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Do Americans Worship A Disposable Jesus?

Do Americans Worship A Disposable Jesus?

When news broke of Osama bin Laden’s death, we had quite a dialogue going on Owning Pink after I wrote my thoughts in†this post (and then this post to follow,†about speaking my truth). It got me questioning†if the celebration of death and violence is ever good, and wondering what my fave deity Jesus would do.

Turns out that a new survey reveals that Americans — particularly fundamental Christians — are a wee bit hypocritical when it comes to certain Biblical teachings, particularly with fuzzy parts that donít favor revenge or torturing your enemies, like the Golden Rule. According†to this survey, 82% of Americans believe bin Laden distorted the teachings of Islam to suit his own purposes, 65% believe the al Qaeda leader is rotting in hell, and 62% think it is wrong to celebrate the death of another human being.

Convenient Christian?

Many of these people categorized themselves as Christians, which should shock me because 53% of those surveyed say the United States should follow the Golden Rule and not use any methods on our enemies that we would not want used on our soldiers. (Strangely enough, only 47% of white evangelicals thought we should follow the Golden Rule.)

Many of these same people believe we should interpret the Bible literally and that we should follow the teachings of Jesus to a T. So what part of, ďSo in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the ProphetsĒ (Matthew 7:12) do they disagree with? Like thatís cool when youíre talking about your next door neighbor, but not when youíre talking about a terrorist? Do they think Jesus forgot to say, ďDo unto others — except when water boarding your enemies?Ē

Now I was raised staunchly Christian. And Jesus ROCKS, in my opinion. Of all the deities out there,†Jesus is my favorite. But I left the church because of hypocrisies like this, and I now practice a†grab-bag sort of spirituality and pray to Jesus, God, The Universe, Quan Yin, Buddha, and the Goddesses. So take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Opening to your authentic spiritual beliefs

But it seems to me that way too many Americans worship a disposable Jesus, one we can roll out when He suits us and put in the closet when he doesnít. Now Iím fine with grab-bag religion, so Iím not saying thereís anything wrong with that. But then donít call yourself a Christian. Admit that youíre bi-curious or tri-religious or whatever is authentic to your spiritual self.

Personally, Iím a big fan of the Golden Rule, and I donít make an exception for terrorists. And as I†wrote in this post, Iím one of those people who doesnít believe we should celebrate the death of another person, even bin Laden. Does that make me a Christian? Nah. Since I donít believe everyone who doesnít worship Jesus is going to hell, I canít technically claim the title without being a total hypocrite. So I stick to my authentic spiritual beliefs and feel no need to put myself into a box that doesnít quite fit.

What about you? Do you find yourself being a convenient Christian? Do you believe what you believe and toss out what doesnít resonate with you? Do you worship a disposable Jesus?

And if so, can you OWN that? Can you admit that to your friends and family? Can you admit it to Jesus? Can you be unapologetically YOU when it comes to your faith? Or do you judge yourself, beat yourself up, and fail to treat yourself the way Jesus would treat you? Can you be authentic — even just with yourself — about your religious/spiritual beliefs?

This is juicy stuff. Iíd LOVE to know what you think.

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Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of†OwningPink.com,†Pink Medicine Woman coach, motivational speaker, and author of†Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about†Lissa Rankin here.

 

 

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Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at†LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities -†HealHealthCareNow.com and†OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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9:24AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Love reading the posts.

3:22PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

"Christians" are NOT chilren of God. Sorry. If you read you Bible it tells us right there so don't expect Christ like actions from them they don't know God...if they did they would not refere to themseves as Christians.

6:02AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

@ Zee - "JESUS IS GREEK" ??????????????
I LOVE Everyone Zee, even though I don't Like what a lot of people have chosen to do with this Gift of Life....But in My Bible JESUS CHRIST is a JEW...& HE IS Named throughout the Bible as...JESUS,JESUS CHRIST,CHRIST,THE SON,KING OF KINGS,LORD OF LORDS,TEACHER...etc. But HE IS called by different Names, only saying the most used in my Bible is JESUS.>>>> It doesn't matter though WHAT you call HIM, just so you Call HIM! But, I Thank You for your thoughtful comment.
GOD BLESS YOU ZEE

10:07PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

I worship a Yeshua (never called Jesus a day in his life!) who has proven himself to me over and over again.

