Another interpretation of the Bible’s message: Part I

Recently I ran into this post:

The primary message of the Gospel is:
1) God is real; God is perfect and God loves you.
2) Humans are sinful by nature, and no matter what we do we cannot make ourselves righteous before a perfect God.
3) The penalty of our sin is death, or separation from God.
4) Jesus Christ came and lived a sinless life, being both God and human, and died a sacrificial death on the cross as an atonement for the sins of all humans.
5) Those who believe and accept Jesus’ sacrifice will spend eternity with God; those who do not will spend eternity separated from God.

This is the accepted Christian interpretation. the poster then says:

“People may misinterpret what the bible says to conform to their own views (nonbelievers and Christians alike) but the bible’s main message has not changed in the two thousand plus years it has existed in recorded form.”

I started to respond but by the time I had arranged my thoughts the moment had passed, so I am posting here.

Indeed, the Bible’s primary message hasn’t changed but other than popular agreement, to what can we point to dispute the assertion that men’s interpretation and understanding of that message may be flawed?

For your consideration, I offer the following alternative ‘interpretation’;

The primary message of the Gospel is:

1) God is real; God is perfect and God loves you.
2) Humans are sinful as a
consequence of gaining ‘knowledge’ prematurely and, the practical consequence is separation from God.
3) No matter what we do, we can’t cure ourselves from separation from a perfect God.

4) The consequence of our unavoidable inheritance of sin is separation from God, which prevents life from continually renewing, resulting in death.
5) Jesus, a human being, lived a sinless life, someone whose ‘spiritual umbilical cord’ remained intact, allowing him to stay fully connected with the divine. Who, after attaining the ability to fully embody the ‘sonship’ of God, the ‘Christ’, then conducted his
ministry of example and accepted a sacrificial death on the cross as a symbolic message for all of humanity.

6) Those who accept Jesus’ message and surrender their individuality to God for renewal and cleansing, will spend eternity with God; those who do not make the free-will choice to do so, will remain separated from God.

Geoffrey Britain

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One thought on “Another interpretation of the Bible’s message: Part I

  1. couldnt agree more. its not about belief, its about following the example. submit our egos and our cultural conditioning and our social indoctrination to the winds, and listen to voice that lies dormant inside us all.

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