Paul F said in his reflection on the say so of the smug “Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon … “
And “You are a sinner … you will always be a sinner unless … It’s not your fault – it’s Adam and Eve – but nevertheless the fact is that you need saving … I have been saved and I love you because I have been saved … And if you believe then you will love others as well … THAT’s why we worship God and give Him our money each week – because it’s all His to begin with and The Work must continue! We all NEED Him in our lives so We can love You now AND live with Him forever and ever! The bible says and the bible is the Word of God – and God doesn’t lie because He is God! The bible says!”
Well the second statement might very well flow straight on from the other one, as Paul says, it is a numbers game, how many were there at Church on the Beach that day?
And once the men are caught struggling in the net they are sinners as well as having their shins cut to the bone. Something they didn’t need a drag in the drink to tell them so! They haven’t been saved, just separated from the shoal for a bit of ridicule reserved just for them. Saving from what? Illigitimate sons of a wh..e turned fishermen or from something a little more subtle? Hissss?
I do love and care and take my responsibilities seriously why impoverish myself in giving to a church when doing so lessens my ability to do what I do because I am human. All His to begin with, well who is this He and why do I engage in a career, put a roof over our heads, care for my parents love my wife if it is all this anonymous He already owned it. well it doesn’t now because I have got it and I will use it to the best of my ability to do good in this world.
I don’t need God to help me to love, or to love in me because I have freely chosen to do so myself. The Bible may speak in such ways but it is all wrong God isn’t that way, I know because he lives in me. God doesn’t badger me about having to be saved so that I can love people and go to heaven when I die. I am in heaven now, I am not yet saved because I have nore to learn to help me do better what I have been doing so, so long. I love because I don’t have to! I freely choose Love over Hate or indifference because God has given me the ability to choose. Thank you Adam and Eve for setting me free from blind obedience, the Bible and the selfrighteous scareredy cats who miaou we must or else. They’ll scratch our eyes out and throw us back into the seas?