American Christianity Inc. is Bull

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  1. Pingback: American Christianity Inc. is Bull — The Upside Down World | By the Mighty Mumford

  2. True enough — but I think people benefit more from thinking about those things that aren’t “bull” — not thinking about people who turn into ‘pharisees in the bad sense’ but about those who find the truths Jesus was talking about.

    The late rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi was one example, though he didn’t think he should be anything but Jewish, or that Christians should be anything but Christian. He conceived of all religions as parts of God’s spiritual ecosystem, each “like a vital organ of the planet,” which “for the planet’s sake… must remain healthy, functioning well in concert with the others for the health of the greater body.” From that kind of perspective, much of American Christianity is pretty sick.

    Jesus is himself one powerful preacher against the distorted forms his churches and their followers sometimes take. But gettinhttp://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/9/12/1568668/-Cartoon-Hero-worshipg the meaning of his words — rather than ideas about them — seems to depend more on God’s influence in each person than on the words they hear from outside. God can find the right words for us to use on each occasion; we (unless we rely on ‘His’ words instead of ours) can’t.

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  3. Excuse my hasty-pasty mouse: that last comment should have read:
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    True enough — but I think people benefit more from thinking about those things that aren’t “bull” — not thinking about people who turn into ‘pharisees in the bad sense’ but about those who find the truths Jesus was talking about.

    The late rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi was one example, though he didn’t think he should be anything but Jewish, or that Christians should be anything but Christian. He conceived of all religions as parts of God’s spiritual ecosystem, each “like a vital organ of the planet,” which “for the planet’s sake… must remain healthy, functioning well in concert with the others for the health of the greater body.” From that kind of perspective, much of American Christianity is pretty sick.

    Jesus is himself one powerful preacher against the distorted forms his churches and their followers sometimes take. But getting the meaning of his words — rather than ideas about them — seems to depend more on God’s influence in each person than on the words they hear from outside. God can find the right words for us to use on each occasion; we (unless we rely on ‘His’ words instead of ours) can’t.

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