The Christian Agnostic (PDF)


The Christian Agnostic

Leslie D. Weatherhead ↠ 2 Characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Leslie D. Weatherhead The Christian Agnostic Characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Hings and still be a Christian still accept the living Jesus in my life In fact reading this book helped make it possible This was one of the most important books in my li. This one is fascinating Absolutely fascinating Where has it been all my life

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Leslie D. Weatherhead ↠ 2 Characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Leslie D. Weatherhead The Christian Agnostic Characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Her philosophies and beliefs that I was exposed to even drawn to Weatherhead cleared out the cobwebs let me know that I could wonder about some things even believe other t. A GREAT BOOK BY A GREAT CHRISTIAN MINISTER HUMANE BEUTIFULLY WRITTEN A WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME IN SO MANY WAYS WHEN HE WAS A OLD MAN I HEARD HIM PREACH HE WAS MAGNETIC CHRISMATIC A MAN OF HIGH INTELLENENCE AND GREAT CHARM TODAY THEY NO LONGER EXIST IN OUR MATERIALISTIC WORLD AND REAL INTELLEGENT PREACHING NO LONGER REALLY EXISTS READ THE CHRISTIAN AGNOSTIC IT IS CAPTIVATING AND CHALLENGING NOT FOR THE FUNDAMENTALIST I FEAR AND THAT IS VERY SAD I THINK IAN KEMP

