The Unpastor

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The Unpastor

Thank you for stopping by my blog. This will be a place where I journey into questions on theology, faith, and the life that surrounds it. Hope you will join me on this journey

Introduction

Why have I chosen to write a blog? My desire is to look at the idea that the Bible is infallible and the final authority. I feel that we can have a tendency to create another idol out of the bible. I think it is important to be able to have an open dialogue about whether the bible as we know it today is inerrant. This open dialogue can and should involve questions such as, can we understand God without the Bible? Were the writers of the bible any more inspired than we are today? I was raised in the church. I was taught at a very young age to not question the Bible. It was explained to me the Bible was the exact representation of the voice of God. As I delved deeper into the Bible, I noticed it brought up more questions than answers. You ended up getting such questions as: Why is the Old Testament and New Testament God so different? Why does there seem to be two different creation stories in Genesis? Why do the four gospels seem to contradict one another? This just scratches the surface. There are myriad other examples. This all begs the question; can you hear the true voice of God without the Bible? I think the answer is a resounding probably. I say that because the question is loaded. There is more to it than that one question.

My goal in this blog is to show this through a fictional character I am calling RJ. RJ will find himself in a place and situation where he is forced to decide if what he is hearing is actually God. Or, is RJ just going mad? I have always been fascinated with science fiction. So, I am incorporating science fiction into my blog. One final point. I am in no way implying that the Bible has no intrinsic value. I really believe it does. When it conflicts with the true word of God (Jesus), however, we must always defer to the latter. Jesus is the true word of God. Jesus is our litmus test. If what we are reading or saying contradicts the message of Jesus, then we need to rethink what it is saying and why. I will try to show that one might be able to follow the Jesus way without the Bible. In fact, I believe this happens all the time. It has happened, it is happening, and will continue to happen.

About Me

My name is Jon Turney. I am a husband, and a father. I have worked for Costco for 25 years. I am a musician, a sound designer, a volunteer firefighter and a amateur writer. This is my first attempt at putting my thoughts out to the world. I hope it is worth reading.


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