7 Aug 2006

A few things (it’s just the one, really) that I feel I need to get off my chest.

One can only pray that he understand the Bible, the best he can. For to understand it at all is to interpret it in some way — saying one takes the Book literally says nothing. Worse, that his interpretation is the only one. And no one in existence follows all the laws it prescribes to their letter: who was the last to stone their neighbor for not keeping the sabbath? And those who say that they only follow the spirit laid down by our Lord, Jesus Christ; shall we not forget the only two things He told us to do, that the only commandments were to love God, with all the heart, mind and soul; and to love one another as He loved us? When, do I ask, did He ever go about persecuting those who are called “sinners”? Yet, how many times do those who sit in their high seats decry those such as the homosexuals — for to call anyone a sinner, in the formula left us, these are the ones with whom Christ would have sat with at dinner.

Things like evolution vs. creationism: those who would have no part in the actual science: should he not merely say, give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and be done with it? For we should remember that the true prophet will say that, “God spoke to me, a sinner,” while the self-righteous will say, “When we speak, God agrees.” [from: Joy Davidman] How much so is the latter true to those who will say that they know what the Bible truly says? For the truest thing any of us can say is that he doesn’t know. He who holds that is morality is better than the next man: this is the fallacy of the Pharisee: for in the time that our Lord walked, the authorities then had such a manner of thinking. And when those who believe that he does a greater good by committing some smaller crime (or so he believes): let us remember that this was the logic by which our Lord Himself came to be crucified. Let us never forget such things.

I can hope you would have strong feelings about this, one way or another.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:01 am


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    Great thoughts, I’m glad you shared! Speaking of science, I just ordered a book by Francis Collins called “The Language of God” – have you heard of it? He was interviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, and he seems to be an articulate and authoritative writer on the topic of faith and science. I’m hoping the book is good…

    Comment by Steve C — 8 Aug 2006 @ 11:59 pm

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    Hm, I’ll check it out.

    Comment by JD — 9 Aug 2006 @ 6:20 am

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