My entire life, I felt at odds. In rebelled against the force-feeding of biblical views. The view that Jesus Christ is God, and performed all kinds of miracles and feats is not the view I have ever seen.
I once had a dream. In this dream, I was sitting on Jesus’ lap and asked him, “Is the Bible all about real events?”. Jesus smiled and replied: “Yes, and No”. Puzzled, I then asked Jesus, “Did the stories in the New Testament really happen?”. Jesus again smiled and replied, “Yes, and No”.
The dream has stuck in my head most of my life.At the time I had the dream, I had been closer to being ‘Christian’ than anyone I had known. The dream threw me off-balance, and changed my perspective on many things. I came to accept that Christianity was really all about the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Jesus was a teacher. A wise man with many good views and ideas on how we should treat each other. Should I observe him as the ‘Son’ of God? Aren’t we all really the children of God? Are we simply basing our beliefs on faith that some book that was written by mortal hands and minds is flawless?
The Christian view: God is a jealous and vengeful God.
My view: God is a loving and forgiving God.
The Christian view: Everything is about sin.
My view: There is no sin. To believe in sin is to believe that God is a vengeful, angry, unforgiving, and jealous God.
The Christian view: Jesus is God incarnate.
My view: Jesus was a wise man, a benevolent teacher with many great teachings. But he was a man. Nothing more.
The Christian view: Jesus’ death on the cross is proof that our sins are forgiven when we ask.
My view: The cross is an idol image, as mentioned in the Ten Commandments. It’s a very common image in churches, books, bibles, and jewelry. Given the example Christian view, anyone wearing a cross or any place or materials bearing the image of the cross are praying and worshiping a false and/or graven image. Asking a cross for forgiveness identifies a sinful pattern.
Christian view: If you renounce Jesus, you renounce God.
My view: Because I renounce belief that Jesus was superhuman, I instead direct my faith toward God, who I serve with all of my heart and breath.
Christian view: God Bless America.
My view: God Bless the World. Why be selfish? God isn’t.
Christian view: Repent, or burn in hell’s fire.
My view: Hell isn’t a physical or dimensional place. It’s a state of mind that we subject ourselves to when we feel guilt.
Christian view: So, you don’t believe in heaven, either?
My view: I believe in heaven. Heaven is a child’s laughter, the sun shining, the rainy day, the waves rolling in against my feet, and the sound of silence.
Christian view: Your God doesn’t sound like the right God. Sounds like you made him up.
My view: When I pray, I pray for equal rights for all. I pray for peace. I pray for love. I pray for clean hearts and minds. I pray for an end to oppression. I pray for a safer world. I pray for Gay Rights. I pray for Childrens Rights. I pray everyone will accept everyone without prejudice or hate. I pray for an end to domestic violence.
When I pray, I pour my heart into my prayers. God is good to me, and touches my soul. I feel her soothing touch. God is real. God is good.
I am not a ‘Christian’. I am a child of God, who views Jesus’ advice as commonsense and cool.
I can only imagine the flack I would get from the fanatical right, and the Christian devoted.
Which is why I’ve chosen to post my views without feedback. My convictions are rock solid. I am unwavering. My God is my God. She is Just, gentle, and loving.