The simple answer to disappointment! July 16, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, church, faith, Jesus, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
I love reading the teachings of Jesus I am compiling (ever so slowly) on another blog. I wish the teachings found there was a part of a consistent message throughout the gospels. However, the sad truth is- it is not. I have chosen to believe that this was the primary message that Jesus preached, and that it was later re-wrapped with the old traditions Jesus was trying to break. Of course, there’s no way to really know. Whatever we believe, we do have to accept it by faith. If you choose to believe that the gospels are 100% accurate, you would also have to accept it by faith. Of course, in my opinion, you would be choosing to believe many inconsistencies.
The angels promised that the birth of Jesus heralded “Peace on Earth.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said “Happy are those who work for peace.” Yet, in Matthew 10, these words, attributed to Jesus, are recorded:
Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
What? These types of verses totally shoot down my theory that Jesus came preaching a message of peace, love, compassion, and mercy. There are those who make the case that this was the real message of Christ. And, of course, there are those who choose to accept the contradictions as consistent.
However, I choose to see the message of peace. I choose to read the Old Testament and focus in on verses as Micah 6:8
No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires; to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
In the end, I know I’m committing the cardinal sin of proper Biblical scholarship. I know I’m choosing what to accept and what to “discard”. I know that my beliefs will not stand up to the scrutiny of Fundamental Christianity of which I am a student. Hell, I’ve even thrown my cap at the graduating ceremony of a popular charismatic Bible College while reveling in my 4.0 GPA.
That life is all but a distant memory now. My faith has boiled down to a few simple truths that I choose to believe. I now attempt to live my life by a few guidelines that I feel are in line with the wishes of my creator. Who am I to determine these things? No one in particular. However, since I believe that my faith is personal and between my creator and I, it works for me.