Sunday, July 24, 2005

Preamble

This is a blog for me and hopefully others too who are recovering Christians. Recovering as in we once called themselves Christians, but are in some respects disillusioned by the way Scriptures are interpreted, and how Christians treat other people sometimes. Some have abandoned their faith for good reason, others have not (like me). Some have their own conceptions of what the Scriptures are really saying that are very different from what is usually taught.

So naturally, there are things that I will write that are disturbing, so why risk making others angry or disturbed? I guess there are precedents for this sort of thing. If you're a Protestant, you'll know that this means you're from the POV of a protesting Christian in the 16th century, protesting against the Catholic Christians. So, I guess it's not unusual for differences in opinion to appear. It's all part of the continual reformation of the Church. I could keep quiet, of course, but I don't think that would be right. What I wish is that everyone can treat each other with respect, even when there're drastic differences in opinions.

I first got the idea of setting up this blog from Adina's discussion about faith. The Bush win made me abandon my faith for a day because I was just so bloody angry. But I vowed to come back the next day and continue fighting. I realised that this feeling is not that uncommon among people of faith, and subsequently I hope this blog can become a place for discussion and reflection among folks who have similar ideas.

Keep in mind that the stuff that you hear might be considered heretic and not necessarily taught in Sunday School :). If I were living in less modern times, I'd be surely burnt at the stake. I've thought long and hard how to approach this. It's a fine line between doing the work of the Lord and doing the work of the Devil. I hope I can approach this in humility and with grace. It's not easy to go against conventional teachings, and arrogance is always a real danger. But we'll see where this goes. If you wish to be a contributor of this blog (i.e., you can also post new entries), feel free to leave a comment. Contributors might include both believers and non-believers, for I think there are times when we are not sure what believers believe, and what non-believers actually don't believe...

11 Comments:

Blogger Laughingcow said...

This is a refreshingly honest reflection of the dilemmas that I think (and hope, actually) many Christians identify with. I'm looking forward to more. :)

Monday, July 25, 2005 2:17:00 AM  
Blogger jeffyen said...

Thank you for the kind words. And I look forward to seeing more of your input too!

Monday, July 25, 2005 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

How about recovered Christians? :0

Just how wide are you casting your net? What about apostates? Heh heh.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 6:38:00 PM  
Blogger jeffyen said...

Can, recovering/recovered/
thinkingabouit/backsliders/
apostates/insert_own_label/... the net is pretty big! :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 12:08:00 PM  
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005 5:03:00 PM  
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Tuesday, August 02, 2005 1:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Hi, interesting blog. There are a lot of Christians out there who have faced disappointments and all. A lot who have been upset with organizational Christianity. It's definitely a group worth thinking about and ministering too.

In most Western countries, you have liberal churches that cater to such categories of people above who tend to be less conservative and fundamentalistic in theology. Here in Singapore, the only liberal leaning church is Free Community Church that accepts gays and Christians of any sexual orientation.

Anyway, I'm not sure if you guys know of the "Emergent" or "Emerging" church movement. It's a pretty new "movement" that has gained momentum in the last couple of years and "recovering Christians" like you guys would certainly be interested in it. Just google it. Lots of bloggers that would identify with this "movement".

The interesting thing is that over the past couple of years, there have been more and more Christians who are disatisfied with a lot of organizational Christianity and fundamentalism. New interesting labels and "movements" have appeared like that of Post-Evangelical, Post-Liberal, Progressive Evangelical, Emergent Church, Postmodern Christianity...etc. All these have one thing in common and that is that they seek to be more balanced and holistic in their Christian faith - not being fundamentalistic or liberal. I think it's all very encouraging.

For those who are interested in some of these ideas, a very good classic book is Brian McLaren's "A New Kind of Christian". I think most people who read this blog would relate a lot to it.

God bless!

Sunday, August 07, 2005 4:33:00 AM  
Blogger jeffyen said...

Thanks for your comments, Jonathan. Funny how the ideals shown by FCF puts it in the 'fringes', while I think these sorts of effort should be mainstream. Yeah, I think balanced and reasonable churches are the way to go.

However, there are also many new churches that are quite 'strange' that emphasize monetary wealth and so on... It takes all kinds, I guess. :)

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous jessica said...

hi gab, dunno how i come i just happened to come across ur site, but i really felt i must say..

no matter how far you go, no matter what kind of church you set up, you will always find a sinner amidst the crowd. someone who at one point of time, or another, will not do what you think is right.

but in any case, Christ came for sinners. after the intial split from the Catholic Church (granted there was some wrongdoing by them then especially..), Protestantism has continued to split further - "you dont like smth, someone, you pack up n go" attitude - to the point that there are now 28,000 denominations in the US alone today. call that "Unity" that Jesus asked us to demonstrate?

As such, which of these churches do we listen to-- precisely answering many of those qns u address on this blog - whose interpretation is right? if you agree that Jesus and the Bible is true, then you how can you say the Catholic Church is false, whose founder is not Pastor so-and-so, but Jesus Christ.

i can understand ur discouragement with a lot of pple.... but that was never an assumption that was taken for granted or ignored.. also, do recognise the good work being done too, some who give their lives, without being paid for it..

p.s. btw, for the benefit of others, catholics do recognise that there is good in other religions, they dont pronounce you "not saved" if you dont confess the "sinners prayer" or smth.. and they believe you're saved by grace alone, through faith and works. We cant see faith and works being separated, its contradicotry, but we do NOT allege being saved by works alone.

glad u write gabriel, its good to hear what others think too, and not to take it for granted, to qn what we believe in. cheers!

Saturday, April 22, 2006 3:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find your site terribly arrogant, and lacking of any fondational truth.

Thursday, June 15, 2006 5:26:00 AM  
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Thursday, July 13, 2006 8:30:00 AM  

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