Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

How to explain away scriptural truth.

So, how do you explain away a basic Christian doctrine that Salvation is uniquely through Jesus Christ? Afterall it is abundantly clear as contained in scripture John 14:6 - Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me." Note he is THE way/truth/life (not "A" way, etc. but "THE" way, etc.) and NO ONE goes to God the Father except by Jesus. Seems pretty upfront. Affirmed as doctrine by The Church throught all ages.

But if you are the new person in the position of Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, then you explain it away this way in an interview in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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"I certainly don’t disagree with that statement that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. But the way it’s used is as a truth serum, or a touchstone: If you cannot repeat this statement, then you’re not a faithful Christian or person of faith. I think Jesus as way – that’s certainly what it means to be on a spiritual journey. It means to be in search of relationship with God. We understand Jesus as truth in the sense of being the wholeness of human expression. What does it mean to be wholly and fully and completely a human being? Jesus as life, again, an example of abundant life. We understand him as bringer of abundant life but also as exemplar. What does it mean to be both fully human and fully divine? Here we have the evidence in human form. So I’m impatient with the narrow understanding, but certainly welcoming of the broader understanding."
Asked about the rest of Christ's declaration: "No man cometh unto to the father but by me," Jefferts Schori continued.
"Again in its narrow construction, it tends to eliminate other possibilities. In its broader construction, yes, human beings come to relationship with God largely through their experience of holiness in other human beings. Through seeing God at work in other people’s lives. In that sense, yes, I will affirm that statement. But not in the narrow sense, that people can only come to relationship with God through consciously believing in Jesus," she said.

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God help the Episcopal Church if this is the doctrine our leadership proclaims.......
found here http://www.biblebeltblogger.com/biblebelt/2007/01/presiding_bisho.html#more