So, I had this great analogy I was going to use about Star Wars and the Church, but seeing how I “blew my proverbial Star Wars load” on the last post, I am going to have to go old-school on you all and bust out with some Plato. Or, as none better than Vizzini puts it in The Princess Bride,
Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons!
Let me propose to you this simple series of questions:
Which of us can rightfully say that he or she understands the works of Plato better than Plato himself? Whom among us can grasp the concepts of Platonism better than Plato did? Who can claim to better understands the intent of Plato than Plato?
Granted, you may have been able to memorize his works better than he ever did, and maybe you can quote Plato to Plato til blue in the face; however, can you really ever claim to know his intent better than he?
Sorry, this would have been much cooler using George Lucas as the example.
Anyway, the point is pretty clear: No you can not know Plato’s work (the desire, intent, purpose, reason, point, and passion behind it) better than Plato ever did. That would be impossible.
In Church history we have “built off the knowledge” of certain founders, apostles, preachers, scholars and theologians. The basic idea being that all of them before us thought that they “had it right”, but they really did not have it right. Maybe they had a part that we like and keep, but the rest of it was pure nonsense. They thought that what they had was sacred and unchangeable; they were wrong. However, what we have now is right, is unchanging and infallible.
How can it be that we who are further away from the source (i.e. Jesus) of Christian intent can say that we understand this intent better than someone who was nearer to the source? Would not Jesus know his intent more than any other, followed by his disciples, then their students, and so on and so forth? Yet, we claim to now with our “better and more educated understandings” come to new revelations that Peter, Paul, and the founders of the church simply missed?
It is only in our our pride and ignorance we can say that we know the teachings and heart of Christ better and more than our Founding Fathers.
How can we “build off of” the works of Luther? Either he had it right or he suffered mental illness, was an Anti-Semite and a child molester.
We all know that the New Testament was compiled by men in the church because they believed that the God in the Old Testament and that the God of Jesus in were different Gods; we disagree with them, but we use their bibles.
When people point out that the God of the Old Testament seems a lot different than the God of the New Testament we discredit them; we say that they understand less than we do; yet, our Founders declared that they were different and should not be read as one.
We all call this New Testament divine and as a Church declared it “infallible”, then later removed several books from it that no longer fit with their “new understandings”.
We do not recognize that fact that even further back all Christianity was the Roman Catholic Church.
We quote men as heroes in our religion, as great theologians, who were Gnostic – not fundamentalists – who believed in reincarnation (i.e. Origen), who did not believe in a literal heaven or hell, and did not even believe in a historical Christ; they taught that the entire story of Jesus (birth, life, death and resurrection) was just an allegory (metaphor).
Most of these men we both burned at the stakes and made into Saints.
Either they are the heretics or you are; enough with these “new revelations”, let us go back to the source.
I propose that returning to a true Christianity would result in doing away with the religion of Christianity. I propose that if I were to suggest that there was no literal (historic) Christ – that this would not revolutionary but counterrevolutionary (going back to the source); if I were to teach reincarnation it would not be heretical but historical.
I propose that all religions that seek after One are One.
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