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Moral Critique of Exodus

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

The book of Exodus is largely problematic no matter what direction you read it from.

If you read it from the eyes of the Canaanites and the other inhabitants of The Land, you will probably begin to feel the pain and suffering of the enslaved and colonised around the world.

And if you read it from the perspective of the Israelites, there is the admixture of redemption from slavery, perpetrators of genocide, and oppressors of the inhabitants of The Land. Hence the reason why I don’t buy the idea of Christianity being peace loving, whilst Islam is violent. Both faiths are equally violent.

That aside, the writers present us with a people under oppression, who were released by Yahweh, as part of their covenant, and mandated to go and possess a land that was already inhabited. The inhabitants of these land were brutally murdered, displaced and enslaved; and their land taken away from them.

Those familiar with history will recall that something similar happened in America, Africa and Asia. These campaigns were carried out with the full support of the Church, and it found legitimacy in scriptures – especially the Old Testament.

During colonialism the inhabitants were seen as pagans, accursed by God because they did not know Christ. As such they were denied any form of human dignity and basic human rights. Even when they converted to Christianity, they were still seen as lesser beings. In recent times, we saw this ideology sustaining apartheid in South Africa.

This is an example of some of the challenges facing Christianity in modern times.

So, how do we reconcile these Texts with the message of love and kindness taught and preached by Jesus as recorded in the New Testament?

Even if we go with the idea that a transition took place from the Old to the New Testament, how do we then reconcile Jesus’ preaching on forgiveness with the idea of a God who would not forgive humanity, except through the death and blood of his incarnate son?

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

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

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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

There is no dispute that Jesus was a figure in history. In fact, apart from the New Testament accounts, we also have sources from non-Christians like Pliny and Josephus.

Within Christianity some have challenged his divinity. But even if we do not agree on the Trinity, the traditional formula for Salvation (The Fall, Incarnation, Atonement and Redemption); and we fail to agree on the virgin birth, miracles, death, and resurrection; I believe that the teachings of Jesus still attests to his uniqueness.

Interestingly, while people might have issues with the church or Christianity as a religion, most people still have varying degrees of reverence for Jesus. They see him as a social reformer, political activist, kind man, community organiser, humanist, philosopher, thinker, or teacher. His life has inspired many to greater works.

For me Jesus is all of these and even more. His non-violent position against the oppression from the Roman authorities and Jewish rulers of his era, his position as the spokesperson for sinners, his outreach to the ostracised and those at the fringes of society, his vision for equality and World Unity, and his selfless nature; are things to be greatly admired.

I say this to illustrate that we do not need the formula for salvation, understanding of the Trinity and even the resurrection to believe in his saving power. His ideas and philosophy are divine enough to bring about lasting peace, harmony and prosperity for humanity.

Dear friends, even that is sufficient reason for me to believe in him, and attest him as The Son of God.

Join us as we continue with: God was in Christ. Today, we focus on Jesus' ministry.

3pm – 4:30pm
The Parish Hall
St John's Sidcup,
Church Road,
Sidcup,
Kent DA14 6BX

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Community Bible Experience: New Testament, the Book of Mark

We started The Book of Mark last week, one of the accounts of the life of Jesus. We discussed who he was; who his audience was; possible reasons behind his writing; and other questions using our weekly agenda.

This week we progress on to pages 330-341, so join us if you can, or meet with friends and family.

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Community Bible Experience operates like a Reading Club…

Participants agree a weekly reading plan, then every Friday we meet in a relaxed fashion for an hour to discuss the following simple questions:

  • What’s something you noticed for the first time?
  • What questions did you have?
  • Was there anything that bothered you?
  • What did you learn about loving God?
  • What did you learn about loving others?

Afterwards, we enjoy light refreshments while we catchup, pray, challenge, and encourage each other.

We recommend a copy of The Books of The Bible by Biblica because of it’s contemporary design and translation, and we set ourselves a weekly target to read eleven pages.

  • (7:00 – 8:00)pm on Fridays
  • 52 Arcadian Avenue, Bexley, Kent DA5 1JW

If you need help with setting one up in your home, community space, church or perhaps offices; please get in touch!