I have been having a sort of discussion about Christians who claim they are not religious … or at least not part of organised religion.
I’ll be honest and say up front I think this is a bit of a sham and they are conning themselves, but I may be very wrong.
Here’s the question posed by the person I am in discussion ( very loosely) with.
”So…what if we actually followed Jesus and let Him deal with all our toxic issues: anger, sexual objectification, treachery, manipulation, revenge, enemy hatred, hypocrisy, greed, insecurity, judgmentalism, and self-centeredness… would the world be so poisoned?”
My own observations are that this is simply nonsense. Not that the traits expressed in the above quote from the blog piece aren’t destructive, but rather that one does not need the biblical character, Jesus of Nazareth, to recognize that these human actions are “toxic”. In fact, each could well be considered anathema to any sort of genuinely positive, healthy, happy lifestyle.
It is at this point that there must be an ”Ah, but …” and of course there is, for there is more to “Following” ( the teachings of) Jesus of Nazareth than simply eschewing formal religion, otherwise we could lump him in with the likes of many a Self-Help guru and then Jesus of Nazareth would be little different than a Galilean Tony Robbins.
So, do the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth “poison everything” as the writer asks?
Well, if we are prepared to follow every “teaching” as instructed, then quite possibly we could say: “Well, they most certainly poison some things.”
What do you lot think?