Is anyone else deeply troubled by the absence of a credible Biblical preacher today? Is there ONE that has not been sucked into the political obsession over abortion (never mentioned by Christ) and homosexuality?
Jesus said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 18:3)
Children read Harry Potter books. They can be cruel and petty, but most kids are very sensitive about the many children who are unwanted and not cared for by anyone. And most kids are not at all perturbed by gay parents or diversity in the playground. Most kids think life is wonderful, magical....
And in large numbers, most children seem to have read 7 large books about magicians and spells. Apparently this is how children are. This, not the hatemongering of the Churches, should be the theology to provide the spine for Christians, if any of them are left today.
It is my observation that most of the followers of the teachings of Christ are extinct, and have been so for centuries. The real believers in the teaching of Christ were called Manicheaens by the followers of Helena, the mother of Constantine who had her own take on the Pauline message. Between the Helenists and the Islamicists, the true Christians were annihilated -- they were everyone's favorite heretic because they were prosperous and would turn the other cheek when assaulted.
The point is, there are many wonderful children on the path to salvation, but NONE of the hatemongers obsessed with condemnation and purification are among them. Islamicists and Fundamentalist "Christians" are remarkably similar doctrines. They want to purify everybody but themselves. This is opposite what children are all about. Children are closer to "natural" concerns, and the idea of purity does not even occur to them.
- Did Socrates say "Know Thyself", or was he misunderstood, as all are. Show Thyself is all we can do. The knowing is unknowable. I am filled with joy. It can't be helped.
Became a Farmer, Builder, Musician, Tank Commander, Librarian, Lawyer and Minister. I have failed at many things. And now retired. Filled, just filled, with Joy.