I live on a sea of sand and alkali patches, in a barren desert, at the far end of a small sprawling community in Northern Nevada. Desolate, wind swept country. This is my hard won slice of paradise. Against all odds, I cultivate trees, flowers, vegetables, peace and contentment. This is my garden in the sun.
Monday, June 27, 2011
What sermon would you give based on
Matthew 7:1-12 Matthew 23:
Here is what I would say:)
Shall we judge one another in this life? Who among the Christians is not a hypocrite? Who can say they understand the mind of god upon reading a Bible that has shown god to be inconsistent, heavy handed and without humor? There is not one version of Christianity. Nay, there are hundreds of versions.
How shall one be saved for there are at least three ways to be saved in the New Testament? How shall one treat ones family? Shall mother turn against daughter and son against father or shall one honor ones mother and father no matter the circumstances? Both attitudes are included in the pages of the Bible. Shall we love one another with a true and abiding love or shall we allow most of the world to be condemned to hell? For God says He loves us truly and that He will eternally roast those whom he has not chosen? Or is it those who did not choose Him? For both those concepts are in the Bible.
Shall we accept that we children should be beaten as clearly stated in the Psalms? Shall we believe that it is just and righteous to beat innocent beings? Is it right and just for God to apparently punish us and yet leave not a clue as to what we did wrong? For it is always a guessing game. Why did this happen? Why has calamity befallen me? Is God testing me? Is God punishing me? Is God playing a little gambling game with Satan as He did with Job?
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
How can any of us judge the other when it is far too often that the Christian overflow of the heart shows not that they are a changed man or woman with a holy spirit living inside them but rather, only human, just like all the Hindus, Jainists, Mormons, Christian Scientists, Buddhists, agnostics and atheists.
Indeed, many of the actions of the Christians indicate they worship an evil god and live a world not of peace but a world filled with invisible demons and a ruler of this world Satan. How unhealthy is it, mentally and emotionally, to believe that one is born evil, as filthy rags, as unworthy trash to come begging to a god that seems not to answer. For it is to be admitted that answers from god are not noteworthy as one would expect. Would you turn to your parent and ask a question, then sit as the parent is silent as a stone, waiting for an answer? Then, if a clock strikes the hour or the dog runs through in play or the phone rings you say to yourself, that must be my answer for my parent does not actually speak to me.
Ah yes, ye vipers that would condemn even a single person to Hell. Oh ye hypocrites that state that God has made plain to you. Remove the plank from your eye and see that being an agnostic or an atheist is accepting the world as it is.
I could go on but you get my drift:) Of course, none of this is very tactful so maybe you want to get another speech writer!