The Death of Christian Discipleship (Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations)

By Lee Karl Palo

© 2014 Lee Karl Palo

So the saying goes… “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

…that is unless you count death, which is more certain than taxes.

Heraclitus had it right, Plato had it wrong—life is change.

The greatest failure of the Christian religion was to get rid of the need to “make disciples,” and instead substitute a prayer to grant the Christian convert an afterlife where God can disciple them directly instead of other Christians. Disciple-making is hard work! Getting someone to say the “Sinner’s Prayer” is easy. That is how Christianity became a religion of death. God commanded people to love one another and care for this world, but that was transformed into Christian apathy about one’s neighbor (unless it is a fellow Christian, but not always) and caring about Heaven and Hell.

Thus says Tim LaHaye’s sycophantic followers, “We welcome the end-of-days when God will come to earth again to destroy the world and burn our neighbors in hell (while we escape by being raptured into heaven)…”

“…When they all die God will sort them out…”

“…May they all die so God can sort them out…”

“…Kill them all and let God sort them out…”

“…In the love of Christ.”

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Art by Lee Karl Palo

Art by Lee Karl Palo

Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations are meant to provoke thought. They are not necessarily meant to convey the author’s actual opinion, and may be hypothetical in nature. The style is inspired by a certain oft-misunderstood European philosopher of the late 19th Century (he would have preferred to be called a European philosopher rather than a German philosopher) – “Dionysus.”

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© 2014 Lee Karl Palo

leekarlpalo@gmail.com

 

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