Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

My Photo
Name:
Location: London, Kent, United Kingdom

Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Friday, February 28, 2014

OF COURSE JESUS ISN'T THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

It makes it easier to cope with challenging thoughts if we can write off the source as insane, as they suggested about Jesus. Psychologically so many believers need their beliefs as an emotional prop, the means to survive the day, the facility they have latched on to to handle what is awful about their lives, impulses, deeds or thoughts. However, while faith provides a quick fix solution, it doesn't remedy the underlying ills and sells the person short. Many of the posts in response to my writing are frightened protests at the prospect of having to set out in search of a greater truth. Of course Jesus was a sinner. His sins are even recorded for all to read, but the brainwashed gloss over them, in the same way all radicalised believers do. Of course Jesus isn't the 'Holy of Holies, the Alpha and Omega and the great I am...'etc This is all hyperbole to egg up the illusion that somehow this historical figure is the panacea for all our ills. When, as adults, we allow ourselves to be tricked by others into mythical fantastical thinking we rob ourselves of our own humanity and we dodge the task before us to take responsibility for our lives and choices. The world is left a poorer and more dangerous place as a result with bloodshed, hatreds and unpleasant posts pouring out as from a cracked sewer. The path of love invites each of us to shed all our religious comfort rags and cuddly Jesus figures and mature into righteous, moral workers playing a full part in building a better world for all.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

<< Home