Not all Christians are literalistic fundamentalists or even orthodox in their theologies. There do exist “liberal” Christians who focus on a loving, generous message of Jesus rather than the more traditional views of God’s fitful nature. Many liberal Christians consider parts of the Bible mythology, metaphor, and primitive, bronze-age expression of the unknown. With those points, skeptics may agree and also appreciate the holistic approach to the scriptures.
This view is much more friendly and acceptable than the hellfire and brimstone extremist views held by a few overly-vocal groups. However, I still have problems understanding how someone can be a liberal Christian without cherry-picking, contradiction, and unsure/unsteady beliefs.
My first question is: Do liberal Christians trust Jesus?
If Jesus was God in the flesh, as many liberal Christians still believe, then he would know which stories in the bible were true, fabrications, fact, myth, or scientifically inaccurate. If Jesus was God, one would also suppose Jesus would be totally honest and not spread untrue information as if it was real.
Yet in a few passages, we see Jesus shows no more wisdom about science, history, or mythology than his followers. Either he did not know, or he did not tell the whole truth. If he did not tell the whole truth, why should we trust what he says? If he did not know better, why should we think he was a sinless god?
- In Luke 17 and Matt 24, Jesus teaches the myths about Noah and Lot as if they were real people whose stories were all true.
- Matthew 12:40–Jesus believed Jonah was inside a whale for 3 days as the myth teaches.
- In Mark 10:6, Jesus teaches about divorce saying that “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female”. Jesus either did not believe in evolution, or he lied.
- In many verses, Jesus heals the viably sick and disabled (blind, epileptics, paralyzed) not through medicine, but through exorcism. Do we “cure” the physically and mentally ill through exorcism today?
- Mark 4:31- The mustard seed is not the smallest seed.
- Jesus teaches you can move mountains and wither fig trees (Matthew 21:21-22), and raise the dead (Matthew 10:8)– all scientifically unproven or impossible.
So, dear liberal Christian, do you trust Jesus? Do you ever find yourself realizing that you know more about the world than he did? Do you ever wonder why he kept important information or fact correcting out of his teachings? Why wasn’t he clear? If some of the bible is myth, metaphorical, or untrue, why would God himself perpetuate the belief that it was true?
Feel free to explain how this works to me.
New! Check out this fun-loving cartoon about the things Jesus could have done but chose not to. Lots of fun and challenges for the more fundamental believer.