Why would anyone within the Christian faith desire to be known as a heretic? Cast out like a leper, always on the verge of getting stoned; and not the good kind of stoned! Sooner or later your orthodox friends will stop arguing with you, they will either accept you for who you are or pray for your eternal soul. Some may tell their friends that it is best not to associate with you because your heresies could lead them astray. I personally have been deleted on Facebook by many people including pastors who did not wish to view or argue my questions. Some have removed me from their social media as they fear I may influence their friends. I am flattered by the attention. I ask questions, but what I ask may not be what I believe. What if I do not know what I believe? What is wrong with asking questions pertaining to the very core of the faith? After all, as a Christian we are devoting our lives to this thing; might as well know what is really going on!
Here is the deal; the last execution for heresy took place in 1826 his name was Cayetano Ripoll. He was a Spanish school teacher who was put to death for supposedly teaching beliefs that were said to be deist. Yes, 1826 that was only about 200 years ago. Up until the modern era people have been frightened by the idea of thinking for themselves. Over the span of hundreds of years we have micro evolved into a people who give religious authority to the supposed chosen. This is very sad. The United States was founded by prominent deist who insisted on a separation between the church and the state. No longer will religion and government mingle; no longer will religion have authority over someone’s life. For the sake of freedom, for the love of country and my fellow Americans I am a proud questioner of the faith. I am a proud heretic!
Those that made decisions during the religious councils were no better than you or I. Generally as Protestants, like it or not, most orthodoxy is derived from the early councils. These guys did not even have a consensus of the divinity of Jesus. They created the doctrines of the faith based on early text which would become the Bible as we know it today and by the opinions of the members of the ecumenical councils which was led by the Pontifex Maximus. This was not a priest trained in theology this was the pagan Empower of Rome; Constantine. The Roman emperor was the high priest of all the Roman religions and this would now include Christianity. Of course they changed the name from College of Pontiffs to ecumenical councils to distance themselves from the pagan past. What is important is just as the council members rendered their opinion so you have authority in your opinion. Contrary to popular belief we can have a church with doctrines as different as its members.
A church with different opinions and beliefs, how can this be? Simple, the members of the church only need to live within the love of God. You may not believe the same way as your fellow but love teaches to be forever patient and kind. You may wish to dictate your opinion of the faith, but love teaches we should not be self-seeking. We should not hate, we should not boast, we should not hurt others. We must hope all things, believe all things, and when this world passes away we will one day know all things. Until then we know nothing. In fact we know less than nothing. The first step is to admit to yourself and God that we are lacking. If it is that simple, why do we make it so hard? We are human, that is my excuse. My simple teaching comes from 1 Corinthians 13 because of this teaching I am generally viewed as a heretic. I cause division because I seek to ultimately unite. I would have once been burned at the stake yet here I stand a proud heretic!
IT HAPPENED AGAIN: This is what Mario Murillo states in is article loathing the fact that “millions of Spirit-filled Christians voted for the Democratic party.” Oh no! We are going to reap God’s judgment now! The silliness of the Evangelical church does not stop! Murillo is one of its clowns leading a three ring circus of fear. I want break down his article; but first I want to let you know why I am writing this. I am not against Murillo; I am against the division this type of rhetoric creates. Basically it is implied that Republicans are the party of God and Democrats the party of Satan. Of course it is the same issue, abortion; and well add in some sex to spice it up. Evangelicals seem to be more fascinated with sex than a teenager.
I am not accusing Murillo of being a racist as he assumes some people may think; I truly understand why he believes the way he does. I can understand this type of Christianity because I once possessed similar theology. Murillo is disappointed in the African American church in which he claims 90% voted for the Democratic Party. I am sure he used sound research to come up with that statistic. Before that statement he seems offended by a quote which states “White men are the biggest terror threat.” Well it is true. The white race has caused more terrorism in the United States than any other to date. He writes in horror that “We are left with the inescapable conclusion that born-again and Spirit-filled Christians in large numbers voted for the Democratic Party.” Oh no! Not the Democratic Party! The Party that desires to expand healthcare, raise the minimum wage, protect the rights of minorities, and just be nice people to each other. We do not need to change religious beliefs Murillo, we need to get our hermeneutics correct; or at least try. I think love would fall into a good category to start.
But of course I hate the babies because I support democrats; how can I be a Christian and vote pro-? Life, death, I do not know; can we just stop! We could be more of a church if we decided to let go of our theological egos. Can we ever admit that even the most adept theologian cannot explain “clearly” verses in the Bible? As ministers we try by God’s grace. Claiming absolute knowledge is lying to the people who trust us.
Murillo claims that, “A vote is not a statement just of what you are against but also what you are for.” Well if that was the case we never would vote. We cannot be for and or against everything a politician or a Party is for. His claim makes no sense. And here we go Psalms 138:13 we can spin verses however you want, let me assure you none of them are clear. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” The Psalmist seems to be expounding on his desire to be in God’s presence from beginning to end, to be delighted in the Lord, to allow the Lord to search him and be united to him. I really do not think that David understood biology or medical science very well. But maybe; who knows? Regardless I am not a fan of abortion; who is? It is a serious event in a woman’s life that can be forever life altering. As a Christian I would never counsel anyone to have an abortion, and I would never judge a woman who has. It is not my place, my places to love not legislate morality. We do not know what put that woman in that place. We cannot understand her pain. Further if you want to play by Murillo’s rules by voting Republican you are voting to keep in place policies that create catalyst for abortions. Poverty being a major catalyst; but who cares about the poor as Jesus said, “They will always be with us.” See, I can spin verses like records.
Murillo states, “Have you ever wondered why Planned Parenthood fights so hard to convince a fetus is not a person? Even they know, if a fetus is indeed a person abortion is taking a human life.” No, Mario I did not, and you did not give us your opinion either. I am assuming because you think that Planned Parenthood is some demonic entity that is bent on killing as many unborn babies as possible. I am sure you think that they have a production goal that they must reach. You, and Evangelicals like you are what is dividing the church. I can agree with you on some points. I do not think that abortions should be celebrated, life is precious; all life. We do not however know when a fetus is ensouled. We don’t and we probably never will. To believe, at the time of conception is just a guess.
You state that some Democrats believe that the Bible can be hateful. Yes, it can be hateful. The KKK, the Confederate Army, and slave owners defended their actions with Bible verses. You say that we should not leave Jesus out of the voting booth, I agree. The fact is the majority of the Republicans platforms are anti-Christ. You are right, we are seeing damage done by Christians the problem is it is coming from you; not the people you are pointing fingers at.
All of us who have been raised in the conservative Christian church then woken up from the heavy burden of theocracy and mandatory all knowing theology; rules which the teachers do not even follow, understand this journey towards freedom. It is not always an easy way out! We have been programmed and now it is time to be free. Jesus said “My yoke is easy and burden is light.”