A NOTE TO THE READER

Apparently, the figures failed to be included with my previous posting, Jesus’ Feeding of the Multitudes #3.  Unless or until that issue gets resolved, I’ll be setting aside the rest of the Feeding postings and will move on to my next series of postings, which will be excerpts from my new Christian nonfiction book Marching to a Worthy Drummer.

 

Marching has a subtitle: “A Christian Layperson Speaks Out About the Holy Spirit”. As this subtitle implies, I have for years considered the Church, both Catholic and Protestant, to have been propagating a very false and damaging misunderstanding of the Judeo-Christian Godhead and particularly the Third Member of this Trinitarian Deity, the Holy Spirit.  This is not to say that Scripture itself is in error, at least not in the original.  In opposition to the uncomfortable notion that the Church has devastatingly misrepresented the God she professes for worship, I have maintained a firm conviction that our Scripture, the Bible, is divinely inspired and inerrant in the original. The key phrase here is in the original.

After having thoroughly researched what Scripture says about the Holy Spirit, I have made a conclusion that I’m so comfortable with that I wish to share it with you: Scripture itself, in general and in multiple specific places, defines a Holy Spirit that is at odds with the use of a male pronoun as a descriptor.  Somewhere along the line, the Church leadership took it upon itself to alter the original Jewish and early Christian understanding and designation of the Holy Spirit as a fully-gendered, feminine Entity.  In the name of purifying Christianity of all sexual connotations, these leaders thought they were doing God a favor, but in the end they devastated a very beautiful appreciation of the nature of God and set the stage for the alienation and indifference toward God that we now see all around us.  The Godhead is altogether more lovable and charming and more intimately connected to us than the Church has depicted for all too many centuries.

Marching thoroughly explores Scriptural allusions to a feminine Holy Spirit, notes early textual references to the same, and formulates the basic reason why this deliberate tampering with Scripture was made just a few centuries after the birth of the Church. I’ve tossed in some personal anecdotes in each chapter that lead into the chapter themes, which I hope that you’ll enjoy along with the more serious business.

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