Saturday, October 18, 2008

The tragedy of truncated Christianity

My comment to a commenter at re "Joe the Plumber's (assumed) Christianity":

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Posted by: JoshuaLudd on Oct 16, 2008 1:30 PM
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"I don't know if you guys are Christians or not, but it's like someone coming to Jesus and becoming saved. These guys have freedom. ..."

Because we all know Christians want more freedom than anybody else... unless you are gay, female, choose to live your life differently than they say, or are of another religious faith.

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Posted by: racetoinfinity on Oct 18, 2008 6:00 AM
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The problem with Christianity is that it was purched of its higher mystical elements at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE (the Gnostic Gospels, that state Jesus's teachings that the Kingdom is WITHIN; this was a huge threat to the emerging Papacy which wanted to consolidte its power over the people). Today, the choice most people have who choose Christianity to fill their spiritual needs is to remain mired (or regress to) a pre-ratioanl mythic-membership level of consciousness, where the Bible is believed to the the literal word of God, there's a Daddy figure to pray to, who will fix all your problems, that liberation through Jesus is the ONLY true path. (Islam has a similar though not identical problem.) This has led to the disaster of an irrational Christianity with its higher development cut off, that people either have to embrace or become atheists/agnostics (unless they have the sense to investigate the Eastern religions like Vedanta, Buddhism, Integral Yoga, or the emerging Integral Spirituality exemplified by Ken Wilber an others).

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