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A Deadly Mix May 29, 2009

Filed under: Books,Religion — lifewalkblog @ 12:05 am

“Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix. Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and who are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform. Beware those who cannot tell God’s will from their own. Temple police are always a bad sign. When chaplains start wearing guns and hanging out at the sheriff’s office, watch out. Someone is about to have no king but Caesar”

Barbara Brown Taylor in
A Deadly Mix

 

2 Responses to “A Deadly Mix”

  1. saradode Says:

    I love this!

    I no longer (if I ever did, it was probably up until about age 9) see the need to associate myself with any “organized religion”; I’ve come to believe that doing so can create more man-made barriers to touching God than bridges. I guess it’s hard for a lot of people to understand how someone can strive to emulate Jesus (not as the fire-breathing judge dressed in dazzling white just counting the moments until “Judgment Day”, but as a teacher of compassion, tolerance, love and finding the spark of God within all of us), and love and have faith in the Divine, yet not call herself one thing or another, or attend services of any kind.

    But God is not some static, limited rule-maker and dispenser of punishment waiting in some corner of the Universe to see who breaks the “rules”–what a dull world would have been created by a God like that! God can be perceived by all who choose to do so, regardless of their culture or beliefs, as long as they choose to be the reflections of God’s love that Jesus (and others) tried to teach us to be.

    I guess that, for some, forming a relationship with God without the interventions and structure of religious institutions feels like–well, being asked to walk across the water to take Jesus’ hand. But there’s a beauty in the freedom of it that I believe is also a reflection of the nature of God. It leaves us free to love, and to see the beauty of God’s creation around us, rather than seeing everything in terms of “Sin”/”righteousness”, right/wrong, etc.

    Anyway, I’ll be reading more–I’m intrigued by your post and your “About” page (I also like your taste in music…well, MOST of it!).

    Sara
    http://saradode.wordpress.com


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