The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§160   Jesus goes straight to the point, the “Kingdom of Heaven” is in the heart and He does not find the means in duty to the Jewish Church; He even regards the reality of Judaism (its need to maintain itself) as nothing; He is concerned purely with the inner man.

Neither does He make anything of all the coarse forms relating to man’s intercourse with God: He is opposed to the whole of the teaching of repentance and atonement; he points out how man ought to live in order to feel himself “deified”, and how futile it is on his part to hope to live properly by showing repentance and contrition for his sins. “Sin is of no account “is practically his chief standpoint.

Sin, repentance, forgiveness, all this does not belong to Christianity — it is Judaism or Paganism which has become mixed up with Christ’s teaching.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§159   The whole of the Christian creed, all Christian “truth”, is idle falsehood and deception and is precisely the reverse of that which was at the bottom of the first Christian movement.

All that which in the ecclesiastical sense is Christian, is just exactly what is most radically anti-Christian: crowds of things and people appear instead of symbols, history takes the place of eternal facts, it is all forms, rites and dogmas instead of a “practice” of life. To be really Christian would mean to be absolutely indifferent to dogmas, cults, priests, church and theology.

The practice of Christianity is no more an impossible fantasy than the practice of Buddhism is: it is merely a means to happiness.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§158   Christianity as an historical reality should not be confounded with that one root which its name recalls. The other roots, from which it has sprung, are by far the more important. It is an unprecedented abuse of names to identify such manifestations of decay and such abortions as the “Christian Church”, “Christian belief”, and “Christian life”, with that Holy Name. What did Christ deny? Everything that today is called Christian.

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The G.R.A.C.E. BJU report

Jeri Massi takes a first look, here.

The religion at BJU, Christian Fundamentalism, is all about yourself. It’s about being “the best you can be for God.” God, on the other hand, wants you to have a humble and a contrite heart, because no sinner anywhere ever lifted himself or herself above being a sinner in need of grace. So today, let’s talk about INSULARITY, and let’s consider the G.R.A.C.E. report as an evaluation of a religion that suffers from INSULARITY.

A religion about yourself will insulate you. But Christianity, (real Christianity, I mean) …

It’s a thoughtful piece, and worth reading. I have only one cavil, that bit I highlighted at the end. There are 20-some thousand Christian denominations. If fully three-quarters of them are roll-your-own tax dodges, that leaves roughly 5000 different flavors of r-e-e-e-a-l Christian, all of them generally hectoring the other 4999 for having it all wrong. I don’t want to harp on it, though, because Jeri’s one of the smartest and most temperate Christian bloggers out there; it’s just one of those usages that always makes me frown.

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Back in the ol’ hometown, ctd

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man … I bet it’s really something when a Porta-Potty is launched into space”? Well, what do you know? You’re not the only person who has really odd thoughts.

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