Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Strange Anomoly of Christian Doctrine Versus Most Christian Moral Affirmations

Strange how the theology and doctrine of the Christian religion and the Bible have been shown to be delusional, not based in reality, and have often led to persecution, oppression, slaughter, hate, rivalry, division, prejudice, theft, lying, and other immoral and unjust actions YET

many of the moral affirmations and prohibitions of the Christian religion and the New Testament have been shown to be true and trustworthy—exactly how all humans ought to think and act.

I wonder why that is?

Galatians 5:19-25

19 Now immoral ways are evident:
sexual immorality,
moral impurity,
fits of anger,
and things like these.

I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

In the Light of what is True, Good, Kind, and Just,

Dan Wilcox


Bill said...

It seems to me that the most obvious reason something may appear to be true is because it is, in fact, true. Obviously some things that appear to be true are on closer examination false. But it would be reasonable, I think, to presume until proven otherwise proven that when a claim strikes us as true and meritorious, that is because it is in fact true and meritorious.

Daniel Wilcox said...

Hello Bill, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Seeking to find what is true has been for me a difficult challenge, basically, since I encountered the shocking fact at 17 years of age that most Christians throughout history believed in a completely different God than the one that I had been taught to believe in and experienced.

Then off I went a year later to the University of Nebraska and encountered mostly non-Christians who mostly believed in a very different view of Reality than me.
Then to the Middle East, etc.
And dialoguing with diverse humans with all sorts of contradictory lifestances over the last 51 years...
And finding most of those contradictory views within meetings of Friends!

Sometimes it appears that we humans, even Quakers, agree on almost nothing. Once in a while, I feel like Albert Camus the French philosopher and novelist who thought that reality is "absurd."

But as I expressed in the brief reflection, moral realism does seem to be very true, while abstract philosophy and theology, are more questionable, lacking in evidence.

Though, I've encountered many Quakers who even deny moral realism, which leaves me very confused. So I am out here as a Friend in the fields:-)