There was a tv programme called “Humans”. It was set in a time when Artificial Intelligence, AI, in “synths” (synthetic human beings) saw many jobs previously done by humans now done by synths. And as well as some great story-lines, the core theme of this programme was fear and love.
Economic fear – unemployment was a real issue. Emotional fear – some synths had more than just standard (controllable) “AI”. Intellectual fear – them killing us and taking over was a (perceived) real issue. And love. Love was not regarded as relevant. Because rules overrule love. That’s how we deal with fear.
So a secret war was being fought. One side had to win. One side had to lose before they could win. Humans had to win, synths had to lose. Both could not live together.
Is it just me, or is teaching the bible another “secret war”?
A link and “teaching” of the bible that I can’t remember hearing or seeing in any church, bible study, or online Christian websites. The teaching I hear and see ignores teaching of that sort. A teaching that labels it “False Teaching”. A teaching that continues teaching the bible as the word of God and God inspired and (if not “inerrant” in every word) is still God breathed (which makes it inerrant – and that is a fact).
I was taught not to mess with the bible. If you mess with the bible, you mess with God. If you mess with God, you are a bad Christian. If you mess with God more than is tolerated then you are no Christian at all. And if you are no Christian at all …
And the outcome is “the un-churched” and “sinners yet to be saved” and verses and verse references used over and over again as “evidence”. And comes packaged as religion that isn’t all bad (or is). And which – seamlessly – makes God all good (or all bad). Or all bad because there is no God.
With hindsight I think I would have spent many less years not finding “God” had I been allowed to know the bible has an agenda. An agenda of a time and place (if we were discussing anything other than a sacred text/deity) that we would regard as quaint (at best) or “Thank God We Are Not Like That Anymore” (at worst).
An agenda of keeping a tiny warrior “nation” of the Chosen People in line, and then keeping a new religion and a new chosen people in line. None of which is “bad”. But neither is it all “good”. Not if you never mention “the other bits”. Because that takes away free choice. And the “God” I have come to know – because I was taught it – is all about free choice.
So I now wonder why religion preaches “choice”, but only accepts as “saved” those who choose the right religious answer. I wonder why my choice was either to believe the bible as taught, or to not be a Christian. A choice of either saying the creed of belief – or to not believe at all.
Because even allowing for an agenda (not of my time and place), I read of “God” who accepts me as I am. Which makes me “the touchable”, not “the untouchable”. And (if I have this right): I am untouchable (fallen) and need saving – but become untouchable to those still fallen after I am saved. And the only common element in all of this is not “God” and love – but fear.
Of being tainted. Of false teachers. Of being too inclusive. Of not following the rules – because where would that lead? Of hearing “All Are Welcome”. But just like The Temples and rules and all that stuff – we are (taught that we are) so much better than “that” because we are saved – to a point. A point that says if you want to join us you have to believe what we believe. That you will not distract others from the bible as taught. Which (if I am right) makes us the untouchables.
And makes me ask … Is that really a secret war?
Because I see 2000+ years of “Christian Tradition” having the chance to figure this one out. And, compared to my few decades (if I am right), that is a long time. Because the best bit about being able to write like this … ? Becoming less fearful day by day. And that allows love to grow and grow.
Love that is kind.