Comments: Parish bullies

I have seen bullying go both ways. One poor priest would have a sermon that could be construed as affirming principles dear to me but dismissed as unimportant by "established" parishioners. The poor priest would then be given biblical insights and in a later speech shortly thereafter justify why certain parts of the bible and its missives were no longer relevant.

For some, the complete fulfillment of Jesus as God in its entirety means we no longer have to study the Old Testament, or only in the context of affirming Jesus as Jesus was manifested.

For example, since Jesus manifested as a male, there was no need to affirm feminine divine principles or missives, and in fact that would be construed as an act of rebellion as "we" all know that the only reason humanity is on this planet was because of unforgiven and unforgivable Eve's "mistake". Similarly, no need to look for messages of healing and nurturing of this planet's occupants based on unconditional love, because the only "returned" Jesus they will accept is a masculine world slayer.

Posted by Cheryl Va. at Tuesday, 15 April 2008 at 8:19pm BST
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