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A Moral Critique of the Book of Exodus

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Last week I noted that the Book of Exodus is problematic. And that it promotes a sense of entitlement which byproducts include: nationalism, colonialism, slavery, unfair trade, exploitation, genocide, and religious wars.

No matter which angle we treat the Text from, we are still faced with these problems. Hence Prior argues that,

[a]ny association of God with the destruction of people must be subjected to an ethical analysis. (p. 2).

This is one of many challenges facing religion today, hence the need for critical studies. Sadly, no critical studies are handled in churches or seminaries. In fact the latter is designed to ‘inseminate’ (hence the term seminary, meaning to plant a seed) students with traditional doctrines.

As a result we have a faith which fails miserable in addressing the challenges facing humanity.

So, how do we reconcile the message of universal love and kindness taught and preached by Jesus as recorded in the New Testament, when we are presented with an angry God that will not let go until he sees the brutal death and blood of his son as a ‘sacrifice’ or ‘atonement’.

Even if we go with the idea that a transition took place from the Old to the New Testament

  • how do we then reconcile the fact that even with the death of Jesus as an ‘atonement’ for sin we are still faced with the possibility of punishment here on earth (by God or/and the Devil) for non-compliance, and eternal judgement in hell fire after death?

These doctrines are grossly contradictory. It will seem that if humanity relied on Christianity it is destined to doom.

To this end there are issues with the idea of the Bible being ‘infallible’, because the writings and doctrines it presents are largely disjointed, as such, they offer contradictory angles on major moral and social issues, which breeds fundamentalism.

These Texts were written by people trying to make sense of their world through the lenses of their religious framework. Some of their ideas are useful, others pose major problems, especially on human rights and morality.

Hence new coverts to Christianity were called to faith almost as a crash course amidst persecution, owing to the complexity of trying to teach Judaism as foundations, before moving to the revisions of doctrines carried out by Jesus.

In similar vein the notion that Christianity is cast in stone is dangerous, it leaves no room for advancement – which is clearly what Jesus was doing with similar doctrines in Judaism.

Hence the call today for revision of Christian doctrines, hence the call for theological education through the instrument of tertiary institutions, not seminaries, especially for those called to lead churches and parachurch organisations.

Join us at 3pm today for the series: From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

St John the Evangelist Hall, Church Rd, Sidcup DA14 6BX

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From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

Exodus chapters 10 – 12

It sometimes feels like we make giant strides to progress, then slip back every now and again.

As well as the Olympics, one of these progressive milestones was the invention of the FIFA WORLD CUP.

A festival designed to bring the world together, regardless of race, religion, or any ideology which divides humanity.

As we celebrate England’s victory over Panama, and Nigeria’s performance against Iceland, take a break and join us as we draw inspiration from Exodus.

3pm today, From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

St John the Evangelist Hall, Church Rd, Sidcup DA14 6BX

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Exodus: from order to chaos

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

The redactors of the Old Testament, take us on a journey from the book of Genesis, where Yahweh brings order into a chaotic world (in their telling of the creation myth), into Exodus where Yahweh introduces chaos into the order, in his quest to deliver them, owing to his covenant with Abraham.

But perhaps the most profound lesson one can deduce from the book of Exodus is centred around the concept of self-offering (Kenosis). This theory is also embedded into the story of other key figures, for example, Abraham, David, Esther, Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah and Jesus.

In the case of Moses, we are introduced to a man who grew up in nobility, but chose to immerse or self-offer himself in the struggle to redeem his people from pain, shame, and suffering. This story will go to inspire many for centuries, including Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.

The New Testament writers will use it as a template in their theology of Jesus. We are told that like Moses, Jesus descended from heaven and took the form of humanity in a bid to immerse himself into our pain and suffering, and like Moses, redeems humanity.

However, to demonstrate how far removed the Church (especially in the developing World) is from this principle; we preach ownership of private jets, instead of holding governments to account for the state of our roads and transportation system.

Instead of holding governments to account for the stock of social housing, we preach private home ownership. To a very large extent this in fact led to the recent recession and the subprime lending disaster. Where people (many of whom were Christians) lost their properties as they could not keep up with exorbitant interest rates and mortgage repayments, owing to their credit rating. As pastors preached, people testified about home ownership, in some circles it even got competitive. Some of these pastors profited from this industrial scale fraud.

That aside, instead of inspiring people to pursue careers, vocations, education, or entrepreneurship; they overwhelm them with church activities and programmes, even to the detriment of the few that are in business, employment, education, or training.

Instead of facilitating social action projects like building schools, hospitals, roads, creating employment, and setting funds aside for those that need help with business startups, or those that run into financial difficulties, we build more churches, enlarge existing facilities, broadcast to the World on costly media outlets, and accumulate wealth to ourselves.

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