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Rosie, the musical

Image hosted by Photobucket.comA lovely Scottish lady at the South Sydney Uniting Church is in this. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Christianity, local, music, personal, Scottish, South Sydney Uniting Church

 

No Sunday lunch

Which is not to say I am not eating, but the regular Sunday lunch seems to be off today, but then I am not drinking alcohol either at the moment because I am still on the megadoses of penicillin. I suspect Lord Malcolm and Sirdan blew their entertainment budgets last week at the Bondi Icebergs where Sirdan had his birthday lunch. Or so Sirdan tells me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2005 in Christianity, faith and philosophy, friends, local, Lord Malcolm, personal, Sirdan, South Sydney Uniting Church, Sunday lunch

 

Bishop John Shelby Spong on being a mystic and the sins of scripture — Beliefnet.com

Storing this partly for my own reference.

All religion seems to need to prove that it’s the only truth. And that’s where it turns demonic. Because that’s when you get religious wars and persecutions and burning heretics at the stake. But if you go back and look at the Jesus story, there are three texts in Mark, Matthew and Luke. They all came from the same source, but Matthew changes a word which makes it really crucial. Mark has Jesus say, “If you’re not against me, you’re for me.” Luke has Jesus say, “If you’re not against me, you’re for me.” Matthew changes that and says, “If you’re not for me, you’re against me.” And that’s the one that Christians have used over the centuries, but it’s two to one against Matthew being authentic.

Now who can argue that the Buddhists are against the Christians? You could argue that they’re not for the Christians, but you couldn’t argue that they’re against them, or the Jews or the Muslims. All of those are paths that humans have walked toward God. And they’re not enemies, they’re just different paths. But Matthew has turned that in such a way that you’re either on my side or you’re my enemy…

Yes. Religion is man-made, but God is not. Our ideas of God are man-made. The moment we explain it, the moment we say, “This is how I experience God” then you’ve captured God in the mindset of your time and history, your level of knowledge, your language, your prejudices, everything…

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Posted by on August 14, 2005 in Bible, book reviews, Christianity, culture wars, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, interfaith, peace