful phrase “I am the Way” not speaking about turning that phrase into a very complicated Theology to be believed by verbal agreement, but rather by reaching out in the spirit and grabbing His hand for a walk through life!
You see the Phrase “I am the Resurrection and the Life” is not a teaching about the last days, but rather its a daily opportunity to have “Life and that Life more abundantly.” We must as followers of Jesus and those charged with teaching The Way, not be afraid to lead ourselves and others away from this wasteland of Literal Theology and its Lawyer Prophets.
Jesus taught that it was all about a relationship with the Father and not the Burden of Literal Theology taught by the theologians of His day. The words of Jesus are Spirit and Truth and they can only be embraced in Spirit or Truth or we shall all become way to literal to enjoy this life in Christ he came to give. Don’t live literally but spiritually for He has come that you might have abundant life and liberty my friends.