Is the bible even necessary if …

Can someone explain to me the difference between “legalism” (in my experience usually written of as “bad”), and “biblically correct” which uses different language (but ends up in the same place: commandments and “rules”) and is talked of as “good” (or even “necessary”).

My journey with the church and the bible left me this: there are so many words written in and outside of the bible because we really (really!) don’t want to get “love without condition”.

In previous conversations about “love without condition” I have been lovingly slapped down. 

What kind of love … what if that love endorses “bad people” (and/or beliefs) … what if the recipient lives the motto “law of the jungle” and imposes their will on everyone …  Essentially that “love is not enough – we need rules to keep the weak safe”.

Which is simply saying that love is weak. And it isn’t. Love is the toughest and most lasting thing I have ever come across. It is living and lives before birth, during life, and after death.

Love me, love you and love your neighbour as yourself.   Love without condition and let me take care of the rest.

Facebook prompted my words today: “Why Do So Many Christians Ignore the Command to Take Care of the Poor?”

Love isn’t mentioned.  Commandments are.  Why is that?  Why do we favour the pale conditional full of get-out-clauses “imitation of love” as described in the commandments?  And why do we consider that to be good theology?  Consider it to be correct bible reading.  Call it being a good Christian.

For me it makes God exclusive.  Keeps him in a nice neat box.  Keeps him out of sight behind the big polished church doors.  And allows “Christians” off the hook every time.  

Love without condition and let me take care of the rest.

Isn’t that biblically correct and all that I need?  Doesn’t that allow any of us the opportunity to walk in Love without donning a strait-jacket of correct religion?

We are coming up to the time of year the church loves best.  The time of year seen as the best marketing pitch for making new converts.  The time of the year when church life becomes all-consuming and burn-out far too frequent.  When Love Without Condition requires the “Christmas Story” full of conditions like sin and forgiveness, like death and
rebirth, like saying the right words as judged by the church. 

Love without condition and let me take care of the rest.

Wouldn’t that fix so much for so many without all the politicking of the secular and religious?  The politicking of which faith can gets most bums on seats (and coins in the collection)?  Of who is right and who is wrong about the bible?  Because my thought is this …

Is the bible even necessary if we all loved without condition and let him tale care of the rest?

It’s why I don’t go to church anymore.  It’s why I don’t study the bible anymore.  It’s why I don’t call myself a Christian anymore.  Too limiting.  To strait-jacket.  Too prescriptive.  Too “legal” whether legalese or correct theology.  I have to compromise and love conditionally.  I have to fit-in and believe the right things.  I have to be correct or incorrect.  I have to agree to NOT love without condition and let him take care of the rest.  I have to take care of the rest which stops me loving without condition.

Facebook is powerful.  So easy to throw up a meme, a neat phrase, a belief that always comes with conditions.  And results in me adding a few of my own.

I see him and what the bible means everywhere and in everyone.  I don’t distinguish between rich or poor, west or east, colour or a different colour, saved or saved for something else, churched or bigger than the church.  All of that is conditional and divisive.

What I see and am becoming day-by-day is love without condition (and let him take care of the rest).  

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.