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Faith deconstruction and decolonizing. Colombiana 🇨🇴 M.Min. She/Her/Hers #decolonizeYourFaith
29 Jun 20
The last installment of “we don’t let anybody used the Bible as a weapon” is here.

Let’s talk about fornication and sex positivity.

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As always we begin by putting verses in context. Matt 15:19-20.

This is the same instance of Jesus talking to some scribes and Pharisees about his disciples not washing his hands. Religious leaders want to know why he doesn’t ask them to keep w/the traditions of the elders.
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Jesus tells them they break the commandments of God w/their commitment to tradition.

Quick pause here – Jesus also said all commandments are summarizes in two “Love God and love others as yourself”
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28 Jun 20
Ok 5th installment of the “we don’t let anybody weaponize the Bible against us” is here:
Saying that Jesus called the Bible the Word of God shows how very little understanding of the history of the Bible one has. It’s actually deeply concerning for anyone teaching about the Bible to make such a claim.
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The Bible wasn’t finalized and canonized, put together as a collection of books until 367ad. After several different councils, and even today not all denominations agree on the canon.
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28 Jun 20
Let’s keep on learning so that we don’t let anybody use the Bible as a weapon against us, especially when it’s verses way out of context:

On being Christian and not going to church - A Thread:
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So yes, according to Luke 4 Jesus went to synagogue.

Before we jump in though:

Jewish synagogues are not the same as Christian churches, which should be clear to all of us. You don’t get to co-opt a faith and think it belongs to you and...
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you get to change all the things about it and appropriate. Judaism is not v. 1 and then Christianity a “better version.” Judaism is a rich faith that stands all on its own, we should be learning from Jewish ppl.
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26 Jun 20
We continue the education because we don’t let anybody use the Bible as a weapon anymore!!

Part III on Jesus being the way, the truth and the life, begins here:

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Here is part II on LGBTQ+ and divinity with a link to part I on proselytizing.

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Much has been said of Jn 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Entire books have been written, because as I have said several times, the Bible can really be used to support any one stance on anything. (3)
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26 Jun 20
Ok, let’s keep on educating so we all have tools to stand up to those who weaponize the Bible against people.

This is part II addressing LGBTQ+ people and their divinity and leadership inside the church.

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We start with Matthew 19:4-6 (though the graphic only adds vs 5)

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25 Jun 20
Ok for the purpose of education, let’s do this:
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Let’s begin by setting the record straight, Jesus never proselytized; he spoke of his faith (which was against religious norms of the time, he made religious ppl uncomfortable, sound familiar?). Sharing of your faith (in deed preferably) has nothing to do w/proselytizing.
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Proselytizing means you are seeking to convert another, which assumes you think their beliefs are less valuable. That’s violent against another person’s agency and tradition.

More on that here:instagram.com/p/By2xRw6JcMv/…
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22 Jun 20
Since conservative Christians keep coming at me. Here:

I am a Christian and I believe proselytizing is violence against another.
I am a Christian and I believe LGBTQ+ ppl are divine and should lead us.
I am a Christian and I learn a lot from ppl who do not share my faith.
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I am a Christian and I don’t go to church.
I am a Christian and I don’t believe the Bible is the word of God.
I am a Christian and I embrace sex-positivity, which includes but isn’t limited to, sex outside of marriage.
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I am a Christian and I believe everyone has access to God. EVERY ONE.
I am a Christian and I do as I please (which is not to say I can harm anyone, that’s never ok).
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3 Jun 20
This coming from the guy who plagiarized MLK, thinks women are less than, lies about his credentials, and is an all together awful person with a clear narcissistic personality 🙄.
Here for when he deletes the comment or blocks me because I’m tired of these abusers pretending they didn’t get called out a million times before.
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22 Feb 20
“I sense anger toward the church and you shouldn’t speak against the church but heal your anger” - Someone in my DMs tonight.

Of course I have anger toward the #church.

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There are thousands of open, closed and yet to be discovered cases of sexual abuse by pastors and church leaders. That’s just in one denomination. And it isn’t the Catholics I am talking about. Most of the abusers are still working as pastors or being promoted.

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LGBTQ+ ppl continue to be psychologically, emotionally and physically abused in churches. I’ve seen countless pastors manipulate and exploit vulnerable ppl and their finances. Churches teach parents to abuse their kids causing severe trauma many adults can never heal.
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15 Feb 20
I’m going to go ahead and let people guess what kind of group set up this orphanage? (1)
Don’t tell me not all Christians. Until I see those who don’t do this or finance it condemning the white savior complex that comes with Christian indoctrination then it is all Christians. Because these abuses and crimes are directly tied to Christian indoctrination. (2)
If we really wanted to help children in Haiti (or anywhere really because I can tell you horror stories of orphanages and non-profits in Mexico) then we’d support their economy, we’d support the entire family groups, their living parents, we’d demand better of churches and (3)
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