I have joined the forum as it has been my sad experience that it seems to pass that most Christians seem to think that belief in God has more to do with fantasy than reality - that the biblical texts are to be taken literally. This is disturbing as it seems the scripture have become something akin a Harry Potter novel than - and I don't know anyone who actually takes Harry Potter literally. Yet for some inexplicable reason I am continually told by many Christians that I have to take the Bible literally.
The Pharisees took their role as migratory magistrates seriously and also took the 'Law and the Prophets' literally - a point which Jesus frequently contested. The point being that in taking texts literally we become bound by a legal stricture that no longer responds to the depth of social injustice and personally suffering with which we are constantly surrounded.
I hasten to add that I have not, nor am I expecting, anyone to necessarily agree with me. I am not seeking theological or even moral support. What I do expect is that God is no longer confined to an ideological box which more reflects personal philosophy as it does the words of Jesus.
A brief wander through the boards does gladden my heart as I read some constructive posts. We are all struggling with the unknowability of God and words are often poor expressions of communications - which is probably why I enjoy the liturgy of my Anglican church.
Hope to see you on the boards.
Edited by wayseer, 28 October 2012 - 04:47 PM.