Just below is an excerpt from my book The Lies, The Truth, The Way. I wrote it three years ago. At the time I was a Unitarian Christian with universalist leanings and Buddhist sympathies. I have, since then, completely rejected Christianity. I am now an agnostic Buddhist. The following excerpt was written when I was much more sympathetic towards Christianity and, thus, less direct in my prose.
Here’s the excerpt:
May as well tackle the biggest taboo first. The Bible, that most venerable and venerated of books, upon which the whole of Christianity is supposed to be based upon, did not fall from the sky like manna from Heaven. I am often amazed at how little Christians actually know ABOUT the book. Oh, sure, they know what it says, they quote it, they reference it, they base their lives upon this or that passage. But they never question where it came from. “The Bible is the Inspired, Infallible Word of God!” This statement in some form or other graces the top level of every doctrinal statement. But why? Where does it come from? How did it get here?
Posted on Cowtippers 06-17-08
It’s interesting that on a group that is supposed to be exploring truth there are many engaging in a whole host of wishful thinking about the evil that exists in the universe–or at least on this planet.
I am a sometimes ornery member of the SacredCowTippers group on Yahoo. I often write witty, profound, exciting and exemplary posts as I expound on certain religious subjects. I say that humbly, of course. HA!
From today forward I shall preserve some of these posts for the teensy few who are lucky enough to find their way here. This is the first installment.
— In SacredCowTippers@yahoogroups.com, Brehmites@… wrote:
> Someone sent me this article — I found it timely and interesting, and so I
> responded in places — hope it edifies! (The article authors are in black
> font, I am purple; or, if you get it in one color, the article is indented, I’m
> to the left margin.)
This is a lot of cows to kick around. As usual, from out in the hinterland where I dwell I see things differently. I’ll make general comments and then a couple of points… if I may? I have deleted much of your post to shorten up the file.
First, the question of “legalism” and all that junk–and it is junk– never comes up except in JUDEO-Christian circles where certain things are a given: Continue reading