cartoon: corrections

Let’s deconstruct the primal good news with a modern fundamentalist critique!

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23 Replies to “cartoon: corrections”

  1. david! this is an excellent commentary, but sad that it is all too true. but i am happy to say that i still thrill at the original intention of the angels proclamation, and so glad we have cause to celebrate the joy God intended for us all (and i do mean ALL)! : )

  2. Ooh! Though when seeing this and reading all the comments had the alt title “Not the YouVersion God Was Thinking Of.” as always David, thanks for provoking reflections about behaviors and perceptions.

  3. You’ve again raised the bad news element within fundamentalism that’s contrary to the bigger gospel within which it lurks. Brilliant! may the prophetic art keep flowing my Canadian friend.

  4. This is so cool. I showed it to someone who isn’t a believer, but used to be, and they laughed out loud and said they couldn’t believe that a pastor would draw something like that! Is that good or not? I think it’s good, so there you are……Crystal.

  5. So is it good news for all or for some? If all, it does not mean ‘all’ will necessarily see it that way or believe it. For some? Surely if good news brings hope to some, we can’t rob them of that.

  6. It’s a wonder we can have any shared knowledge of God. Just when a group says something they think is definite about God, others tear it down. We love muddy waters.

  7. The Prodigal Prophet,
    The person who made up the “doctrine grid” tried to nail down some things. Those were things that he thought were essential or, in his eyes, if you did not have then your faith was not authentic.

    I took your thankfulness that there was no “doctrine grid” to mean that you did not agree with some of the things he nailed down.

    So, I asked you to nail down at least one thing that you thought was essential and you denied there was any requirement for faith by saying, “It just is”. In other words, faith is a formless, empty void that you can fill with whatever you want and take out when it suits you if you aren’t happy with it, or when you’ve been challenged on it.

    Yet, even in your answer there are at least some broadly definable terms. You equate your formless, empty void with trust. Therefore, your faith must have some definable thing or person that you deem to have authority in matters you do not. You called this authority divine, which refers to a supernatural being, and you gave that being one attribute: love.

    Adding all this together, you faith is made up of trust in the authority of a God-like being who at least emanates love or is love.

    By your non-answer I extract an answer. Even in muddy water, there is some semblance of clear water.

    If I made a “doctrine grid” out of this would you approve it, or disapprove? Are you ready to stand by the things that you have just barely nailed down?

  8. Yap ! it’s me Louise. I couldn’t resist “taking” your name…hihi hope you can forgive me but we “francofun” have to stick together…:)

  9. Daniel that was excellently delivered. Jesus Himself said there were musts regarding new life in Christ. The main one that comes to mind is Ye “must” be born again. Thanks, Steve.

  10. Dear Daniel and Steve

    Only concepts can be ‘nailed down’ – thankfully God can’t – at least not now! I guess he was once but that’s another story.

    A wise man once told me this wee story.

    One cannot capture the essence of a river by pulling out buckets of water as it passes.

    Such are our efforts to capture the Divine in our concepts, whether conservative, liberal or emerging.

    Bless you both on your journey


  11. I asked you for one thing essential to faith, not God.

    Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

    You’d think between the existence of over 700,000 words in the Bible and the testimony of nature we could know at least something about faith.

    Some people debate whether or not we even exist. If we don’t at least know one thing more than them, what good is our faith?

    1Cr 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    That verse is from Paul who built upon the foundation of Jesus and wrote the complex and scholarly book of Romans. Thank God he didn’t stop at just knowing Christ and him crucified.

    Hbr 6:1-2 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

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