"Any god who can be killed ought to be killed."- Clifford Stanley, Episcopal Priest and Professor of Theology
Two thousand years ago, there was lively debate about whom the very first WIDE AWAKE man was and until the Church got in bed with Emperor Constantine, the churches were hot beds of individuality and not the institutions that have become big business today.
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belief in the existence of a god or gods; specificallya belief in the existence of one God viewed as
creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is
in the world. -Merriam Webster
god who can be killed ought to be killed."- Clifford Stanley, Episcopal Priest and
Professor of Theology
I "got the message this
morning, the one that was sent to me" [Bob Dylan] and although the topic
of the conversation with the Editor of Salem-News.com was not on this
what Tim King wrote read like the voice of God speaking to me:
of what is taking place is a simple realization of the power of creation
What I had been cogitating
upon for weeks and what kept me wide-awake last night, were the messages
while reading Bishop John Shelly Spong.
Way ahead of the masses he
wrote in 1998,
Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A
Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile.
It took him twenty years to
write that book about his desire to worship the Mystery we call God as a
of the modern world who thinks!
God gave us all a brain that
we should use it!
As there is so much heavy
baggage attached to the name God, I propose a new name: Pure Being.
And I imagine that Paul
Tillich would appreciate it.
Tillich was a refugee from
Nazi Germany, a Christian existentialist and American theologian.
philosophized that the existential questions of human existence centered
ontology: the study of the nature of being, existence and reality in
Before Tillich died in 1965,
he proposed a 100-year moratorium on the use of the word God, because it
become so corrupted.
The concept of Being,
"appears in the present system in three places: in the doctrine of God,
where God is called the being as being or the ground and the power of
the doctrine of man, where the distinction is carried through between
essential and his existential being; and finally, in the doctrine of the
Christ, where he is called the manifestation of the New Being, the
of which is the work of the divine Spirit." Tillich, Systematic Theology
Vol. 2, p.10
For this Christian
Anarchist-Buddhist with a dose of dervish, Jesus for me is my Brother
Prince of Peace.
His last words to the
community before his crucifixion-the Roman occupying forces standard
capital punishment-was "To put down the sword."
Among the last words the
Prince of Peace uttered on the cross were: "Father, forgive them; they
know not what they are doing."
And not much has changed in
The Prince of Peace also said
that he came so that we would have life to the full; abundant life [John
and that takes deep thought and then taking action.
Two thousand years ago, there
was lively debate about whom the Christ-the very first WIDE AWAKE man.
Until the Church got in bed
with Emperor Constantine, all the churches were hot beds of
not the institutions that have become big business today.
In 1994, Spong wrote, Resurrection: Myth or Reality? which faced the fact that viewing the
The Prince of Peace as PHYSICAL was a late developing tradition in early
Christianity, which was called The Way until the days of Paul, in the
Paul as well as the gospel
writers of Mark and Matthew made NO such claim that the burst of life,
and energy that accompanied the birth of Christianity was dependent on
orthodox theology or any dogma.
In 1996, Spong wrote, Liberating the Gospels, he contended that the writers of the synoptic
gospels-Luke, Matthew and Mark- were NOT eye witnesses to the life and
The Prince of Peace and these gospels/good news were not even based on
Instead, they were liturgical
works organized around the Jewish liturgical year and were NOT to be
literally, but probed within the Jewish context.
The Prince of Peace/Jesus was
never a Christian; but a social justice, radical revolutionary
Palestinian devout Jewish road warrior who rose up and challenged the
of the Temple authorities by teaching the people they did NOT need to
priests for ritual baths or sacrificing livestock to be OK with God; for
already LOVED them just as they were: poor, diseased, outcasts, widows,
orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under Roman Military
What got The Prince of Peace crucified was disturbing the status quo of
Roman Occupying Forces by teaching the subversive concept that God/Pure
the humble, the poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and
prisoners all living under a brutal Roman Occupation above the powerful,
Spong wrote: "There is
no hope for the revival of worship as long as an idol lives undisturbed
place preserved for a living God."
And "My aim is to
agitate & disturb people. I'm not selling bread, I'm selling
No religion owns Pure Being
and no church owns The Prince of Peace. Any god, church or religion that
threatened by new truth is already dead, so on with Evolution!
The Prince of Peace spoke
about "being born again" and he never meant that to be a solitary
experience, but a lifetime endeavor of waking up and seeing Pure Being
oneself, all others and in every situation.
Living in the past has got no
soul and the future of Christianity will not be found in antiquity, but
ability to re-IMAGINE those ancient stories, symbols and concepts with
Christianity came into
existence in a world radically different than ours. The ancients
Universe consisted of three tiers; the earth at the center was flat, and
judging, all knowing deity was up in the sky and hell was the place
The ancients ascribed to a
tribal, male supernatural being who validated warfare as a noble and
enterprise and his foreign policy was pro-Jewish.
The Christian god
"evolved' from tribal roots and the power of the Church to control
knowledge and public opinion in an invasive deity dominated civilization
1,600 years until a new concept dawned.
Copernicus and his disciple
Galileo concluded that the sun did not rotate around the earth but that
earth rotated around the sun. This revolutionary evolution in
began the shift from a god who was not so involved in the daily affairs
Galileo was condemned a
heretic and not until December 28, 1991, did the Vatican officially
was right and the Church and Bible had been wrong about the universe and
humankind's place in it.
The god on his throne out
there had died.
When Freud exposed the
childish neurotic elements in religion he was vilified and demonized by
Carl Jung offered a bridge of
reconciliation when he recognized the historic process necessary in the
development of Consciousness; which is the quality or state of being
something within oneself.
Albert Einstein introduced
relativity as present in all things including "eternal and unchanging
awareness of the emptiness in the heavens above and that hit at the
"In the West there is
loneliness, which I call the leprosy of the West. In many ways it is
our poor in Calcutta."-Mother Teresa, Commonweal, Dec 19, 1997.
The theistic concepts of a
supernatural big daddy in the sky, an errand boy just waiting to fill
desires, and a deity that will punish us and thus motivates behavior is a
that must at least be fired, if not killed.
Among the forward thinking
founding father's of America was Thomas Jefferson, who weeded out the
stories from the gospels and clarified the teachings and ethics of
THE LIFE AND MORALS of JESUS
1. Be just: justice comes from virtue, which comes from the heart.
2. Treat people the way we want to be treated.
3. Always work for PEACEFUL resolutions, even to the point of returning
violence with COMPASSION.
4. Consider valuable the things that have no material value.
5. Do not judge others.
6. Do not bear grudges.
7. Be modest and unpretentious.
8. Give out of true generosity, not because we expect to be repaid.
9. Being true to one's self in more important than being loyal to one's
family...those who think they know the most are the most ignorant...
The most ignored of our
founding fathers was Thomas Paine, who wrote:
long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial
is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that
system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a
cannot be true.
in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that
him to be bad.
it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed
we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.
obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776]
in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the
government would be followed by a revolution in the system of
world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my
is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know
Mother Teresa said she was
just "a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who was sending a
letter to the world."
In this ongoing series I hope
to be a little pencil too, for "HOPE has two children. The first is
at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about
Mother Teresa also knew that,
"In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between
you and them anyway."
But, "Christ, you know
it ain't easy. You know how hard it can be. The way things are going.
gonna crucify me."-John Lennon
Amen and amen means so be it!
Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012
Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org
Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory" and "BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010"