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Posted February 15, 2013
More so than either of Jay¿s previous books, Faith, Doubt, And O
More so than either of Jay’s previous books, Faith, Doubt, And Other Lines I’ve Crossed powerfully lays out the case that the Bible has been misinterpreted and misrepresented, causing untold suffering for both Christians and non-Christians.
Without forcing any one particular set of doctrine on the reader, Jay shows what the message of Christ truly was in the New Testament: that we should love one another unconditionally and care for the least of those among us. This is a love that is challenging, if not impossible. But the radical grace that Christ exemplified is our blueprint; he showed us what the church should look like, which is nothing like what we have today. Legalism and separation are the easy way out. People naturally want rules and codes that can organize belief but unfortunately, the grace that Christ embodied does not work within that context.
Jay doesn’t hide from his views on topics like the afterlife and homosexuality, but he also makes it clear that complete agreement on these isn’t necessary to understand the message of the gospel. We may have our differences but there is nothing stopping us from uniting behind the principles of compassion, peace, patience, love and understanding.
This is a must-read for both Christians and non-Christians alike; the position that Jay advocates is a crystal-clear call for what believers need to do to bring the church into the future. Those outside the church have already made their decision, and more are making the decision to leave every year. The Christian church will not survive by keeping down the path it is currently on. Only by refocusing on Christ and his core message of love will the church survive.
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Posted February 20, 2013
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