Contend Earnestly: Christians Are a Bunch of Swindlers

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Christians Are a Bunch of Swindlers

I got the chance to get coffee with one of my buddies and brothers from Soma, Chris Thomas. Chris is a really cool dude that is trying to understand each day what it means to follow Jesus. He brought up this quote today as we were's money ball.

“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand it, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. ‘My God,’ you will say, ‘if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world’? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.”

- Søren Kierkegaard
Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard
Charles Moore, ed.

Quoted in Keith Giles’ book This Is My Body: Ekklesia As God Intended, p. 60


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Boaly said...

A very interesting quote, very convicting.

Sportet said...

Absolutely agree with this quote. The more I read the Bible the less I understand some of the teaching I've heard from Mainstream Christianity, which usually starts with "Jesus didn't really mean . . . "

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