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Eternal life is about quality of life, not about an endless quantity of time.

Eternal life is Now: living a quality of life that is faithful to G-d‘s vision for humanity and creation. It is not about some “heaven” we may or may not enter after death.

This distortion of Eternal Life has led to a theology that embraces justification by works or confession of faith. That is, life’s solo purpose is to do and say the correct confession of faith in order to enter heaven, as if there were one “up in the sky” and a hell  “below us.” (Archaic cosmology!) 

Eternity is quality, not quantity; not heaven or hell, but Now. Living in the moment, knowing God’s call from a realized future so we may live without fear or division, anger or grief overwhelming us today.

This moment. Now. This is eternal life, the Eternal Now (Paul Tillich).

We know, “historically,” that Jesus of Nazareth was biologically male.

(I wonder at times if the first Messiah were a woman, but no one would listen to Her.)

Theologically, according to the creeds and the doctrine of the trinity, Jesus was raised from the dead by G-d to “sit on the right hand of G-d” (as doctrine reads). If G-d is not a human being, G-d is beyond gender. If, as doctrine reads, again), Jesus of Nazareth became the Christ, the second person of the trinity, i.e., G-d, than Christ cannot be a ‘he’. Jesus was a ‘he’. Christ as G-d is not gendered.

We can refer to G-d as ‘She’ at times, for equal opportunity reasons. But we have never referred to Christ as ‘She’, only as ‘He’. (Except for musician Bobby Mcferrin who refers to Christ as “Daughter” in The 23rd Psalm.)

So, must we genderize Christ in our worship and liturgy?

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LITURGIC:

“… elements to which worship must always be responsive and the implications of those elements for our time and context.”

Howard G. Hageman, Pulpit and Table, 1962

If I were to write a book (ha), it would be about the liturgics in today’s worship, in that it would address the elemental fallacies (theological, biblical, liturgical, and sociological) I can no longer tolerate — and find toxic — in worship and liturgy.

I can no longer attend worship, for I become enraged, despondent, and alienated from those around me.

Inmaculada Concepción

Inmaculada Concepción

Topics to be Deconstructed:

Mary, the mother of Jesus as a virgin;

the Immaculate Conception;

creedal histories and their literal interpretation;

Jesus was a Christian;

the four canonized gospels as central to a Christian liturgy;

the Christianizing of Hebrew Scriptures, especially the Psalms;

the meanings of “Lord” and “Master” in NTer vs. OTer;

OTer vs Hebrew Scriptures;

the Apocrypha;

“the words Jesus taught us to pray…”;

the “Lord’s” Prayer;

the Doxology;

the lack of a biblical basis for the Trinity;

who is Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus, the Christ;

Jesus raised himself from the tomb;

Jesus died to save us from our sins (sacrificial atonement in prayer and Sacrament)

eternal life is heaven after death;

the hermeneutic of the “Second Coming“;

the dualism adopted from the Greek world;

the Omni-God from the Greek world;

the human condition is sinful, i.e., not pleasing to God;

God is a human being and has chromosomes.

Christ as the male Good Shepherd

Christ as the male Good Shepherd