This contention that connecting Jesus to the sun constitutes a "modern" phenomenon is easily demonstrated to be false, through the study of ancient texts, including the Bible and works of the early Church fathers, as well as Christian traditions, rituals, architecture and artifacts. From a wide variety of sources, it is clear that associating, identifying and equating Christ with the sun began in ancient times and has continued abundantly over the many centuries since then.
First let me say, great post, and thanks for writing it.
The leadership and traditionalism issues have been extremely difficult in full-time ministry, and I think you might have to be a minister to really appreciate it. Allow me to share some of the other reasons I decided to leave full-time ministry in Churches of Christ.
Do we ever stop and listen to ourselves when we say things like that? This has got to be one of my biggest struggles. So many people are deeply concerned about what we believe about every religious issue.
But at the center of the Christian faith is not a teaching, but a Person. It needs to form us, change us. Just like the Pharisees, we can use theological endeavoring as a replacement to loving God and loving people.
In Galatians, Paul is nothing short of violently opposed to this type of teaching and thinking. I think CofC theology is typically very man-centered what we have to do to make God like usrather than God-centered we love Him because He first loved us.
This kind of legalism produces fear, pride, and terribly unhealthy spirituality. If you look at the Amish, you might say they froze in the s. Most Churches of Christ have frozen in s culture. Everything, from the dress, the language, the music, the versions of the Bible is indicative of a culture in the past.
Taking risks, movement, vision, are all things we fear and avoid. Fear only lasts so long, and it never produces true Christian maturity. I think something is wrong when we settle for a church that exudes anything but the spirit of faith and mission we see in Acts. I felt like I was disobeying God to stay in a church which continually supported a way of thinking that is completely contrary to Jesus.
But as for me, I need to go be with people who are actively following Jesus and making more followers of Him. Globally, these churches also face pastoral and membership issues. Thus, the problem is not limited to Churches of Christ — and Churches of Christ should not be considered unique in their problems.
Interestingly, leadership is very different in the Churches of Christ than in the Orthodox or Catholic churches, yet the pastoral and membership problems remain. Of course, acknowledging that we are not unique presents another whole host of issues within our heritage! Jeff As a minister who recently left the Church of Christ, I can say that you hit the nail on the head with this post!
I would also add this: Church of Christ ministers are given all responsibility but no authority. They are expected to accomplish great things while being nothing but a hired hand, who can be dismissed at the drop of a hat for not visiting sister so-and-so often enough.
Mark Aaron Humphrey Leadership: If not democracy, what? This fact, the great retirement plan, and the arduous ordination process attract a particular type of person, often unable to lead well. I have several Methodist colleagues who have even worse stories about the seemingly random and undermining impact of their system as well.
My experience in teaching suggests that termed contracts tend to create artificial drama, and tenure makes accountability difficult.
It suffers without those things.
There is great wisdom in the silence of Scripture, and nowhere is this more true than in regards to worship. We create idols when we speak for God.Serapis – Greco-Egyptian version of Zeus that was supplanted by Jesus. Picture Essay. Religious fusion in Ancient Egypt – Alexandria, the breeding ground of cults Christianity was the ultimate product of religious syncretism in the ancient world.
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The Case Against The Case for Christ A response to Christian apologetics literature This review and analysis is of the book The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel.
The Case Against The Case for Christ A response to Christian apologetics literature This review and analysis is of the book The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel. Development of Eucharistic Understanding There is mystery in the natural world around all around us as the great scientist Einstein once observed and this is certainly also the case with religion and especially Christianity, beginning with the mystery of the incarnation of Christ.