One of my good friends sent me a link to a blog post at Juicy Ecumenism- The Institute on Religion & Democracy Blog about retired Episcopalian bishop, John Shelby Spong. Now, those of you who have heard that name probably know that Spong denies the Incarnation, Resurrection, Virgin Birth, and pretty much everything else Christians believe. And he’s a bishop. In a church. What gets me about this is that someone who denies that Christ is the Son of God who suffered for us and rose again, is giving homilies on Good Friday at a church, a Christian church. I don’t pretend to understand it, it’s one of those things that makes me need a lie down and a glass of something strong. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this post on Spong’s celebration of a “Non-literal Good Friday.” Yes, it’s as good (read: bad) as it sounds.
Here’s a snippet:
Arguing that the Gospels were not historic accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, Spong sought to isolate the fourth gospel, insisting it was not authored by John the son of Zebedee. Instead, the retired Episcopal bishop proposed that the Gospel of John was not a story of incarnation.
“This Gospel sees Jesus as a life lived so deeply that he reached mystical oneness with God,” proposed the author of the upcoming book “The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic”.
Spong argued that Jesus could say “I and the father are one” only because he was inviting his disciples “to enter a mystical reality of divine human oneness.”
During his first meditation, Spong quickly targeted the church’s historic councils and creeds. Charging that the Council of Nicea turned on an unintended and very literal reading of John, the Episcopal bishop asserted that the Nicene Creed was a “radical distortion of the Gospel of John.”
Read the rest there.