Tuesday, 22 January 2013
My generation rejected the violent, manipulative, fear and guilt message of the Church in favor at first of eastern philosophies and then New Age spirituality.
What is left is corruption and confusion.
We scarcely know what we are saying at all.
We chase after false prophets who promise happiness, money, power, and success.
But there is a rear guard action seeking the original message of Jesus: unconditional love, forgiveness, social justice, mercy, healing, prayer.
This is a holistic message, not the warring factions of dualism.
We risk the fires of heresy and crucifixion.
We threaten the power of the Church (as Jesus did).
For in centralizing Jesus' message of love we take away the weapons of power: fear, guilt, violence, triumphalism, power over sex, rewards and punishments, Machiavellian manipulation.
All the perversions of Jesus' message: original sin, redemption, the blood of Christ, salvation, penitence, sin, fear of God, judgment are rejected in favor of what I believe is the real message of Jesus: Love.
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