My theory is that in a part of Minneapolis there is a disconuity in the local fabric of space time
or some effect like in the movie Groundhog’s Day and that the sixties are endlessly repeated. Now why would I say that? Perhaps because Julie at AdoroTeDevote sent me a link to
the infamous St. Joan of Arc parish that recently had a retreat with a speaker whose theme was “God Almighty is Dead and Good Riddance: Reassessing God’s Power (and Our Own) As We Challenge a Destructive U.S. Empire.”
Nelson-Pallmeyer argues that Christianity has twisted Jesus’ God of Compassion into a God of Violence. Christianity is radically disconnected from the Jesus of history, says Nelson-Pallmeyer. His writings and talks are an attempt to recover Jesus at the heart of Christianity and to reinvent our response to the misrepresented Jesus.
Oh yeah when I read the Gospels all I think about is how violent Jesus is. Now you might thing this is wacky, but wait they have proof.
For example, Matthew’s Jesus shows wrathful images of God: “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (7:19). “You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?” (23:33). And what about that gospel reading we heard just before Christmas? The one about the maidens and the lamps? The foolish ones had the door slammed shut on them and the Lord said, “Stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.” And, consider the incredible despair of the apocalypse in the book of Revelations:
Door slamming Jesus? Now I checked several different Bible translations of Matt 25:10 and pretty much they all said "The door was shut." I wonder what the Greek word for slammed was? Though maybe they used the RSV (Really Super Violent) translation and that would explain their view of a violent Jesus. Or maybe they just don’t like Jesus ‘language on judgment I mean the final judgment is just so judgmental you know. Not warning us about the possibility of an eternity being able to roast marshmallows on our fingers would have been so much better.
Isn’t our hope in Jesus then? Nelson-Pallmeyer asserts that the New Testament writers, coming out of the Old Testament tradition, sometimes misrepresented Jesus to support their own agendas. The Gospel writers both distort and reveal Jesus. Because of this, the task is to discern the texts that offer a glimpse of the historic Jesus, the man who was different from his contemporaries.
Yes let’s assert that the Holy Spirit is not the author of Scripture.
Those divinely revealed realities which are contained and presented in Sacred Scripture have been committed to writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For holy mother Church, relying on the belief of the Apostles (see John 20:31; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-20, 3:15-16), holds that the books of both the Old and New Testaments in their entirety, with all their parts, are sacred and canonical because written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author and have been handed on as such to the Church herself. In composing the sacred books, God chose men and while employed by Him they made use of their powers and abilities, so that with Him acting in them and through them, they, as true authors, consigned to writing everything and only those things which He wanted.
Therefore, since everything asserted by the inspired authors or sacred writers must be held to be asserted by the Holy Spirit, it follows that the books of Scripture must be acknowledged as teaching solidly, faithfully and without error that truth which God wanted put into sacred writings for the sake of salvation. Therefore "all Scripture is divinely inspired and has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, for reformation of manners and discipline in right living, so that the man who belongs to God may be efficient and equipped for good work of every kind" (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Greek text).
Now where did I pull up such a statement? Why Vatican II ‘s Dei Verbum of course. I know unfair to use the actual teachings of Vatican II.
Nelson-Pallmeyer has been inspired by the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, who teaches that inner peace provides our capacity to make outer peace. Nelson-Pallmeyer has collaborated with musician, Bret Hesla, to put together some ideas of how to re-ritualize a liturgy (Worship in the Spirit of Jesus) and we ended our retreat with such a liturgy, sharing songs, poems and bread and water.
This re-reitualization with bread and water is just so much better than say the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
I have decided to add a new feature to my blog. The prayer indicator. Punditry without prayer is pointless, so please send out some prayers to these probably very nice but misguided people.