What is your biggest criticism of “religion” and “the church” today, Paul?
That I have to change to accommodate them – because both teach and live “love” that is conditional.
But isn’t that you loving “them” conditionally … you demanding the same in reverse?
And you didn’t?
So to fear … what is the difference between “sin” and “fear”, Paul? What makes the fear of sin acceptable? Why are either okay?
I have a question. Does sin exist, is it real, am I a sinner, and are you “pure and without sin”?
Define sin for me, Paul.
Behaviour in word, deed or thought which treats me or others as less than sacred.
Then no, I am not without sin.
I got angry. I used words that treated others as less than sacred (so I must have been thinking them as well). In word and deed and thought – if the bible has any truth – I am not free of sin. Righteous anger is bullshit. Anger is anger. Love is love.
But that word “sin” … Who “created” it – me or you?
Because everything you have been taught says it was me. Which makes no sense at all. Why go to all the bother of creating all this stuff – only to drop a spanner in the works – and then create a whole theological conundrum complete with a stage, lighting, special effects, a script, an audience, AND a bunch of critics …
Why … ?
Because you never did … ?
Right. I never did. And what does that do to the “theological script” … ? To this tree still empty of me as we chat … to the infamous “three days” of my absence without leave … to the whole saving thing … ?
My thought is that “fear” is what it does to it. Take away sin and you are left not with love but with fear. Fear that all of “this” might be an invention that has no truth. That all this theology might just be one great big fiction.
Fear is the driver and sin is the fuel.
I am not free of sin … I am free of fear. And because I am free of fear I am free of sin. And because I am free of both … all that is left is love. Which is why love is always the answer (and anything else is of fear and the whole theological quantum physics industry).
It’s suddenly gone very quiet around here ….
To be continued …
( I hope!)