If you are a theology geek, or just want some inspiration in your quest for truth, the meaning of life, or a diversion from gainful employment, this blog will be of interest to you.
If there is a theme for my writings, and as near as I can tell there is one, I think it would be this: Luther only started the Reformation. It isn’t over yet. Sacred Cows are not safe here.
Even after 500 years there are still a lot of things Evangelical churches defend that are non-biblical Catholic doctrines, in my not-so-humble opinion, such as the doctrine of the Trinity and an authoritarian, hierarchical church government structure, plus my favorite: eternal conscious suffering for the unsaved.
Those are some things we got from the Mother Church that are begging for scrutiny, while there are other things Evangelicals came up with quite on their own due to a lack of supervision from Rome, such as a belief the world is going to Hell in a hand basket (End Times) and Jesus will rescue his people before the you-know-what hits the fan. As if that isn’t enough, there are those doctrines held by a few Evangelicals that I find particularly repugnant, such as believing God actually picks who will suffer forever in Hell (Calvinism). For the record, I have never been a Calvinist.
While I might gain a few friends within Evangelical circles for tackling Calvinism I will probably lose them when I have issues with the doctrine of the inerrancy of scriptures and encourage people to embrace the doubt and follow Jesus anyway. Some Evangelicals, like our Catholic friends, won’t know what to do with themselves if Jesus asks them to walk with him in the same fashion that the early church did before they had a bible or a Church to tell them what to believe. But isn’t that the whole point of a New Covenant?
As if that isn’t enough fun, I also delve into politics, particularly our nation’s destructive and counterproductive foreign policy in the Middle East. Our country was once well-respected in the world, and I would like to see that respect restored. We have found a new enemy, a new scapegoat for our problems, keeping us blind to the fact our enemy is not Islam, it is us. Jesus warned us that if we live by the sword we shall die by the sword. I’m all for self-defense, but our military is rarely used for that. It’s usually used to expand our American Empire around the world.
If you would like to learn more from some of my sources regarding Islam here’s a great resource page.
If this is your idea of fun, welcome aboard!