“The wisdom of the ancients has been lost on these ego-driven, self-righteous, inerrant, infallible, literalistic religionists. The mystics of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism present a theology of compassion, sacrifice, voluntary poverty, and intelligence.” – LarryPaulBrown
Infallible – incapable of making mistakes or being wrong.
Mystic – a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect.
There are certain verses in the Bible that many Christians have interrupted as God’s (and I guess Jesus to because you know the 3 in 1 thing) position that homosexuality is a sin.
Romans 1:26-27 – “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 19:3-6 – “Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
There are 7,956 verses and 138,020 words in the New Testament. For many, 7,956 infallible verses and 138,020 infallible words.
One of my readers and frequent commentators, the wise, the calm Larry Paul Brown offered the insightful comment above about my post Is Donald Trump the new face of American Christianity?
I responded to Larry Paul that I like the word “mysticism” much better than “infallible” and that for me the difference in these two words is what has become the divide in the way many of us approach and live within our faiths. For too many of us the path to enlightenment or salvation, however you want to view it, has become “infallible” that is, there is only one path, my path, not yours and that rigidness applies to Christians and Muslims, Republicans and Democrats alike.
I continued with Larry Paul that I wish we could get back to simply examining and living in the world with wonder. What has happened is many of us are so busy making our world infallible that we miss the wonder and the wonder-full people standing right in front of us.
There is no bigger battle in the Christian community than how we should react and treat people in the LGBTQ community. I had a lady respond to one of my post about the subject with this little gem of wisdom; “Are you suggesting that as Christians we are to remain silent on the seriousness of the sins committed against God by homosexuals, knowing full-well about God the Father’s fury, and hellfire destruction, of Sodom for those very same sins? If we followed that path, we would no longer be Christians, we’d just be JERKS!”
For this lady the scripture, the WORD OF GOD (cue the thunder) is infallible. But here is one of her many, many problems, she is using a fallible brain, and a flawed and weak heart to interpret the Divine. We are no position to clarify or illuminate the Divine, we think we are, and some believe very strongly that they are qualified to do so. But they aren’t, they can’t and the harder they try, the louder they protest it confirms for me that they have missed not some of God’s message but all of it.
What I have noticed about getting older is we tend to take two different directions. Some people become more forgiving in their beliefs while other become more rigid. As I have gotten older I have become more lenient, and more tolerant. I was much more conservative in my thirties and forties than I am today. But things happened, my heart softened, I slowed down and I created space, space between the verses and space between the words.
I understand how easy it is to get hung-up on all the Thou Shalt Not’s. But I also understand how much courage and heart it takes not to. I have told my kids for years that the easiest answer is “NO”. No, takes very little thought just as Thou Shalt Not requires very little contemplation. My God, the God I feel, the God I know expects more reflection and deliberation from me on the verses and words. To discover the mysticism in there ambiguity and to understand that they are just verses and words, not love, not compassion, empathy or forgiveness, just verses and words.