The Gospel According to Saint Bastard: Part One of a Series

Fact: Much of modern Christianity is build around concepts, themes and beliefs that are unsupported in Scripture, the Creeds, and the historic teachings of the Faith. I was born and raised in the Church, and while I try to pursue a vibrant faith and in no way have rejected my beliefs, I found that as an adult I began to question tangential teachings found in many churches, and have always tried to check them against Scripture. To people in my generation, I want to say that you have been lied to. People push “Christian” beliefs on us from the time we enter the church, and often we never question what authority figures say. The time has come to take our faith back from the followers of blind tradition and pursue a stripped down, genuine Christian faith unencumbered by useless teaching masquerading as orthodox theology. To the older members of the Church, I want to challenge you to stop passing along crap to the new believers. We only serve to invite disillusionment and rejection when we bundle personal preferences, denominational quibbles, and cultural memes in with the revitalizing, revolutionary faith in Jesus Christ. Stop lying to us!

Too often various beliefs are bundled in with Christianity that are not requisite to salvation or correct doctrine. If a particular belief is not strongly supported in Holy Writ, or is built around a particular interpretation of a few vague verses (ie: a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church, a overly literal interpretation of Revelations, the strict 24-hr. Creation, etc), then it cannot be held to be essential to Faith in Christ. Further, if a viewpoint has historically not been held by the orthodox Church, its validity is in question. For this we turn to the writings of the early Church Fathers, and the commonly accepted creeds.

I am beginning a series of short essays on this theme, analyzing and rejecting extraneous concepts that have culturally burdened Christianity. As appropriate to the month, my first topic, later this week, will be on why Jesus is NOT the "Reason for the Season."

Til then, for your enjoyment, the incomparable Eddie Izzard.

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Anonymous said…
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Dr. Know

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