HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

"The older I get, the more I think that Paul Tillich was right. Christ came into the world not to found a new religion, but to end religion. The burden He promises to lift from our shoulders is not the burden of mortality, but the burden of religion. That is the Good News, no more tests, no more ordeals, no more purity codes, no more law books and legalism, no more prosecutors with halos, no more fickle temperamental deities, no more smoking altars with burning sacrifices, no more divine cops demanding to see our papers, no more mortification of the flesh, no more holy mountains to climb, no more spiritual heroism. Salvation is already accomplished for us, just as we are now."
(COUNTERLIGHT'S PECULIARS)

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED — 18 Comments

  1. Excellent.

    I was much influenced by Tillich in my student days and I continue to be, actually. The paragraph above by Counterlight sums things up very nicely.

  2. A BIG “Amen” to that. I believe that Jesus only asks that we “be” who we are and share our truth so others can have hope – this is the true meaning of Eucharist – to be broken and poured out so others can have hope.
    Love Gail
    peace and highest regard

  3. If we are made in the image and likeness of God, then what Counterlight says naturally follows. We can (and do) stray from time to time, but our baseline is being inherently worthy.

  4. I have a few (very few) friends who send me “chain letters” of the “send this to 500 people if you believe/love/patriot/friend or aren’t a heathen. All of those “prove yourself” chain letters creep me out. I tend to delete without reading, but some are good or funny… those I like.

    So, I got one today… the “God is beautiful, but God will judge you by how you….. “

    **barf**

    I copied & pasted the quote above (with credit to Counterlight) in a new, fresh email and sent it on to the person who sends me the most chain mail. I will send it onto those who send me chain mail.

    It is a very beautiful & well said ‘counter’ to the judgmental words of some people.

    A note to JCF: I want to go to PrideFest again & sing “Jesus Loves Me” to the “Hate Preachers” again…. I NEED to do it!! I may even add a verse that says “Jesus Loves YOU”!

    • {{{skittles}}}

      Truthfully, I’ve yet to go to Pride events in Sacra-tomato (last year, atypically, it poured!)

  5. Then why bother with church? Why run twice as fast to get to the same place/?

    • I’ve asked this question myself and I will offer to you what answer has come to me.

      Church is a group of like-minded people who gather together for mutual support, social interaction and to work collectively for common goals which any single person couldn’t achieve.

      A church…a healthy church, celebrates together, grieves together, laughs and cries together, works and plays together. It’s not unlike an extended family that you’ve chosen, with all of the arguments and ‘wierd uncle Al’.

      of course, YMMV.

  6. I can’t answer for all, Anon, but I attend the church that I do as the celebration reminds me of who and whose I am, and the community, which exists far more for those who are not there, allows me to live that out. It’s actually quite simple.

  7. I’ve been to church and it’s been about as boring an experience as I’ve ever had. Compared to root canal, it’s about equal, except that root canal now costs as much as a reasonably good used car.

  8. Well, it’s not for everyone, troll. May I suggest you check out your local lap-dancing club. I understand that they bend over backwards to make the show “exciting” for wankers like you. Don’t forget to take a box of Kleenex.

  9. If church is boring why is Anonymous hanging around a Christian blog? It’s like a Democrat hanging around a Rick Santorum blog. Blinking heck.

  10. No more law-books,legalism, purity codes – yes, all very well, but also no difference between clergy and laity (and therefore lay-presidency is fine), no more difference between holy places and non-holy places (therefore ornate churches – and pilgrimages – are an unnecessary distraction), and no more difference between holy days and ordinary days (and therefore observing the Christian year is unnecessary). In fact, it all starts to sound quite a bit like the Letter to the Galatians…! 🙂

  11. Everything you mention, Tim, is of human invention. They may all fulfil a need for some if not others. But none of them are necessary. They are just things we choose to do in our little groups.

  12. “Salvation is already accomplished for us, just as we are now.”

    But how many people would know that–and not just as an intellectual statement, but as a living reality–without the church?

  13. I can’t see, for the life of me, how the church makes salvation a “living reality” for anyone. Of course, I’ve not been to every church in the world so there may be one out there somewhere that behaves in a way that is in tune with the teaching of Christ. But I’m not optimistic. I think the last church that offered anything near to being “real salvation” was the church in Jerusalem immediately after Pentecost. But by the time Paul was writing his letters the Church had become just another place where the powerful shat on the weak.