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Leslie D. Weatherhead ↠ 2 Characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Leslie D. Weatherhead The Christian Agnostic Characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free This review is from The Christian Agnostic Abingdon Classics PaperbackI read this book over 30 years ago when I was a struggling young Christian trying to make sense of ot. I ve often contemplated many of the things that Weatherhead writes about in this book I ve never read a book uite like this which takes the hard uestions of Christianity head on without shrinking from them or coating them in ambiguity This book will be difficult for some to digest particularly those harboring intense theological indoctrination Such people will no doubt scream heresy and toss this book in the garbage at their first encounter with Weatherheads iconoclasm However I would encourage such people to read this book through before formulating their final opinions about it I would strongly recommend that any reader stay in prayer intermittently while reading this book constantly beseeching God for the clarity and peace Prayer will help one maintain the perspective that God is God and that all the minute ramblings and postulations that men may perform no matter how much they may appeal to our reason merely scratch the surface of fully knowing God Read this book with humility and take from it that which enhances your ability to understand and leave anything that frustrates you alone This book goes a long way in explaining how Christianity is a way of life and not a mere theological system Many should read this book to understand how nothing is really necessary beyond the simple openness of the Christian love that Jesus demonstrated so dramatically for us We need not insist that anyone follow elaborate rules rites theologies doctrines or creeds unless it feels right to them The only real prereuisite is to open oneself to love others unconditionally and to let God into these relationships The most effective way to a greater knowledge of God is through the experience of unconditional love Revelation is progressive Once we embrace love the rest will come on its own Christ admitted those into discipleship who merely agreed to be with him and allowed his disciples to develop their own personal creed from their own experiences That s what the Christian Church should do But for the Christian Church to invite others into experience means that the Christian Church must be having such experiences I m not talking about the experience of Sunday School or chapel I m talking about experiences of Christian action in the world so that Christ can be really felt It would be much effective to invite your unbelieving neighbor to minister to the poor help a sick neighbor visit prisoners read to illiterate children or other actions of love than it ever would be to simply invite them to church Let them find the physical church after they first experience the love Revelation is progressive In this book Dr Weatherhead suggests that many Christian doctrines and rituals have nothing to do with expressing Christian love Weatherhead asserts that it is time for the world to dismiss the lies superstitions distortions and mythology with which the joyously simple message of Christ has been overlaid Weatherhead contends that unless we can break out of the prison of literal Bible readings false expressions ancient creeds antiuated hymns and ridiculous expectations of one another we will continue to repel many from the far glorious truths inherent in simple expressions of Christian love Our five senses give us only a minute amount of knowledge in comparison to all that God knows Algebra which appears orderly to me might well seem disorderly nonsense to an uneducated person Cutting an unconscious mans body might seem purposeful cruelty to an uneducated savage but a surgeon views it differently To bridge this sort of enormous communication gap Jesus drew word pictures called parables Parables help men see the truth in their own hearts Today we have to recognize that similar communication gaps exist in our society and that bridging these gaps is how we bring new people to Christ In the paragraphs below I visit some of the major concepts that Weatherhead espouses The Virgin BirthJesus never mentioned the Virgin Birth neither was it for centuries any part of the missionary message of the church Mark never mentioned it nor Peter Paul or John Matthew goes to great lengths to show that Jesus was descended through Joseph from David which seems meaningless if Joseph was not his father Otherwise wouldn t it make sense to trace the lineage of Jesus through Mary Mary was descended from Aaron not David Does one really have to believe in the Virgin Birth to believe in Jesus and to experience the love of Jesus Does Jesus accomplishments have to do with how he entered the world or what he was and did and said while he was in the world If Jesus draws me near to God why do contentious particulars about whether or not Jesus had an earthly human father matter Could the account of the Virgin Birth be a parable to help us all understand that we all have a heavenly father and that every man to the extent to which he is good is a revelation of that heavenly father Jesus taught men to call God father Jesus refers to his brothers sisters and mother as those who do Gods will in contrast to his hereditary lineage If we take the Virgin Birth literally to mean birth without sexual intercourse than we have to ask ourselves if Jesus was wholly human or not If Jesus was not fully man the whole religious significance of God becoming man is brought into uestion Perhaps the appropriate symbolism is that of being born again as in being spiritually re born of God with the implication that God is father to those who follow his will From this perspective God is father of not only Jesus but also of all of us that follow him Being re born spiritually is to be released from the hereditary nature and purified into the spiritual nature It is the manner by which we transcend from physical to spiritual beings Because spiritual re birth occurs without intercourse it is so to speak a virgin birth of the spirit Who was Jesus We assume that Jesus was sinless but we have no way of proving that Jesus was sinless In Luke 1819 and Mark 1018 Jesus asks Why ye call me good Only God is good Man to the extent to which he is good reveals the nature of God Jesus was a vessel full of God Jesus contained as much of God as has been poured into any man and likely lived on a moral level so high that his temptations were subtle than we have the spiritual sensitivity to even discern as temptation at all Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Jesus was God The Bible says that Jesus was the Word of God it says that God was in Christ and it says that Jesus was the Son of God but it does not say that Jesus was God Jesus prayed to God Jesus did not encourage people to worship him he encouraged people to worship God Jesus referred to himself as the Son of ManAbout Miracles In Matthew 2121 Jesus said that if one has sufficient faith and does not doubt they can tell a mountain to throw itself into the sea and it will be done Jesus clearly worked many miracles but implied that others could learn to do miracles We should ourselves be seeking how to cure people and other amazing things But clearly Jesus was interested in demonstrating servitude than his miraculous abilities The most dramatic miracle is that wherever Jesus is sincerely followed men s lives are changed period What does it mean to believe Religious truth has no authority until it authenticates itself in the mind of the believer Believing is accepting something as true because you see it to be true not because it is imposed upon you To be told I am forgiven by God does not do anything for one unless they accept readily the truth that God forgives If one has only reached religious convictions on the word of another then they in reality may have no true convictions If ones religion has been incessantly pounded into them as a child perhaps exploring their doubts will bring them to a authentic faith It is one thing to be told the Bible has authority because it is divinely inspired and uite another to feel one s heart leap out and grasp Biblical truths Revelation is progressive and each step along the way entails a personal acceptance of truth As the author says seeing is the work of each soul for itself The reason religion seems bland to many is because they have accepted the authority of the church but never really accepted what Christ stands for Christianity is much than theological doctrines that must be believed Christianity is a way of seeing the world and living in the world Christ never said you must believe this and that Instead Christ said in Luke 1257 why do you not of yourselves judge what is right The author remarks on what this means A statement is not true because it is in the Bible let alone