Archive for August 25th, 2009

Do We Have to Deconstruct EVERYTHING?


That’s a question a friend of mine asked me today, in regard to much of what I have been saying on this blog.  I think the answer is; YES. We need to spend more of our time questioning authority and cutting through the layers of crap that have been laid down over the centuries like so much sediment on the ocean floor. We are buried beneath orthodoxy.

Is nothing sacred? Well, sure, some things really are sacred.  But not the same things are sacred to everyone.  So much of what we consider to be sacred – hands-off  doctrines and dogmas – when you investigate how they came about, well, they really aren’t that sacred after all.  Or at least they shouldn’t be.

Rather than illuminate, the bulk of our doctrines obscure the meaning of scriptures. We have volumes of religious dissertation, created over the centuries, devoted to explaining the words of one Palestinian man  preached over the course of  (probably ) one year (I’m counting Paul’s epistles as part of this body of expository work as well) .  This is to be expected. This is human nature – look at the millions of words that the United States and local  governments need  to explain our very brief and concise Constitution.

God  made us in his image – he gave us brains that are capable of innovative and imaginative thought.  We are capable of common sense. So, yes, let’s decontstuct. Tear it all down until we are left with the truth.  Let’s make it a mission.

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