Maybe it works for you

“Each generation has to create the image of God that works for it.” – Karen Armstrong

Several years ago a family member of mine mother passed away. A neighbor of hers saw her in the grocery store and commented that she was sorry to hear about her mother’s death. My family member thanked her and said her mother was in a better place and no longer suffering. This neighbor responded with this comforting remark, “Only if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior.” 

My view is simple, I believe all human beings will ultimately be restored to a right relationship with God. Yes that includes all the evil people this world has produced. I believe that God’s divine love and mercy is greater than our individual actions, and thoughts. God’s light is simply too bright, even for Adolf Hitler.

Now this flies in the face of those of you who believe that the only door we can enter for salvation and a relationship with God is the one Jesus Christ opened. Certainly my family members neighbor believed that. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe, just maybe Jesus is just one of many paths? The Jews have a path, the Muslims have a path and the Apostle Paul, a Jew, set in motion a path for non-Jews or Gentiles to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Keep in mind, Jesus never claimed that He was divine, His followers decided that after His death, and the doctrine that Jesus had been God in human form wasn’t finalized until the fourth century. Paul was the architect of the Christian faith, not Jesus. Jesus wasn’t here to start a new religion but to fix the one He loved, the one He knew.

For those of you whose response also would have been “Only if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior” you ought to spend a little time exploring the early emergence of the Christian faith. Read about Paul and his battles with James, the brother of Jesus, over the legacy and meaning of Jesus’s existence and the leadership of this new Way. Gain an understanding of when the Gospels were written, long after Jesus’s death, and who they were written for. Each one was intended for a different audience. I am not implying that the Christian faith was simply manufactured but I will tell you that there are more human fingerprints on it than divine ones.

“One of the most characteristic new developments since the 1970s has been the rise of a type of religiosity that we usually call “fundamentalism” in most of the major world religions, including the three religions of God. A highly political spirituality, it is literal and intolerant in its vision.” – Karen Armstrong

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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17 Responses to Maybe it works for you

  1. Nan says:

    Oh my, YES! Excellent post! While I don’t agree with everything you wrote, the message in itself is superb.

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  2. William Tell says:

    On the one hand, I currently believe Jesus didn’t even mean to “fix” Judaism. What he was about was so radically different, that there’s no use even asking what about Judaism he may have intended to “fix.”
    On the other hand, for many people to hear at all what you’ve said here, they must first give up the notion of the inerrancy of the Christian Bible. For many people, that notion is naive. For many others, it is urgently dependent on their zeal to have SOMETHING in life about which one can claim to be absolutely certain.
    That latter is a really tough nut to crack. The same impulse manifests in many different forms in society — politics, #1 — anywhere one sees dogmatism. Fear of uncertainty is very much a current issue for me personally.

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  3. Thanks. Karen Armstrong was instrumental in my ‘life-saving release’ from fundamentalism.

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  4. etherealbeingsinmylife says:

    Thank you so much for this. My son was an atheist and gay so, needless to say, when he took his life, I received similar remarks. I have not been in a church since receiving such loving and kind remarks (please, insert sarcasm). I believe we are ALL god in human form. We need to understand that there are many paths to god. We are all divine and co-creators with the Divine.

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  5. etherealbeingsinmylife says:

    Reblogged this on A Healing Grief and commented:
    This is a MUST read.


  6. Even if your family member’s neighbor felt that way, she should have at least had the compassion to not say so. This was not the time for evangelism.

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  7. Suze says:

    Reblogged this on suziland too or obsolete childhood and commented:
    exactly! This explains my position on religion better than i ever could have expressed it.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Suze says:

    reblogged on suziland too.

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