I just came across a post that included a quote from Bishop John Shelby Spong where he says:
God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human beings have created …
I love it!
Only problem is … in my opinion, he didn’t take it far enough.
Humans didn’t just create the systems, they also created GOD.
I’m pretty sure Bishop Spong would disagree with me (see his bio below), but hey … Truth is Truth.
As an added note, Bishop Spong has also stated that HELL doesn’t exist … that it’s an invention of the church to control people with fear. Wow! This man definitely has his head on straight. (No doubt this is why he’s been described as a “liberal Christian.”)
Oh, and he also said that religion is primarily a search for security — a way to stave off anxiety over the unknown.
Who woulda’ thought?
Someone else felt similarly. Paul Tillich, a Christian existentialist philosopher, put forth the idea that humans need something to overcome their fear of death … to help them subdue the terrible dread of their demise.
And for thousands … guess who fills the bill?
Nonetheless, it’s important to remember Spong’s words that “God is not a Christian.” Thus, what happens at “the end” may not be what some are expecting.
(I must confess. Bishop Spong actually said a bit more in the above quote. I just cherry-picked the most relevant part.) 😈
John Shelby “Jack” Spong is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark. He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author. He calls for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines.