To follow on from my last post, just as couples attend marriage seminars to help strengthen their bonds, as even the healthiest of relationships can often use tools of support, so I am taking some time over the next several days to read the literal words of Jesus in Scripture. In various translations in fact. You know; depending on the particular version of the Bible, it’s all that stuff written in red in the New Testament.
I don’t deny that there are negative aspects of any and all relationships. Couples get divorced. People have affairs. Bosses exploit their workers. Parents abuse their children. These, though, are readily accepted by society as exceptions to what should be the norm. These, as consensus would widely agree, are not the way these relationships should function.
The world makes a grand show of pointing up the atrocities done in the name of religion, especially Christianity, and then throwing that stained, rotten blanket of verdict indiscriminately over all of those who claim His name. “Christians do this…” “Christians think that…” And I can’t automatically dismiss them in their judgment because there are definitely those who fly under the banner of “Christianity” and say, and do, and think, those very things. Ugly things. Hurtful things. HATEFUL things.
Are they…us? Are they…Him?
I certainly don’t think so. Rather, these as well are exceptions to the norm. These are not the way our personal relationships with Christ should function.
But, where is my proof? Continue reading Faith: As Relationship? Or Science Experiment? (part two)