Monday, 21 March 2016
The New Paradigm.
What we are seeing now in religion is the emergence of a New Paradigm.
This paradigm has a positive, holistic view of God.
It is based on modern Biblical scholarship which teaches that the Bible is a conglomerate of texts written by different authors over hundreds of years.
It also teaches that the Bible is not literal history but a mixture of styles including poetry and metaphor.
Many of the Bible stories use midrash which is the retelling of old stories in a new context.
The New Paradigm is also compatible with modern scientific understandings of the world and the universe.
It has a positive attitude towards sex and homosexuality in particular which is seen as a natural part of the diversity of God's good creation.
The old understandings of God - as a harsh, vindictive dispenser of rewards and punishments - has been superseded.
No longer will we be wicked sinners in fear of punishment and hell.
We will be children of God.
And we will know His steadfast Love.
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