Confessions Of A Gospel Snob

I’m kind of tired of the New Testament. Earlier this summer I decided I would read the Bible cover to cover, so for the past several weeks I’ve been making my way through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and now, I’m in Numbers. It’s been both strange and refreshing. Honestly, I’m just kind of tired of the same old Christian posts on here and Facebook, and quite frankly, everywhere else. A lot of us (I’m sure I’m guilty, too) tend to just cycle through the same old ideas, and while they’re still true, and always will be, they just start to sound empty.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the message of the Gospel. I love Jesus. It’s all good over here. I just think that we need to find some new way of talking about it. Put it this way: it’s not cool. I know that’s not the point, and maybe you can’t express it in a way that’s “cool,” I also think that we need to get creative, especially if we’re going to teach the Gospel to younger people, and especially the next generation. I don’t know whether or not my brother is planning on ever having kids, but if he is, I want to make sure they know who Jesus is. I don’t know if I can trust my brother enough to do that (at least right now). I honestly have no idea what he believes. He’s an enigma to me. I can’t get a straight answer out of him, either. Alas.

What Iv’e read so far of the Old Testament has been interesting. Some things have been surprising. Some of the things God requires of Israel, and some of the things he does are confusing. It’s certainly different than the teaching of the Catholic Church in a lot of ways. I’m very interested to read the New Testament in perspective. I’m enjoying reading the Bible like this. I’m just focusing on it like it’s a story or a text book, which is different from my usual take on it (for obvious reasons). I think it’s actually helpful to view it in this way, which I haven’t done before, outside of school. The last time I did this kind of thing was four years ago, and that was for school.

I want to know God better. I don’t read the Bible enough. Some people read it every day. I think I’m just stubborn. I convince myself that I’m to busy, but I’m really not. I’m finding lately that I’m not very good at prayer. I find it difficult. I think I’ve always kind of had this problem, but I just haven’t noticed it. I probably just think too much about it. I don’t pray about what I’m reading. I probably should.

I trust God, and I love him. I can honestly say that because I’ve made it through some rocky places and come out better for the trouble. I think too much. It’s a giant pain in the neck sometimes. I’m a superstitious person. Before I was Christian I was willing to believe just about anything, and now that I am Christian, I’m willing to believe a lot (i.e. all my eggs are in one basket). I’m stubborn about it, too. That’s why I think we need to change the way the Gospel is presented. We need to make it “cool” while still being truthful. I’m not sure how to do that, but I’m sure we can figure it out. I definitely think music helps. Music is super helpful, actually. We need to exploit every medium we can. Not only that, but we need to invent new ways of expressing things. I know I’ve done this rant before, so I’ll shut up now.

Because in my world guinea pigs can fly!

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5 thoughts on “Confessions Of A Gospel Snob

  1. I don’t know whether or not my brother is planning on ever having kids, but if he is, I want to make sure they know who Jesus is. I don’t know if I can trust my brother enough to do that (at least right now).

    And for this reason I despise christianity and region in general.
    You have no damn right to ”teach”’ your brother’s children about the character Jesus of Nazareth.
    Let them be and at least allow them to become adults and let them make their own choice.

    That you claim to be a christian and have only now started to read the Old Testament is, with due respect, somewhat evidence of the insincerity of your position, and more pointedly testament to the power of indoctrination.

    Yahweh is supposedly the same god as the one in the New Testament, simply a different version, and Yahweh is nothing but an egotistical, genocidal maniac.

    Also, it won’t take more than a few cursory Google searches to discover that the Pentateuch is regarded by all except ignorant Fundamentalists as Historical Fiction, and the Genome Project put the proverbial boot in as far as Adam and Eve are concerned.
    You surely cannot believe in the literal history of the Exodus, for example or Noah’s ark, for goodness’ sake?

    Whatever your emotional problems were/are I am happy for you that you seem to have got a handle n them, but please, leave the kids alone.

    1. Of course I would let my brother’s kids make that choice. I just want to make sure they know what choice they have. As for the question of interpretation, I believe that a lot of the stories in the Bible are allegory. And no, I don’t believe that two people just popped up out of nowhere to populate the earth. This isn’t the first time I’ve read the Old Testament. I just don’t focus on a lot of it frequently, which I really do regret. I’m sorry that you have such a narrow and negative view of Christianity. Try and remember that we don’t all fit into the little box you’ve constructed for us.

      1. You believe a human walked on water and came back from the dead ad this same human is responsible fr the creation of the universe. Hmm …I think that’s enough crazy for anyone, don’t you?

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