Ramblings of Silver Blue


21 Jun

A thought.

There seems to be a large uproar over the Episcopalian denomination electing a female as a leader, and for them rejecting a temporary ban on gay bishops.

Now, I’m not trying to stir up any mess here, but I keep hearing one phrase over and over.

Take this post:

{ COLUMBUS, OHIO (6/20/06)-The House of Deputies of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church today overwhelmingly refused to even consider a resolution that affirmed Jesus Christ as the “only name by which any person may be saved.” }

The Episcopalians think that is just too exclusive. They are correct, Christianity is exclusive, but it is meant to be so. Jesus Himself said “No one comes to the Father but through Me.” Not ambiguous is it? If there were any other way one would think that He may have mentioned it? One would also think that if there were any other way outside of the death on the cross that He would have taken it? I don’t begrudge the Episcopalians believing whatever they choose, I am just saying that they should no longer consider themselves to be Christians.

Ok, here’s the problem I have with this. Jesus Himself said “No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Do we know this to be fact? Which of us were there to hear this? To write it down? That particular scripture (John 14:6) was written (as is accepted) somewhere between 80 A.D. and 99 A.D.. That means that anywhere from 80 to almost 100 years passed between when the events happened and when they were written down.

So, we have a large passing of time between events and transcription. Then we have translation problems (let us not forget the 666/616 debacle brought out earlier this year).

The further I go with my walk with God, the more I question that wonderful storybook, “The Bible.” Christians are supposed to accept, without question, that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and that “because the Bible tells me so”.

Sorry, the only way I will EVER accept the Bible as the infallible Word of God, not questioning God’s will, is for GOD to have written the book. Which He did not. Man wrote the Bible, which introduced an element of error.

Therefore, since the world is not the same today as it was in 80-90AD or even 1500 AD, or even 1900 AD, I question how such a book can go for two millenia and not be added to. Some will say “God has said all that needs to be said.”

That, I will only accept in one section of the Bible: “Love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, mind and soul; and love your neighbor as yourself.” That is the most important section of the Bible, IMHO.

This insanity in organized religion (not only in the Episcopalian denomination, but in the Catholic faith, and even within the boundaries of my own UCC denomination) shows me the truth: Man has twisted God’s word and will into preaching hate, discrimination, and injustice.

The world remains in my prayers, but I fear it is too late for the Church. Man’s greed and ego have done more damage than can be repaired, except through the rapture.

2 Responses to “A thought.”

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    punchbuggy Says:

    You might want to read “Misquoting Jesus” by Bart Ehrman. He is a professor down at UNC Chapel Hill, and addresses many of the issues you just raised.

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    punchbuggy Says:

    Sorry for the second post, but IE is giving me fits tonight. IMHO, you’re asking the right questions and making good points. The Bible isn’t always right. Never has been, never will be. I sometimes wonder if people who believe that have honestly read it!

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