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Why I don’t believe IN tradition but I stand ON it, Part 2 April 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joel @ 1:20 am

         This is part 2 of this little reflection, 2 more to come after this!

I have come to the place in my studies where I have been shown the fallacy of thinking that we, as a part of the Church, can write our own story, we cannot.  We already have a very specific story, in our scriptures and history, of which we are a part.  This story has certain characters who had certain responses to different events in certain ways.  The foremost of these characters is Jesus of Nazareth, who we say is our model.  He led a very specific life. 

                  I would say, “this of course goes without saying,” but I do not think that it does.  For many of us, Jesus has become individually and corporately the savior of our souls and the founder of our religion who we honor by talking about him as much as possible. But he was given as our model in order that we would, in the power of the Holy Spirit, follow in Jesus’ way of life, death and resurrection and in that way honor him. The idea is, i think, that we should hear the stories of Jesus not in order to believe that they happened, for we already assume this, but so that we may encourage each other to live in the same way and in the same power that he did.

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2 Responses to “Why I don’t believe IN tradition but I stand ON it, Part 2”

  1. Matt Says:

    Joel

    I think you have put into words something I have been working out for a few years now. I find it so saddening to encounter people who talk about Jesus in a way that you could substitute “Jesus” with other words. Douglas Coupland tells the story of a man listening to Christian radio and hearing people talk about Jesus in a way that sounded to him like “jesus is __________”, eg. Jesus is a wife who loves me, Jesus is fulfillment, etc. But none of these sentences are actually about Jesus, this actual guy who did stuff, ate stuff and pooped stuff. I like it when you say
    ” But he was given as our model in order that we would, in the power of the Holy Spirit, follow in Jesus’ way of life, death and resurrection and in that way honor him. The idea is, i think, that we should hear the stories of Jesus not in order to believe that they happened, for we already assume this, but so that we may encourage each other to live in the same way and in the same power that he did.”

    THinking about you’s guys a lot.
    Matt

  2. jac Says:

    joel,
    definitely loving your blog lately and this theme that has been running through it.


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