in the Prayer Book It is not true because Paul says so or the Pope says so or because John Wesley says so It has the authority of the truth only when our own individual insight can leap up and recognize it and possess it as our own Leslie Weatherhead Having faith does not mean accepting intellectual propositions that seem preposterous When Jesus spoke of Faith he meant trust One man Jesus healed by faith did not even know who had healed him and certainly had absolutely no concept of any theology about Jesus When Jesus told people their faith had healed them he meant their trustful expectancy in something that breaks with convention prejudice biased upbringing and peer pressure Taking the Bible literally Did God converse with a snake in Hebrew In Psalm 1378 9 does it really say Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the rocks Does the Bible say that the flesh of swine is not to be eaten that usury is wrong and that wages earned one day are not to be kept back till the next morning Do we today want to follow the rules for a Levitical priest in 700 BC Did God really turn a terrified woman into a pillar of salt order massacres and allow his devoted servant Job to be visited with diseases and pain Did a donkey really speak as related in 2 Peter 216 Were the parables that Jesus told actually factual events or simply related as examples Does it matter whether the parables actually occurred or whether Jesus was simply drawing an analogy Does a story have to be factually true in order to convey an important moral truth Just asking Why did Jesus die the way he did Is there any legitimacy in the ancient Jewish custom of murdering animals for remission of sins Would the God you know in your heart really condone such a slaughter The Psalmists cries in 5116 and 406 Thou hast no pleasure in burnt offerings Can justice really come from undeserved suffering Is sin a debt that Jesus paid for with his death Did Jesus experience some measure of suffering that in some fantastic ledger account balanced the degree of sin in the world The prodigal son the woman taken in adultery and the boy let down through the roof were all forgiven immediately they did not have to await any sacrifice and neither do you when you are forgiven in the here and now It is not that Christ had to die to pay someone or some price or to level some scale Christ had to die because that s what it took to get through to us To get us to see That s what it took to make a big enough splash to get our attention even today That s what it took to introduce a catalyst into the world that would begin progressive change So is there reality to the contention that Jesus suffering on the cross removed all of the sin The trouble is that sins are not taken away My sin and every man s sin remains in the world working still their evil in us and in the lives of others whom we have hurt Such sin is diminished only when we forgive those who have hurt us bear the transgression and accept forgiveness from those we have hurt and from God And even if our sin doesn t appear to hurt another but is simply a sin against what God stands for then God bears the transgression God bears the transgression for all our sins This is what Christ demonstrated to us how to bear transgressions and therefore how to also accept forgiveness It is through forgiveness that sin is eliminated from the world The Kingdom is of God is predicated upon men forgiving one another God forgiving men and the beautiful utopia resulting therefrom Christ forgave those who wronged him even as they were wronging him The suffering Christ bore is the most radical example of non violent forgiveness of assailants ever witnessed This business of turning the other cheek was and still is a truly radical concept It is the concept that permeates and sustains Jesus teaching The purposeful restraint of backlash and retribution allows the assailant or sinner to understand immediately that they are forgiven Just as the Prodigal son we may return repentant into joyous fellowship It is a concept so profound that it convicts the spiritual disciple to similarly hold steadfast to the truth even in the face of his own death Jesus death is permanently etched into the consciousness of humanity Jesus was willing to die for what he stood for to refuse to lie to refuse to conceal that he was a Son of God to refuse to participate in the violence of self defense Jesus said No man taketh my life from me I lay it down of myself It was not something that overcame him it was something he purposefully did in order to carry God s message into time as an acted parable The message is to go on loving and refusing evil and violence even in the face of it without reprisal or answering violence until men see what sin is and turn from it with loathing Through his death Jesus also illustrated for us the spiritual re birth that we now know that we can achieve Like Jesus we must grow our spiritual self to the point that when we sacrifice our physical body we may live on in the spirit The only exit from the physical world is death but unuestionably Jesus survived death and proved his survival to his followers many times In first Corinthians 156 it says that on one occasion he appeared to 500 people at once How else can we account for eleven men in hiding terribly disappointed and disillusioned suddenly becoming missionaries within six or seven weeks of his death and preaching his resurrection and eventually suffering themselves as martyrs laying down their lives for the truth His disciples had a spiritual experience of him after his death and we have a spiritual experience of him today He is unmistakably alive in spirit Speaking of the disciples continuation of his spirit Weatherhead writes They went out through the known world preaching teaching healing inspiring and in spite of opposition hostility and persecution they won men and women everywhere to the new way Nothing could stop them not even the might of Imperial Rome and is there in literature a thrilling story than the story of that radiant Christian witness of that infectious Christian living of that unuenchable enthusiasm It is depressing to find so rarely that exuberant living in the modern church Leslie Weatherhead So what it is that suelches exuberance in the church today Perhaps it is not so suelched as some may first deduce Weatherhead cites an elouent Monia Furlong about this as follows Within the strange sprawling uarreling mass of the churches within their stifling narrowness their ignorance their insensitivity their stupidity their fear of the senses and of truth I perceive another Church one which really is Christ at work in the world To this Church men seem to be admitted as much by a baptism of the heart as of the body and they know of intellectual charity of vulnerability of love of joy of peace than most of the rest of us They have learned to live with few defenses and so conuered the isolation that torments many They do not judge especially morally their own relationships make it possible for others to grow It does not matter what their circumstances are what their physical and mental limitations are They really are free men the prisoners who have been released and who in turn can release others Monia FurlongThe ability to alter the body with the mindIt is widely accepted that the ability to heal is very much a mental process This has been demonstrated through the use of placebos faith healings and other means Dr Weatherhead cites the example that it has been factually proven that one can burn the flesh of a hypnotized person and raise a blister by simply telling the patient that one s finger or fountain pen is a red hot iron Weatherhead suggests that such mental powers may have been the way in which Christ disposed of his physical body accomplished miracles and materialized at will after his death This is exemplary of the subordination of the physical body to the mental spirit such that the physical body is nothing less than a mere tool manifested by the spirit for its use when it needs it What matters most is that Jesus personality has clearly survived physical death and is still recognizably active in the world After appearing physically to the senses of his followers Jesus was eager to make them experience him independent of their senses in the spirit Jesus wanted his followers to know him as always present even when they could not see hear or touch him Jesus is actually nearer to mankind by being spirit to spirit with us Jesus said Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed Jesus said in John 154 Abide in Me and I in you The power of the spirit is not a mere enhancement of man s own facilities it is a supernatural endowment The secret of the power is to be possessed by the spirit of God It is a power that was demonstrated by Christ DUE TO THE LENGTH OF THIS REVIEW IT IS CONTINUED IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • The Christian Agnostic
  • Leslie D. Weatherhead
  • English
  • 07 December 2018
  • 9780687069774

