I joined this facebook group for a few days called Practical Metaphysics. I would term the goings on as progressive thinking, but there are always of course the way out ideas expressed, and the persons who offer them sometimes seem a bit aloof. We call these sort of outlooks by names such as Wicca, etc. It is impossible to totally feel comfortable in such an environment and the urge is to attempt to convert the other person(s) to your ways of thinking. Nothing wrong with that approach as long as everyone taking part has equal status.
Suddenly one person posted a message questioning that others were not doing anything for God. Not taking a stand. I assumed that the person was a Christian, but probably not a very mature one. I found myself the only poster who was able to give her a constructive reply. Everyone else was being nice about it, but saying things like we’re all different and we shouldn’t judge each other but just try to get along, and that sort of sentimentality that is always used to combat our perceived foe traditionally. We try to befriend them and make them less hostile towards ourselves.
My response was Biblical based, and not of my own opinions. That makes a big difference. It sets you apart from those who are merely looking for an easy answer but have no real basis for their conclusions and good wishes for the other person despite their belligerence. And so the argument continues comment after comment among the responses in a circular manner with everyone getting their licks in instead of becoming a closed issue that has been resolved in some way, either Christian or Judaic or pagan, whatever best suits the particular problem, if there is one.
So how did I respond? What was the knowledge that I employed to get a clearer vision of the situation of being accused of not being Christian in purpose, or the perceived view by some persons that Christians don’t do anything, but are simply brainwashed by the ideology of an organized religion.
The concept that God is resting is what I used out of the book of Genesis. The implication is that we should also be resting. Our job is not to rush about and find ways to fix all of the problems in the world, but to rest in the knowledge that God is in control, that things are moving in an orderly fashion towards the preset goals that He has made, and not our own ambitions or plans for the future. Yes, the spirit can convict of something we have left undone or ignored, but that’s not what makes us Christians. Love is at the heart of our relationships with each other. When we lose sight of this, then all the arguments begin to crop in and we lose our sense of charity for others.
When I had this revelation it seemed like my purpose for being in the group had vanished. I made my statement and it seemed like the right time to move on. Whether the people there accepted or rejected my counsel made no difference.
In these sort of situations you instinctively know what you’re up against, and you have to decide if the conversations you are having are accomplishing anything. It takes practice. The thing is to not back down, to be sure of your stance, and deliver it with confidence. Resting, not wrestling, is how you deal with other persons who are becoming combative. People desire a mind satisfying answer to their questions. If you can provide one to them, then you have no reason to be apologetic or defensive about your position. Christians are not jelly fish, but in being timid it shows that you are lacking a back bone.
Christianity began as a philosophy. The Apostle Paul was a Platonist. He was more inspired by Philo and Dionysius than by Moses and the prophets of the Old Testament.
At some point Paul discerned that Christian philosophy must become a religion in order to compete with the other religions of the day. Then began the process of suppressing his earlier works and creating a mythos of Christ’s death on the cross.
It is not for me to say whether or not Christ died on a cross, but this is what Christians are taught to believe in. This is what will save you. This is what will get you into the Kingdom of God, if such a place exists.
The many Gospels of Christ’s life on earth got condensed into 4 major ones. These stories were passed on from eyewitnesses, even though they managed to get some geographical errors into the accounts.
We now believe that the Gospels and epistles were written in places like Ephesus and Alexandria and had little to do with actual events in Palestine or Jerusalem.
The truths, which may not be truths at all, have been ingrained in the Christian consciousness.
How do we react to such a tradition? With skepticism, or with unflinching belief?
On any given Sunday in Christiandom you can hear a sermon on Christian sentimentality. This is the belief that the Bible contains only a certain kind of knowledge, one of the greatest lies that has been perpetrated against Christians.
God said, You shall not eat, and everybody ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You may have read that story in one of the Bible’s most scientific books called Genesis. But will the churches tell what that science is? No, they prefer a fairy tale existence where only the myths are accepted and the truths are covered up with fig leafs.
Just because you don’t see science in the Bible doesn’t mean that it is not there.
And yet, time and time again, the leaders of the church rail against such science. We’ll have none of that, thank you, they roar to their congregational members and visitors. If you want to be for God than first learn what God’s priorities are.
Ok, so we’ve been enlightened about the Gospel and the second coming. Now what?
Absolutely nothing. Life stops at the buck. Fill up the church and stop pestering us about non-essentials like whether it floods or droughts anytime soon. What have we learned from the Bible about such situations. Apparently, nothing. Nothing is said.
We have a lazy brain attitude by our clerics. They think turning off our brains is a good thing. That the ends justifies the means.
You generation of vipers! Christ warned us about you.