Canon

I’m not a Christian, so my opinion on this subject shouldn’t really matter.

But it irks me that the Epistles are included in the Bible.  They are letters from one Christian to a greater Christian community. When they’re elevated to Scripture. To the “Word of God”, they lose that.

What should be seen as simply the writing of Paul or James (or whomever originally wrote the epistles attributed to these figures), instead becomes infallible. The unquestionable Word of God.

This isn’t right to me. Especially because Paul’s writings have been used to justify misogyny. Misogyny that Jesus never espoused.

This is one of the problems with fundamentalism.

If I were to revamp Christianity, only the reputed quotes of Jesus (the ‘red letter’ material would be important (particularly the Sermon on the Mount). The rest are important, but only in a historical sense.

The Old Testament would be what happened before Jesus came, it’s the sacred writings of the Jews.  But was superseded when Jesus came.

The Gospels shouldn’t be considered as infallible since they were written decades after the fact, by people Jesus hadn’t even met (in some cases).  But they’re important because they contain what is believed to be the teachings of Jesus.

Anything afterwards is just of historical only. Acts (which is great for telling the story of what happened to the Apostles after Jesus died but shouldn’t be The Word of God), the Epistles, and Revelation.

I don’t even know why Revelation is in the Bible.  It’s so different in tone and so densely symbolic compared to the rest of the Bible. No one can say for certain what it means, so why even include that? How can you interpret something as The Word of God when you don’t even know what it means? As far as I’m concerned, it”s Christian art.  Certainly shouldn’t be taken as infallible.

I realize there are already ‘Red Letter Christians’ out there, and if I could believe in Jesus as the Son of God, I’d probably consider myself one of them.

It amazes me that the early Protestants were able to revamp Christianity entirely, but still kept the canon pretty much as is.  They wanted to distance themselves from almost everything that the Catholics and Orthodox did, but they still kept their canon.

It’s unfortunate. Because if the only thing fundamentalists had to go by was the actual reputed words by Jesus, Christianity would have been a much different religion.

 

~ by sacredblasphemies on 08/23/2011.

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