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    Read The Christian Agnostic The Christian Agnostic (PDF) Leslie D. Weatherhead ↠ 2 Characters I’ve often contemplated many of the things that Weatherhead writes about in this book I’ve never read a book uite like this which takes the hard uestions of Christianity head on without shrinking from them or coating them in amb

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    The Christian Agnostic (PDF) Though some of the examples may be dated this is an important work in how to begin to think about the nature of christian theology as a rational human being Without this book I would no longer be calling myself a Christian

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    The Christian Agnostic (PDF) Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Leslie D. Weatherhead Leslie D. Weatherhead ↠ 2 Characters A GREAT BOOK BY A GREAT CHRISTIAN MINISTER HUMANE BEUTIFULLY WRITTEN A WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME IN SO MANY WAYS WHEN HE WAS A OLD MAN I HEARD HIM PREACH HE WAS MAGNETIC CHRISMATIC A MAN OF HIGH INTELLENENCE AND GREAT CHARM TODAY THEY NO LONGER EXIST IN OUR MATERIALISTIC WORLD AND REAL INTELLEGENT PREACHING NO LONGER

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    The Christian Agnostic (PDF) This one is fascinating Absolutely fascinating Where has it been all my life?

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    Leslie D. Weatherhead ↠ 2 Characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Leslie D. Weatherhead Read The Christian Agnostic It's better just to be honest about what you don't know

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    Leslie D. Weatherhead ↠ 2 Characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Leslie D. Weatherhead Read The Christian Agnostic I love reading about a person’s spiritual journey The first few chapters of this book beautifully capture the author’s bewilderment and doubt which culminate in a renewed sense of faith But I hate reading the contortions of rel

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    The Christian Agnostic (PDF) Weatherhead has written a book for the Christian agnostic I certainly am no agnostic and by his definitions I am not sure that I am a Christian though I do think that I can answer to that name It is an interesting mix of religion ps

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