Brother Noname and Sister Kept:
I know this is a bit off topic here but there are three basic tenets of Orthodox Christianity that I find repugnant and extremely complicated Biblical concepts.
1. The revealed Evil Nature of the Biblical God, which to me, is rooted in required appeasement or sacrifice, that is, the "angry god" concept.
2. God's supposedly "Exclusive Revelation" to a "Chosen People". Knowledge of God should be simple (if it is important) and undeniable to All Humans! NO Tribalism!
3. The "Mission" to Evangelize the World with the Biblical God's "Turn or Burn - Good News" (ET). This mission, as stated, is ultimately important, overly difficult to achieve and failure to reach this goal has catastrophic consequences to the unreached and/or unsure. UR mostly gets around this problem and the problems associated with #2.
In regards to Problem #1, as I have shared before, God's Spirit tells me that I should not honor anyone, especially "a god", that thinks, speaks or acts in an evil fashion and (allegedly) violates its own rules. Since the actions of the Biblical "meanie god" span the gamut of human emotions and evil deeds, the origins of "this god" are best explained as man-made.
Evil men are capable of a wide range of atrocities, with or without "religion", but for those who need the "sanction of god" to commit horrid acts, the Bible is full of explicit examples to justify the "Lord's Work". Every "god inspired" evil action, dogma or command flows down stream from this explanation. Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate said it best when he wrote "… But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion."
At every turn, Jesus seemed to do and say things that would offend and turn back ingrained tribalism and the "religious" folk of His day. Why? He even said that He came to bring "a sword" and divide (families included). Why? Was it because He was "having a bad day"? I think not! It was because He was "correcting" the most religious and "word based" people on the planet! To me, this is a sobering message. What would the world be like today if the "words" hadn't spawned the Dogmas of Orthodox Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church NEVER HAD an EMPIRE
to go with them?
Maybe we would have had a lot less of those battlefield prayer scenes!?
Grace & Peace, John