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The Bible: Inspired or Inerrant? (Addendum)

Our two most recent blogs have argued for the view that the Bible should be viewed for what it says it is: inspired, not inerrant. This blog takes a different turn, almost whimsical.

But with clear warning signs for church orthodoxy. Considered are four seemingly disconnected observations about Matthew’s gospel and the ensuing aftermath.

Our path begins with Matthew and the "good news" of the gospel as he saw it. The path takes us by patriarchs of the post-apostolic church. We end in the 1970s with the pastor of a Baptist church in none other than the City of Jerusalem.

Taken together, the observations along this path lead to an alternative hypothesis as to how the synoptic gospels came into being – and what that means to Christianity today.

Rather than treat the gospels as, well, gospel, we are instead faced with a living, ever changing narrative of Jesus as Savior and expositor of the kingdom of God.

Inspiring? Yes, but only as we interpret scripture in the light of historic authenticity coupled with the ever wily breath of the Spirit – all played out uniquely in the lives and communities inhabited by each follower of the kingdom around and before us. .

Take a look and see what you think - as we probe yet deeper into the age-old question of biblical inspiration vs. inerrancy with this supplemental installment of the jesustheheresy
blog
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Michelangelo portrays St. Matthew as breaking free to write what church patriarchs describe as the first gospel written -- known down through the ages as "the greatest story ever told."

Free to portray Jesus the Christ "as is?" Or with liberty to also spin his gospel as "prophecy fulfilled?"

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At this website, we invite you to explore new perspectives on Jesus the god-man. Layered into this site are multiple levels of heresies that challenged then shaped Christianity, varied canonical and non-canonical views on multiple aspects of Christian faith and practice, and God's approach of messy vitality to building a written Word.

We at jesustheheresy.com are committed to rediscover the
Jesus of history. A Jesus stripped of dogma, unfettered by preconceptions of the right and the left.

If that's not enough, go further and pursue God's kingdom economy, reconsider the question of eternal damnation, the sometimes kindred and often contentious spirit of Islam and Christianity, and the case to re-boot Christianity.

Jerusalem's Dung Gate - at the entrance to the Temple Mount and Western Wall. Today as well as historically, a symbol of the political, social and economic conflicts facing not just Israelis and Palestinians, but prospects for peace and good will among men and women - all set within this divine experiment around this small globe.

What would Jesus make of it all?

 


Twelve Heresies of Christianity
This is the tale of one dozen advocates of a gospel outside the mainstream of their time – extending from the apostle Matthew to reformation leader Martin Luther and then back to Jesus the Christ. From this assemblage, rediscover their views of a god-man who even today rattles our bones.


Contrasting Accounts of Jesus
Compare the diverse portrayals of Jesus on 24 different topics from the often conflicting perspectives of four gospel writers, the early church leaders James and Paul – plus Thomas and other writers of gospel accounts not contained within the New Testament canon.


Building the Bible
What we know today as the Old and New Testaments did not just happen. Most of us have our own opinions as to what the Bible represents. But do we when or why these books were written, or how this compilation of disparate works was assembled and accepted as the authoritative source for current and future generations?

Kingdom Economy

Hell Re-Considered

Islam & Christianity

Re-Booting Christianity

Where to from Here?
How is our understanding of the historical Jesus to affect how our lives along The Way today -- whether individually or collectively?

Four topics explore the relevance to a 21st century world. We consider the economy of God's kingdom, suggest a reconsideration of how "hell" may be most appropriately viewed, introduce Islam from a Christian perspective, and end with
seven theses integral to re-booting Christianity.

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