Archive for January, 2010

Spiraling

Posted: January 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Reading through the New Testament has become an impossible mission I have no heart for anymore. My mission was to see what the words said when I read them in succession. Perhaps I would see a meaning there that was attractive to me now that I had seen so much science, history and literature that showed me that my former beliefs were false.

I think reading through the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) will suffice. Okay, maybe some of the books written by that Paul guy who sort of screwed everything up theologically.

In the past weeks I have been told that someone is “glad” I’m not a Christian anymore, a person I have never met argued with me that I was never a Christian if I could walk away from it and a few others have sent me prayers that rely on the basis of me believing in prayer.

Recently a friend had come across the Bible being used in a hurtful way. She posted it on facebook and a friend of hers wrote: “I am a big Jesus fan but the Jesus I know and love would never offend or be hateful.”

And here is the crux of the issue. Has this person read the Bible?? It does not say that at all. Jesus was nothing but offensive. One cannot just read the parts about love without the verses before and after. I can only assume this person—and many others—got this lesson of love from the pulpit, rather than seeing it in ink.

Please, read it. Beginning to end. In order. Yes, the order it was laid out or the order it was written. Doesn’t matter. If it still makes sense to you, then live by it. If it doesn’t, then pick any of the other figures born of a virgin, sent to fight evil and dying at 33. There are a few.

But, please, please—show some compassion. Of all my connections on facebook where are the Christians doing something about Haiti?