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Friday, May 9, 2014

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Your Door

(I discovered this at thesuperstitiousnakedape click if you want to unearth more great readings and ideas.)

Undoubtedly there will be those that say that it is really mankind's fault for the punishment by not opening that door, but really who is it that is dealing out the punishment in the end?



10 comments:

Grant said...

Terrible! Did you send that to your mother and father?

CalledToQuestion said...

@ Grant
No, I did not. Though my blog is public soooo.....

Grant said...

You know Phil that according to the verse on which this picture is based the door is NOT the "heart of the unsaved" but it is the corporate "church" and the word is not punish but discipline, and it is not about salvation but about fellowship. But other than that it is "right on"!

And you do have to differentiate between "punishment" as one metes it to those who have done wrong, and consequences to those who have made a choice. (saying that they prefer the consequences to the price they would have to pay to avoid the consequences.)

I could tell you the consequences of going to the Red Lobster and paying $45.00 would be a special dish, and you could say "No thanks, that is too rich for my blood, I am going to Mac's for a cardboard burger". So were you being punished or just putting up with the consequences and the price you were willing to pay? (or not pay?)

Hey, I like that. I'll have to use it again sometime.

Carleton Pope said...

This is something that has always turned me off Christianity, and most brands of monotheism.

They tend to do a great job of excluding anyone who doesn't fit into their box.

I understand the principle though, and would do the same if I were building a similar group.

In order to convince/recruit members to any theological organization, it's important to not only provide incentives for membership, but to allow provide disincentives for anyone who refuses membership.

CalledToQuestion said...

@ Grant
You should tell more Christians about that "the corporate 'church'" stuff! :)

You do come up with some very clever stuff!

CalledToQuestion said...

@ Carleton Pope

You are very right, almost every institution does this. From major corporations to the small family unit. Although some are much nicer than others ;)

dzejniex said...

I think of two separate things when I see this. First is what I think is a flippant portrayal of Jesus and his message, undoubtedly filtered through years of musty institutions. Second is the question of punishment, or even more specifically...the qualification of what deserves "punishment" or not.

Too often I think we...Christians, church-goers, evangelicals, your favorite label...assume that we have a lock on who makes it or not. A quick survey on a few of our favorite hot button issues assures us of one's religious status. I would suggest that our spiritual journey is far more intricate, mysterious, and meaningful than to be measured by a response to questions like "how is your walk with the Lord?"

Jesus took a fresh approach to each individual. The only people Jesus really "threatened," were the religious leaders who seemed to have it all figured out, and prescribed their solutions to the masses.

CalledToQuestion said...

@ dzejniex

Flippant, yes. Great question, "the question of punishment, or even more specifically...the qualification of what deserves "punishment" or not."

You are right in saying that,"our spiritual journey is far more intricate, mysterious, and meaningful than to be measured by a response to questions like "how is your walk with the Lord?" " It is so much more!

"Jesus took a fresh approach to each individual. The only people Jesus really "threatened," were the religious leaders who seemed to have it all figured out, and prescribed their solutions to the masses."
Amen!

Good thoughts.

Nathan said...

Nice. You are a heretic and a universalist, and I love you bro.

CalledToQuestion said...

@ Nathan

Takes one to know one, right? :) Love you to buddy!