Point #12: Discrimination

January 24, 2015
This is the twelfth post in a twelve part series debating the Twelve points of Reform for a New Christianity proposed by John Shelby Spong. This series of posts was written to deepen my understanding of the conflicts inside of Christianity between the Fundamentalists and the more “liberal” practitioners of the Christian community. This project began as research for a novel/screenplay – The Hero Science Project.

Spong – All human beings bear God’s image and must be respected for what each person is. Therefore, no external description of one’s being, whether based on race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, can properly be used as the basis for either rejection or discrimination

Monk – Response to Thesis 12: Discrimination
Spong does not believe in any absolute moral standard; therefore, he supports
clearly unbiblical actions simply because society today accepts them, and he personally does not think them wrong.

“It is no wonder, then, that liberalism is totally different from Christianity, for the
Foundation is different. Christianity is founded upon the Bible. It bases upon the Bible both its thinking and its life. Liberalism on the other hand is founded upon the shifting emotions of sinful men.”Spong‟s reliance on preferences rather than absolutes is logically untenable.

“The only ethic that could, even in principle, stand above such societal limits and establish ‘absolute human rights’ would be an ethic that derived, not from finite situations, but from the realm of the transcendent.”

This transcendent realm is just what Spong rejects, so he has no foundation for
advocating that anything is right or wrong, not even the discrimination he so violently hates. Christian moral absolutes are the only standard that transcends human opinions, and it is only from a standard like this that a person can consistently condemn evil and praise good.

Sly – Fundamentalist Stoners

“It is no wonder, then, that liberalism is totally different from Christianity, for the Foundation is different. Christianity is founded upon the Bible. It bases upon the Bible both its thinking and its life. Liberalism on the other hand is founded upon the shifting emotions of sinful men. Spong’s reliance on preferences rather than absolutes is logically untenable.

It is no wonder that Fundamentalist Christianity is totally different from the liberalism of Jesus, for the Foundation is different. Fundamentalism is founded upon the arrogance of its divine infallibility. A Fundamentalist Christian bases upon their belief that they are the Word of God, and carries this arrogance into both their thinking and their life. The followers of the Liberal Jesus, on the other hand, are grounded to a humility that grows from an awareness of the limits of their humanity. The liberalism of Jesus is a search for fairness, and searching is something that Fundamentalist Christians have lost the capacity and courage to comprehend.

This transcendent realm is just what Spong rejects, so he has no foundation for advocating that anything is right or wrong, not even the discrimination he so violently hates. Christian moral absolutes are the only standard that transcends human opinions, and it is only from a standard like this that a person can consistently condemn evil and praise good.

This arrogant self-worship is just what Spong rejects, so he has no foundation for pretending that he is superior to others because he has swallowed the Words of God, and does not bestow upon himself the divine right to discriminate. Fundamentalist Christians, on the other hand, love to discriminate, because this allows them to exercise their egotistical fantasies of superiority. They believe they are the only ones who know for certain what God thinks, so they consider themselves to be the only ones who have the right to tell us what we can and cannot do.

In conclusion –
Fundamentalism is an illness that can be cured, but only if the Fundamentalist wants to be cured. Unfortunately very few of them ever will, because egotistical arrogance is addictive, and they have long since lost the courage it takes to deal honestly with uncertainty. Given that it is rarely cured, and that it spreads ferociously, the main effort to deal with this illness should be focused on preventing the spread. It is not too late to save the young from contracting this illness, and becoming trapped inside of it for their entire lives.

We must be compassionate when dealing with those who are trapped inside this mental illness, for truly, they know not what they do. Their minds have been suffocated by a need to block out any contradiction to their Truth, and this has driven them deep into an egotistical fantasy of their divine infallibility, and rage at a reality that does not accept their moral supremacy. We need to be aware that the progression of this illness can make those who suffer from it extremely dangerous, as they have no doubts about the righteousness of their actions, and all too frequently, a ravenous hunger to punish those who do not accept their divinity overcomes them, with tragic consequences. As a society, we can not allow our sacred oath in support of religious freedom to include the freedom to harm others in the name of God. This includes the fundamentalist love for discrimination.

This is exactly the freedom that fundamentalism demands.

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