You can find the original post that this response is based upon here.  (Follow the comments deep inside to find the ones from Mrs. Melody Spencer)

Do you have God in a box?  Apparently he is available to be neatly packaged, wrapped up and kept on a shelf right next to the shotgun, axe and knives to be pulled out when you feel threatened, and used as a blunt instrument to pummel and bludgeon intruders into your tidy little religious world.  

It would also appear that faith has been summarized into the pages of a religious text that have no need for understanding of historical context, and are free from the evils of human interpretation.  This book has suddenly become self evident truth to all who would read it.  Of course this automatically and coincidentally explains the 700+ *christian* sects and denominations that each claim a corner on this truth based upon their own unique slant.

It never ceases to amaze me how quick we are to call out the sins of those around us, and justify our self proclaimed right to pronounce judgement based upon our own self-righteous proclamation that we have cornered the truth.  We have been made privy to the inner mind of God Almighty, and can therefore never be questioned, and can certainly never be bothered to ask ourselves the simple question: “what if I am wrong?”  

Yes that’s right my dear readers, what if you are in fact WRONG???  Wrong. As. Hell?  What if your interpretation is incorrect?  What if the preachers, pastors, ministers, bishops, elders, deacons, priests, etc. have led you astray?  What if the fundamental premise of your religion is flawed?  What if God is bigger than your box?  Is it possible that you have made assumptions about God based on human tradition?  Flawed.  Human.  Tradition.  Can you admit that it is at least possible that we are all searching for truth, and that we are all on individual and unique paths, and that God is working with each of us in a unique way?  Is it possible that none of us has a corner on the mind of God, and it is only through our honest soul-wrenching surrender to the mystery of faith that we have any hope of discovering anything greater than the short years of our own human existence?

I am here today to proclaim that we have no business standing in judgement upon the eternal souls of our fellow man.  Eternal judgement must be left to eternal beings.  Where man is concerned we must be willing to admit that everything we have ever done has been mortal and flawed.  We must constantly evaluate and adapt and rethink and reprocess and reformulate; because we discover new and ever-changing truth with each passing day.  It was the church that persecuted those that said the earth was round.  It was the church that persecuted those that said the earth revolved around the sun.  It has been the church that has sanctioned any number of social ills right here in the United States (slavery, oppression of women, Jim Crow laws, segregation of the races, anti inner racial marriage, etc.) until people were brave enough to stand up and proclaim that those things were once accepted as truth can no longer be accepted.  And in each case the church has changed.  Let me please say that again.  The.  Church.  Has.  Changed!!!  Truth has triumphed in the moment, and mankind has adapted.  We would never dream of going back to a time where we believed the world to be flat, or the center of the universe.  We would never again put men and women on trial as witches.  We would never again enslave our fellow man.  And let’s talk about those things that are sanctioned in the Bible.  We would never drag a man and woman into the street for committing adultry and stone them to death.  We would never take a disrespectful child before church leaders and have them executed.

Times have changed.  Times will always change.  God cannot be kept in a box, whether that box is called the Bible, Christianity, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Episcopal, etc, etc, etc.  

I don’t pretend to have all the answers.  I don’t know what God will do with me when I am called to stand before him and give an accounting of my life.

If we want to talk about the things the Bible says that Jesus taught, I choose to dwell on statements like: “let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” “he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword,” “blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth,” “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”  If you are a christian you believe that Jesus was sent to be the saviour of man.  He came not to condemn but to save.

It is not my place to stand in judgement on anyone.  I will be tolerant of all viewpoints, beliefs and interpretations that differ from mine.  I will accept all people of all religious faiths, all races, all sexual orientations, and OMG even all political affiliations (did I say vote democrat in November?  Oh yeah, OBAMA ’08).  

Let it start with me.  Let it start with you.  We can make a difference.  Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, etc.  We must stand together for tolerance and acceptance, respect and understanding.  We can and we must coexist.  Humanity can overcome the flaws of the past.  Don’t allow hate in the guise of religious piety exist.  Don’t let it have a voice.  Stand against it.  Call upon the God of your understanding to assist you, to assist us, to assist mankind to advance beyond the old ways of hate and intolerance.

Take a stand for change.  YES WE CAN!!

 

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