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5.16.2005    |    "We see God as our equal"
The title is a quote from a member of something called the United Church of Religious Science. In an article by Drew E. Goodmanson in a series called "Sheep and Goats."

The article is written matter-of-factly, without any sense of disapproval or approval. Unless Goodmanson has terminal Botox of the typewriter, I'd say he deserves a prize for not spewing coffee through his nose in hilarious laughter. If this "church" is any example of where religion in America is going, we are doomed. To get some sense of this, let's get a fuller bit of this member's sense of God:
"For me, I don't want a structure. I don't want to pray to God, I want to pray with God. I am equal with God. I know this seems so New Age, and yet it is inherent in who we are as people. If people were given their own free choice, I think they'd want this. I just can't see God as a god who wants to be the boss as [these other religions do]."
Can almost hear the soundtrack to "Malcolm in the Middle" by They Might Be Giants; the song where the refrain is, "You're not the boss of me..." Only these folks mean God.

Well, it isn't clear that these people are harmless nuts or if anyone really cares about their form of atheism. What they've got going for them is that their "theology" doesn't seem to differ much from any of the postmodern, I'm ok, you're ok pap. In other words, they blend in, chameleon-like, with their environment in post-modern America. Or at least in the more liberal environs of same. Chances are they'd be welcome with their views into many mainline Protestant churches.

In what may be the other money quote, the title being the first, consider this pearl, where a member is talking of different denominations:
We can both be right even if we don't agree on the issues.
Fascinating. I'll bet some of you thought that there were absolute truths, and things that differed from those truths could not also be true. So "issues" must be things in which there is no truth. Something tells me that this group of "Religious Science" might not consider Scripture to be true. Safe bet, don't you think?

Thank God they don't have "Christian" or "Christ" anywhere in their name. That would be embarrassing. Regardless of their apostasy, may God bless them and help them to see that God is, in fact, "the boss of me." And thee. And all.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unless Goodmanson has terminal Botox of the typewriter, I'd say he deserves a prize for not spewing coffee through his nose in hilarious laughter."

What is the prize? Thanks for your thoughts on this. I try to get to the heart of the matter with my questioning to help 'reveal' these comments that are, well, insane.

D. Goodmanson

2:01 AM, July 07, 2005  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

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