So if I am fear-free and outflowing of love … then what about sin? It’s your trademark – your USP! The bible is stuffed full of it … churches are full of sinners asking forgiveness … repentance is a hot button … “Grace Freely Given” … “Blood Shed For you!” … all of that stuff is your patent and my obligation!
It’s all got a bit out of hand hasn’t it?
Pardon me … “got out of hand …” … ?
Come on , Paul … sense of humour failure here … lighten up a little!
So are you saying there is or there isn’t sin?
I am saying “wordplay” wasn’t intended to become “law-play”. And I suppose gatekeepers aren’t appointed for their sense of fun, are they? But I ask you … all this fear … really …? Is that all I am good for … I either toast you or roast you … ? Is that what you all want to believe? Is that the best these “qualified in God” brains can come up with … ? Do you really think that is me … ?
So why are we where we are?
Fear that I will fry you like a bug.
Fear that you might just say, “F**k this!” … and go your own way.
Imagine that happening in every church on a Sunday: “And now we kneel to pray and ask forgiveness for our sins … “ And a resounding, “F**k this!” … as the whole congregation exits left.
Church needs fear … needs sin … equals control … because without sin what is there to fear … and without sin … what is there to forgive … ?
So I don’t really care what you believe … God the Father … Hare Krishna … Allah … Buddha … Atheist …. Naturist … Scientist … Masochist … Hedonist …
Remove fear and sin goes. Remove sin and fear goes. Remove both and “The Great Commission” (sic) might just be a goer. Because when you have no fear that others will take what is yours – you do not fear others. And when you have no fear over what you have AND haven’t got – you have no need to fear others or yourself. And if you have no fear AND no sin …. would you really fight over me? And might you then – finally – treat each other as sacred … because there would be no need NOT to treat each other as sacred … ?
You really aren’t kidding!
No I really am not kidding.
All this “heaven” you all drool over … what is that other than fear-free and loved-up for ever? And hell … a guy in red with horns running a fear-filled and love-empty place for ever.
Love is powerful once you take fear away!
No sin and no need for “saving” … ? You and everyone else are the same. No fear of each other’s motives … ? Ditto. Remove fear of sin … ? Just what do “Christian” and “Muslim” and “Faith” and “non-faith-really” countries bring to a fight? Remove fear of others’ motives and imagine love without condition in its place … and why would you want to fight over anything?
Ask yourself this, Paul … as this “God of unconditional love” you have painted me … what do I gain from all this fear and sin other than this …
You keep telling ME that I choose between YOU. That’s what’s “in it” for me.
And choosing which of you to love and which to not love is – by definition – “conditional love” … and THAT is just not me at all.
to be continued …