Healing Our Superstitions About God

Mar 13, 2018 by Open Table Conference in  Blog Posts

When God shows up in the story of the killing snakes in the wilderness, he shows up as the healer of his people. Anyone who will look on the uplifted fiery bronze serpent lives.

Our superstitions, our misapprehensions, about a God who brings death and destruction, a God who cannot be trusted, led the people, lead us, to hide from the face of God in their complaints and misery.

All of today’s lectionary readings have a common message: all the ways that we walk away from love are the origin of the evil and the death that befalls the cosmos, and the good Creator is the healer who restores his beloved world.

In our superstition and worship of idols we always want to pin darkness on the Light of the world. These superstitions have their basis in our fall from God,
In our self-imposed about the charitable character of the Creator.

It was not the bronze serpent who rescued the people from the death they imposed on themselves but God and so when Hezekiah finds them worshipping it and other pagan idols in the Temple some seven to eight centuries later he destroys it.

When Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night, Jesus mentions the episode with the snake and says that the Human One must be lifted up so that all who believe on him (look on him) will be saved.

Jesus tells Nicodemus that God so loved the world that he sent the Son, his only perfect mirror, so that all who believed in him might share the divine life without end.

There’s that word again: believe. We often think of this in terms of our dialogues with our brother skeptics and atheist friends about the very existence of God. Jesus has something far deeper in mind: trust; trust in the God who comes not to condemn the cosmos but to rescue it from death…read the rest of the article at Clarion Journal.

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Kenneth Tanner

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Upside Down Commitment

May 29, 2017

Ever hear the phrase, “You need to commit your life to Christ”?

I have… used to hear it and say it all the time. It was the prescription for spiritual health.

Struggling with anxiety? You need to commit your life to Christ. Emotionally gutted because of betrayal or treachery? You need to commit your life to Christ. Not sure where you will go when you die? You need to commit your life to Christ.

So often did I hear this idea it seemed it was a mantra of some kind. I think I get what those who used (and maybe still do) the expression were trying to convey – We need to trust in Jesus.

True enough.

John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences
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Another Paradigm Shift

Feb 14, 2017

Is God into Religion?

It is not uncommon that once an ‘aha’ moment occurs, what you now perceive seems blatantly obvious. How could I not see what was right in front of my eyes. It reminds me

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Eternal Life – Part 3: Is it Found in a “Who” or a “What”?

Jan 27, 2017

“This is eternal life: that they might know you and your Son whom you have sent.” John 17:3

In my previous post I suggested that eternal life was found in a relationship, not a transaction. Yet, there was a time, had you suggested this to me, I would have feared the good news of eternal life was being poisoned

John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences

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