2012-11-26 – Started reading the New Testament last night. I’ve done this before, but only got through part of it. I’ve been through five or six chapters so far. It’s pretty stunning.
The thing that is stunning about it is how disconnected it is from the Christian right. This is probably true of the Christian left as well. But the right is so adamant about “their” Bible and how glorious it is.
So I’m sitting and reading the Sermon on the Mount and finding that it largely contradicts everything these folks proclaim—at least in the media. I’m just waiting to get to the part where Jesus says, “just kidding!” I mean he has to do that, right? Otherwise, they’d be calling this guy a socialist . . . or worse.
Honestly, I don’t expect Jesus to take it back. I wouldn’t be surprised to find some contradictions. The Old Testament has them, so why wouldn’t the New? But a total repudiation of Jesus’ message of love and compassion? I’m really not expecting that.
Jesus’ talk about Pharisees seems to describe the publicly religious of all eras. Don’t tell me how righteous you are, just do it.
That’s all I have to say about this until I get further into the Book, but it is so amazing that I had to say something.
And one other thing.
What’s for dinner? I’m not up for any wine or wafers.
The kitchen is out of commission until we have it rebuilt. So I’ll have to make do on a bagel or go out.