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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Second lie : Seven great lies of Organized religion

I dont know if this is a copyright violation or something but I think this might actually help someone so - posting it here.


Lie #2:

'God is huge and unapproachable, and He wants you to labor,
struggle and live in guilt.'

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John,

2000 years ago, they wouldn't even dare say the word
'God.' God was distant, remote, terrible.

But Jesus had his own words for God, and he used them freely.
They were controversial, even scandalous.

His words for God:

'Daddy.'

And 'Your heavenly father.'

So when the Religious Gestapo condemned him for hanging out
with ruffians and women of ill-repute, he told an even more
scandalous story:

'There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to
his father, 'Dad, I wish you were dead. Why don't we pretend you
are dead, and give me my share of the family estate.' So the
father divided his property between them.

A few days later, the disrespectful son packed his bags and
headed for a distant land. He squandered his inheritance on wine,
women and song. And when he had spent everything, a great famine
arose in that country, and he got hungry.

So he got a job feeding pigs. (Jewish people considered pigs
to be utterly repulsive.)

This young man would gladly have eaten the pods that the swine
ate; but no one gave him anything.

But when he came to his senses, he said to himself, `How many
of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but
I'm here starving! He went back to his father. But while he was
still far away, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and
embraced him and kissed him.

The son said, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and before
you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

But the father said to his servants, `Go get the best robe,
and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his
feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and
have a huge party; for this my son was dead, and is alive again;
he was lost, and is found.'

Jesus sums it all up like this: 'I tell you, there will be
more joy in heaven over one sinner who comes back than over
ninety-nine people who are already good.'

The father in the Prodigal Son story was not concerned with
his dignity. He was not concerned with what was 'fair.' When
his son wanted to go his own way, he let him go. But he was
watching out the window the whole time, hoping he would come back.

That's Jesus' picture of God - just like the father in this
story. Loving. Forgiving. Approachable. And that was radical.

In fact his very first public speech was scandalous because
he was talking to the hometown boyz. Luke tells the story in
chapter 4, like this:

The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling
it, he found the place where it is written:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the
attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the
synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by
saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled
in your hearing."

This is not a guy who's afraid to rock the boat.

Tomorrow I'm going to attack Lie #3:

'You are not smart enough or good enough to think for
yourself. We will do your thinking for you.'

Respectfully Submitted,

Perry Marshall

Get the whole story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:
http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke%2015:11-32;&version=31

Hear the Live "Uncut" version of 7 Great Lies:
http://www.coffeehousetheology.com/7lies/
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