Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

same song, another verse

6/25/12

 

Most anyone should recognize that the religious idea that God or the gods are angry and must be mollified or appeased by homage, sacrifice, and obedience is in no way unique to Christian doctrine. To the contrary, this idea prevails in the vast majority of ancient religions and all of the major ones today. The picture of God, promoted by institutional Christianity, is just one more religious prescription for how to please God and gain His favor through proper conduct. Every religion professes to have an equally valid methodology for dealing with the deity(s). Sacred texts, religious instructors, places of worship, proper rituals, all of these religious aspects abound in world religions and have from the dawn of time.

 

Christianity makes such a big point of being different from religions, in general, claiming that their God is a benevolent deity, one willing to do extraordinary things to benefit man. That all sounds good until you get to the bottom line of Christian doctrine- these are the things you must do to escape God's divine wrath, namely follow the prescribed rituals, make the necessary sacrifices, obey the God given rules. What starts off with the possibility of being really different, in the final analysis, is just world religion 101 mildly warmed over and dump out for our required acceptance. Somebody in the church assumes too much about how little the world notices.

 

The final, and probably most damning, indictment against institutional Christianity is the fact that among the many sects, no one can agree on the salvation formula, the proper way to appease God with proper homage, sacrifice, and obedience. Naturally, each faction blames everyone else for the confusion, when actually the cause is inherent in Orthodoxy itself, not the individual interpretations.

 

The poor Christian or would be Christian is left not only to muster the ability to follow the prescription but also to deal with the lingering question as to whether the prescription he has been taught even works. Can anyone fault the skeptic who gives up on such confusion and simply trusts his eternal fate to blind luck? Orthodox Christianity offers much the same thing.

 

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