Last post for a while
This quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. US jurist (1841 – 1935) identifies the force behind tribal bigotry: We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.
All religions in history are of human origin. A leader organizes the Bible into defined doctrines (teachings) Roman Catholic fathers, Luther, Calvin, Knox, Arminius, Joseph Smith, John Wesley, etc. Then they gather a tribe (flock) loyal to tribal teaching. Bingo: a denomination.
Tribal members spend their lives fiercely defending what they have been taught. I recall from my youth a pamphlet called The Trail of Blood that proved beyond a doubt that Baptist teachings went straight back to Jesus. But Jesus came not to found a religion but a guide to everyday life, a life that fulfills Creator God’s purpose for the individual and humanity. Of that I am sure.
Aha! You’re sure: right and all others’ viewpoints are wrong! Well, I lean on Jesus’ claim: I am the way, the truth, and the life. And on the divine assertion: All authority has been granted unto me.
Sure I could be wrong; but we’ll see how it works out.
Old Grandpa Lloyd, long-time religious professional