We are free to think

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I have decided that I am a somewhat unorthodox Christian. I have difficulty following the rules. I am enamored of those who stepped outside of the norm: Matthew Fox, Martin Luther, Meister Eckhart, Francis of Assisi. Hildegard of Bingen, Jesus and many others. I also love the stories/parables of Anthony DeMello and the plain speaking of Marcus Borg. I grow reading them.

I grew up in an eclectic family. My grandparents were Methodist, my parents Presbyterian and my Aunt and Uncle Lutheran. I guess I decided early on that no denomination had all the answers. I still feel that way. Jesus did not follow rules but loved people. He broke the Sabbath rules and many others.

As the “church” grew throughout history it took the message of Jesus and added rules/doctrines to try and be sure that we all follow the norm…. that we are all in sync. This is not wrong in and of itself as we do struggle with the meaning of the writings in the Bible and the words of Jesus. We must listen to the teachings of others and weigh them against our own experience. We also need the community of other Christians. We learn and are supported by the stories of others. I hope that I find a middle ground in all of this.

freedom with God

This doesn’t mean that we can’t find our own way.  It’s freedom within form. I don’t ask others to follow my path. Each of us must find our own way and I pray that God leads me in mine. May he also be with you in yours.

5 thoughts on “We are free to think”

  1. Thanks for the kind words.

    As I view it, what you are doing is equally impressive.

    I recommend that my followers follow you as well.

    I believe that there is a calling for authors, bloggers, and artists to provide a more sincere channel of communication through writing.

    Keep it going. I know how challenging it is to write every day, but we do it with good intent and passion. That makes it joyous.

    I am always touched when my sweet messages like this reach someone. Sincere thanks. What a good positive writing that can motivate one this morning.

    Happy Sunday
    Enjoy

    Warm regards, Patrick

    #PATRICKSTORIES
    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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      1. Thank you! I appreciate your thoughtful response.

        Such an awesome way of replying someone.
        Thanks. Again.

        You can also check on my blog for the recent post and say your own views and contribution on it.
        I did a good post about : SPOKEN WORDS CAN’T BE RETRIEVED

        Love to see your contributions on it.

        HAPPY SUNDAY

        You are welcome dear friend

        #PATRICKSTORIES
        Peace ✌and Love ❤

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