Monday, May 23, 2005

Straight Shooter

I recently read about the LCG and their doctrinal code which is kept out of public circulation. Did Jesus have his own canon? A secret set of rules?

I read a "little book" called The Essential Jesus. Can't seem to locate it in my library at the moment, perhaps it was taken to Petra. Could be a sign folks. The authors scoured the New Testament in search for the authentic sayings of Jesus. It condensed these sayings and teachings into a few short pages. It was a refreshing read even if you are not in the literal Jesus camp.

When I hear of Rod Meredith's scrolls of the secret society archived away never to see daylight again, I am not moved. I am not moved by those who claim to be this, that or the other Prophet, bashing and disfellowshipping all opponents including entire nations, nor am I moved by self-aggrandizing Apostles.

Consider the straightforward and simple message contained in the basic statements of Jesus. Love for enemies, caring for the poor and needy, treating others with fairness and equality. It truly was a message of service and basic kindness.

Contrast that message with rules and regulations, hierarchies of "enlightened" enforcers, doctrines kept in secret (LCG), lavish personal lifestyles built on the tithes of others while refusing to help the poor and needy.

These belief systems are almost the opposite when it comes to real action. The doing part of life. One message says over and over again, "Do for Others". Let's call it DO. The second message says, "Do Unto HQ". Let's call that one DUH. Apologies to Homer Simpson. I hope you can see a difference.

Sitting in a local congregation listening to secret codes of religion and then returning home to stay locked away from the world only leads to misery. It doesn't help anyone and it doesn't build character and skills for the World Tomorrow. If you believe that is coming sometime soon--always in the next 5-15 years. If you want to learn to serve everyone, then you have to practice serving everyone. Cutting your pastor's lawn or laying out chairs in a hall is a nice gesture, but how about a stint at the local food bank.

I think Jesus would have dropped in there once in a while.

KTHO

8 Comments:

Blogger cogcritic said...

You just keep getting better dude!
(Or dudette, as the case may be).

1:37 AM  
Anonymous son said...

Could you be a bit more specific about where you, "read about the LCG and their doctrinal code which is kept out of public circulation"?

4:11 AM  
Blogger Asbestos said...

Son, I read about this doctrinal code on www.ambassadorwatch.co.nz and researched it from there. My apologies for not referencing this. Thanks for commenting.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Asbestos said...

Thanks cogcritic. You are correct, I am a dude.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One side note

Mr. Rod Meredith has preached to lower our standard of living and yet when some of my friends visited his home they found this super size PLASMA TV. When some of his top men were asked they simply said:"His wife bought it", now I ask from what bank account did she buy it his or hers?

11:07 AM  
Anonymous william storey said...

I just discovered you site via AW and found it most interesting. It appears you are a fellow Canadian. How about some bio. eg your origination, location, age, etc. so we know who we are talking to.
Wmstorey@hotmail.com

8:58 AM  
Anonymous william storey said...

I just discovered you site via AW and found it most interesting. It appears you are a fellow Canadian. How about some bio. eg your origination, location, age, etc. so we know who we are talking to.
Wmstorey@hotmail.com

8:59 AM  
Anonymous william storey said...

I just discovered you site via AW and found it most interesting. It appears you are a fellow Canadian. How about some bio. eg your origination, location, age, etc. so we know who we are talking to.
Wmstorey@hotmail.com

8:59 AM  

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