Jesus is Greek.

He gave me healings that I have proof of in doctor's and dentist's offices.

He got me out of debt in less than a year.

He teaches me. All I have to do is tune in to HIM, ask a question and LISTEN. His advice is always right on.

Many Christians translate Amen as "Bye, I'm outta here!"

Saw an article earlier about listening to the inner voice!

My LORD, has proven he loves me more than I love myself. He wants better things for me than I want for myself.

And he's been talking to anyone who will listen all the way from Genesis to Revelations.

My Jesus is not disposable. He took me from physical, emotional, mental and spiritual death into life. Then he taught me how to live.

That is not disposable.

I am IN LOVE with a real being who loved me first.

8:40AM PDT on May 31, 2011

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor & hate your enemy.'But I tell you this Love your enemies & pray for those who persecute you.In this way you show that you are children of your Father in heaven. He makes his sun rise on people whether they are good or evil. He lets rain fall on them whether they are just or unjust.If you love those who love you, do you deserve a reward? Even the tax collectors do that!Are you doing anything remarkable if you welcome only your friends? Everyone does that!That is why you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Don't do good works to be praised by people
i do not beleive in physical hell, it is place of spirtual turmoil, very few people go to hell, the church used the concept in manipulative manners (there has been research on both these issues) depth of one's spirtual conduct & love is a spectrum those who in the middle gray areas awarded 2nd chances in purgatory which likely not a physical place but soul lives after death & continue their spirtual journeys after death i really think that God is not so stupid as to not realise the complexity of our souls as too choose from 2 totally extreme opposites (hell and heaven).
would it not be highly hypocritical too kill and tortue the some religious extremists who use their religion for evil when some extreme 'christians' use their religious views for evil also.
when we celebrate osama dying that is encouragimg the idea of matrydom which i do thin

8:31AM PDT on May 31, 2011

43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you this: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. 45In this way you show that you are children of your Father in heaven. He makes his sun rise on people whether they are good or evil. He lets rain fall on them whether they are just or unjust. 46If you love those who love you, do you deserve a reward? Even the tax collectors do that! 47Are you doing anything remarkable if you welcome only your friends? Everyone does that! 48That is why you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Don't do good works to be praised by people
i do not beleive in physical hell....it is a place of spirtual turmoil.....very few people go to hell....the church used the concept in manipulative manners (there has been research on both these issues) the depth of one spirtual conduct and love is a spectrum so those who are in the middle gray areas are awarded second chances, in purgatory, which is probably not a physical place, but the soul lives on after death and they continue their spirtual journeys after death...i really think that God is not so stupid as to not realise the complexity of our souls as too choose from 2 totally extreme opposites (hell and heaven).
would it not be highly hypocritical too kill and tortue the some religious extremists who use their religion for evil when some extreme 'christians' use their religious views for evil also.

8:30AM PDT on May 31, 2011

i love jesus....he prayed for the sinners at golgotha (where he was crucified) and he said of ceaser and pontius pilate and other people by whom jesus was betrayed ' forgive them they know not what they do' and the new testment fulfills the old testament (jesus was there too challenge the peoples' faith and help it grow, they had outgrown the old testament).

i think those who use petty irrelevant dogmatics to avoid the truth of acting with love is not good


anyone who says they are christian and yet do not follow the golden rule are not christian because jesus says that this the 2nd equally important commandment, the verse about stoning people for murdering someone is in the old testamnet (jesus fulfilled this and says
38"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39But I tell you not to oppose an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him as well. 40If someone wants to sue you in order to take your shirt, let him have your coat too. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him. 42Give to everyone who asks you for something. Don't turn anyone away who wants to borrow something from you.


2:35PM PDT on May 29, 2011

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. 

~Gandhi

11:00AM PDT on May 29, 2011

of course that is what it is. just read the "900" comments at the vegan cat topic and see what Jesus wants.
he wants us to feed cats vegan food, and tell people they are sadists for feeding animals meat.

4:49PM PDT on May 28, 2011

@ Patti Tray, I know many "Christians," but very few Christians.
Those who hide behind Jesus and cast, him aside when his teachings interfere with their ideology, are not true Christians, they are those who worship the "disposable Jesus."
I know many non-Christians who are more Christian that many Christians.

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