Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Identify Your Theology: Ninth Question

Identify Your Theology:
Ninth Question

Yesterday, I asked you what you believe about who Jesus is or was.

Today, we are turning our attention to another question, but before we do that, head on over to your retreat room so you can relax and let go of any of the day’s stress. Or listen to the brief relaxing meditation right here...

Today’s Question

What do you believe the divine expects of us as human beings? 

Are there rules we should use to govern our behavior? And are we to think of ourselves as good or fundamentally flawed & in need of help or rescue?

"Most world religions teach that human nature is flawed, and that there is something fundamentally wrong with all human beings that must be corrected in order to reach that religion's idea of salvation or enlightenment. This wrongness maybe called original sin or ego or desire or free will or any other of a number of names, but the existence and overcoming of this inherent wrongness is the basis of the spiritual practices, sacraments, and ethics practiced by their members. In such religions, the wrongness frequently doesn't end with human beings but extends into the entire physical world so that we are seen to be surrounded by wrongness, to be spiritually unsafe, and are encouraged to feel that life is a very dangerous undertaking." 

"The theology of original sin and the need to be saved and redeemed didn't sit too well with me. I didn't understand why Jesus needed to sacrifice himself to save us. I thought if I understood this was all rather silly and probably made up by religion, not God, then why didn't he? It never occurred to me that perhaps this was a difference between the historical Jesus and the one painted in the scriptures... I assumed if there was another view of Jesus, then of course, to be fair, the Church would present that." ~~Christopher Penczak in Jesus through Pagan Eyes

Journal Questions

Now that you’ve read today’s question and a quote or two to get you thinking, head on back into the mini-retreat to blow out the candle, close the retreat and to see the journal questions and hear the blessing I’ve written for you. 

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Have a great day!

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  1. I am so glad I got to visit this sacred space. Mmmm. Hot cocoa!! I am right underneath you today in the Ultimate Blog Challenge Comment Chain - I know I was meant to be here and to get to know you.

    The questions are great. I'll be heading back into them throughout the day. I adore the possibilities within mystic contemplation. Happy Day!

    1. Thanks, Julie!! So glad you came by and shared your thoughts with me.

  2. I do believe that humans are prone to sin ... in fact, not able to be perfect...and that the wages of sin is death. Jesus took our wages ..death, paid our penalty. Now we are able to live eternally, with God, if we choose. Thanks for thought-provoking questions.

    1. Hi Melinda! Thanks so much for sharing your beliefs!! I have wondered how Christians would feel about sharing what they think since I am not one and that would be obvious, and I hoped I have been friendly enough that everyone would know they are welcome here.


Thanks so much for coming to visit and sharing your thoughts! Let me know where you are and I'll come say hello at your place next.

By the way, I know that sometimes my readers disagree with what I say here and I wanted to let you know that not only is it okay with me if you happen to as well, but you also are welcome to tell me so, as long as you do so kindly.

Have a great day!