September 2010

I am just going to write a brief opinion here so you all can see the out of touch people in charge of some of our religions.

There is an old saying that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt.  Well, Al Mohler, the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has opened his mouth again.  This time he pick the practice (and religious practice) of yoga as his target.

His article, gets down to the core issue of him being concerned about yoga style meditation and exercise being taught in our schools and at some churches.  Obviously Dr. Mohler is not exactly an introspective type of person and does not see the benefit of centering himself, listening and quieting his mind and getting in touch with the Holy Spirit.  If he did, he would be able to make the obvious connection that having a quiet mind can lead one to be better in touch with the message that god has for him.

Instead, his puritanical mind focuses on the fact that Jesus does not say that we should practice yoga in the bible therefore we should not do it.

This guy is a nut and we don’t need him and his teachings in our Christianity.

He says:

You know the big question is the one that we get to when we finally ask can yoga be separated from its roots in Hinduism and the answer to that is a steadfast, non-negotiable, clear as can be-no.

Al is a fearful person who needs someone to tell him what to do at all times.  My favorite part of the article is:

So much of Eastern mysticism, so much of yoga, if not the entirety of the entire yoga movement, of the philosophy that is summarized by yoga and similar practices is about emptying the mind. But if Christianity is about anything, it is not about emptying the mind. Just look at the Bible and see how much is about God speaking and his people hearing, about cognitive transfer of God’s revelation to his creatures.

I think this is hilarious.  Al Mohler is the one who teaches that you should not consider anything outside of what it says in the bible.  In other words, Al Mohler is the master of “leave your brain at the door”.  I guess this sorry person has never tried to meditate.

Well, I need to sit down and clear my mind a bit…so I can try and not have so much ill will towards Al who really give Christianity a bad name.

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What is the gospel?

by Dave on September 17, 2010

in General, Theology

As I have written here before, I think Christianity has largely missed the point about what to teach people about Jesus.  In my last church (WHC) they would sing about how he is a great god and he loves them so much.  That is the subject of a new book out call Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church.  In this book Kenda Dean discusses how today’s churches teach what she calls Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and how that is not what it means to be a Christian.  MTD simply means that the people feel that being a Christian is all about them being good (moralistic) and Jesus will make them feel better and he is on their side (therapeutic), oh yes, and his is god!

I clearly think that this type of thinking misses the point in what Jesus did.

Today, on Sojourners, there is a post by Aaron Taylor entitled, Salvation Through Doctrine or Christ?  In this post he is also asking the question about what you are supposed to learn about or think, or more specifically, what is the gospel?  Here is what Aaron says is his short gospel:

Jesus died on the cross for sinners. He rose again on the third day. The resurrection of Jesus gives me hope that one day God is going to make everything right in the world. Because Jesus is alive, he is able to grant you forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. Come to Jesus today.

I like it.  I wish churches would recognize that they need to teach about Jesus and what he did instead of constantly teaching how you have to give your life over to him or believe something in particular or that Jesus is your friend and he will help you when you are sad.  Though some of that may be true, that’s not the point.

Here is what my version of the gospel is as of now (it is version 2.0).  I think I may take some elements and style from Aaron.

Jesus may have said: Everyone! As your fathers and prophets have promised, God has overcome everything that holds you back in your holiness and fulfillment in life. He has shown that the religions of man, the empires of man and death itself are no match for him. He has resurrected me after the religion condemned me, the government sentenced me and death was with me for three days.

In doing this, God has shown that my love for all of you is the true way of God. I am the first person to now be fully in this new Kingdom of God and you too can participate in it before the end of time. All you have to do is Love God and Love Each Other. That’s it! It is simple! Believe that it truly is THE WAY! If you believe that this really is The Way, you will have the opportunity to live a life of the ages. A life that is the way that Yahweh always wanted you and all people to live.

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