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.

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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

Saturday, March 01, 2014

THE LEGO MOVIE IS A NEW GOSPEL

A great film for a modern world.

It begins with the stereotypical old myth trail of a super hero special messiah type figure to come who will save everyone.

It portrays a world where the evil one has manipulated everyone into servile obedience to rules that have removed personal initiative and individual identity.

There is even talk of the mystery great man beyond that holds the ultimate power.

Then the little incognito man stumbles across the holy relic and is hailed as the long awaited saviour. However, he has no such powers and even the likes of Batman and Superman can't come to his and all the other people's aid to overcome the power of the evil.

Even greater catastrophic revelations are to come for the 'ancient one' reveals that he made the story of the  myth trail up and there is no super hero to come. They are on their own.

However, the abiding truth to be conveyed is that everyone is special, everyone is unique. It is a great mistake to look  for another and to another for the ultimate solution and it merely divests people of their own birthright to contribute their initiative to help save the world.

Further still we go to find that the mystery great man that holds the ultimate power is none other than a misguided Dad who needs his son to challenge him and put him right on a few things.

The morale of the film is strong. Let's debunk religion, messiah figures, saviour figures, even God figures and come of age. The idea of a mighty one that sets us rules to be obeyed is outdated and corrosive of humanity's potential.

We need to realise that each of us is unique, all part of a world team, all with our part to play, all with ideas to hatch, initiatives to pursue and hopes to realise.

Together we can build a better world.

It's a new Gospel.

It's a book for the new modern day Bible.

It's the path of liberation from oppressive religious dictates and Satan masquerading as a God with a long beard on a white cloud making puppets of us all and rendering the glorious creation we are, into a robotic and programmed entity devoid of the spark of mischievous, unpredictable life that drives us ever on to cross new frontiers and discover unimagined possibilities.

The ultimate evil that the bad guy has up his sleeve is glue.

With a spray here and there, he can render the myriad evolutions of creation into a static unchanging lifeless morgue.

Like those who want their God to be the same, yesterday, today and forever. Who want their truth in a book that they can hold, control and possess. That want their world view dictated by another, their destiny set out, their prayers answered, a saviour at the ready and fleets of angels in attendance. That want a mortuary.

No, the film declares.

No to that Satanic God and No to that Satanic Holy Book and No to that Satanic mindset.

As Jesus said, " I have come to bring you life, life in all its abundance."

The Lego Movie picks up where Jesus and so many since have left off. Before it's too late. Jettison the old myth trail. It was all made up long ago to entrap. Leave behind your puppet deities and comic superhero saviours. Discard your sky daddys, superstitious rituals and pointless prayers.

We have a precious, extraordinary world and the amazing chance to imprint it with our being. Life awaits. the door is open. We are all invited guests. It's up to each of us....

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