I read many blogs written by those with different faiths. And I wonder how it can be that those who love love must be seen as “unbelievers” by those who are not of the same “faith”.
Because every faith is of love. Just as every sacred text is of fiction. Even the bible.
God created two literal and historically accurate human beings from whom you and I are literally and historically descended. Or is that imagery, i.e. fiction?
God flooded the entire earth and saved one family and an assortment of locally available wildlife from which you and I are historically descended. Or is that also imagery, i.e. fiction?
Chronological family trees are used as evidence but tailored to endorse an agenda.
The fulfillment of that agenda. A human being who is God as Man (but not) to fulfill “prophecy”. Or is that also imagery, i.e fiction.
And if not – why not?
What changed the writing of the bible from “agenda and imagery”, i.e. fiction – to “fact and historical accuracy” overnight? The Gospel writers were writing to an agenda for a specific audience who also had an agenda. So too the letters to the churches.
So I see bible writers as “creative”. All of them.
And yet today we seem fearful of our creativity. We seem to need to suppress our own creativity in favour of the bible remaining static and literally accurate (at least in the bits we need to be historically accurate) or else – it seems – we cannot believe at all in … what exactly?
A God we define and prove? A Jesus we shadow through the Holy Land (and all the alternative “resting places” on offer). A Holy Land riddled with hatred, violence, and death because of competing “proof (faith) verses”.
But back to the bible.
I have come to see, read and hear so much imagery, i.e. fiction, that it blurs any chance I have of proving literal from fiction. I have reached a point in my journey where I wonder why me calling the bible “fiction” causes Christians a problem.
I also wonder why calling the bible fiction means that atheists have a problem with me still believing in GSHJ.
Someone suggested I am not free. That believing the bible is fiction makes me less free than believing the bible is true (which doesn’t mean “historically accurate” – but simply “true”).
Someone else suggested that my believing the bible is fiction and not renouncing God makes me a duplicitous pseudo-Christian.
Which makes me think that I might be onto something here.
Because I am now free to connect with anyone who loves – or who desires to love – or who thinks about love – in a way that is truly unconditional.
I am free of any group that demands I believe this or that. I am free to see love in everyone and everything. I am free to desire behaviour that is kind (above being right or wrong) – that invites loving each equally – that is a way of living in every thought, word, deed and intent. I see that in many who don’t believe in God let alone the bible as being true.
And the bible?
I know the bible was written for a reason. I was taught the reason was love. I have been taught that “love” in the bible is “unconditional love”.
Which is where teaching and living part company.
A crossroads where proof and evidence “prove” that love is conditionally unconditional. Where the absence of proof and evidence “prove” it is all bad. A place where the bible is true and teaches conditional love and calls that “freedom”. A place where the bible is not true and teaches there is no God.
And where my fictional bible and my God Soft Hands Jesus and my right here and now unconditional love makes me …
A prisoner … ?