Monday, April 3, 2006

My take on Christianity

(with a grain of salt)

I see a recent trend in Christian beliefs and practices.  Well, there are several new trends, including one that I find increasingly alarming: charismatics.  But the trend that I am recognizing and hoping to encourage and adopt is one that I believe has been at the heart of humanity since the beginning of time, so you can't entirely say that it is new.  But the popularity is new.  At least from my vantage point.  I am very excited that the trend is becoming more popular. There is entirely too little Love in this world.  And that is what the trend is about: Love.  This trend is the healthy way in which people relate to one another.  The last year and a half I have payed special attention to this trend.  And I think it's time I start to write down some of my observations.  I hope to make this ongoing.  So I'm changing the scope of my inaccurately pessimistic and ignored blog to one more focused on my faith and musings on life and how it relates to God and the world.

As I am a work in progress, so too will this be.  If I post a theory one day, I might decide it's crap the next.  So take my thoughts and posts with a grain of salt.  If I offend you, please accept my apologies ahead of time.  I mean no disrespect to anyone.  This is largely personal at the moment so anything I might say is preliminary and should only be taken for a theory.  If what I find encourages and blesses you, please don't be shy.  Pat me on the back.    Let's discuss it.  I'd like to encourage anyone to give me any thoughts or responses you have to the things I ponder.  If what I say discourages you or pisses you off, then please, by all means, be as shy as you want.   I bite.  Hard sometimes.  Just kidding.  Seriously.  If you disagree with something I have said, let me have it. 

My take on the world and Christianity is at odds to this modern world we find ourselves having to live in.  So I am hoping to bring some sense of order to the people that read this.  Everything that I have read or seen or thought about the Bible, Jesus, and how the rules and requests in the Bible relate to human relationships just seems to work!  But think about how the world works and you can quickly see that THAT does NOT work.  The world is becoming increasingly less cooperative and more individualistic.  The world's way just does not work.  It fragments humanity, reduces the need for love and affection, encourages meaningless relationships, weakens us, stagnates us, and essentially destroys the heart of mankind.  And it's bad for our economy. It also seperates us from God.  But the way we are taught to behave according to the Bible just WORKS.  It binds people. It encourages cooperation. It gives us purpose. It heals us. It challenges us and keeps us strong. And with it, we grow. And we grow closer to God. Plus it's better for our economy.

I'm sure that (if you find this interesting) you want me to explain.  Well I hope to elaborate over time.  For now I will begin with a question for you to think about:

If you are alone (say on a deserted island) is it possible for you to sin?  What constitutes sin? Does it require a relationship with other people? Or can you piss God without pissing off someone else?

I will post my answer later on.