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Chaplain Mark Schmidt

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Re: Chaplain's Chat
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2020, 05:29:47 pm »
If all of us are honest as theologians, we must admit we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the perception, acceptance, and view of the bible, the church, and the Christian religion.  As more of the 20 and 30-year-olds move into leadership positions in religion, they bring a different view that is driving this shift. 

I know many I speak with and when in seminary, spoke with, in that age bracket felt that Christian, as it has been present, is no longer in sync with their faith and belief.  Yet in conversation it was obvious we are speaking about the same things and we have the same beliefs.  It was apparent to me at least that it was in the execution and the understanding.   This shift is forcing all Christian denominations from Catholics to evangelicals to review what they are doing and how they are doing it.

So is religion as we know it facing extinction in its present form, or as my son put it, committing suicide because of its rigid adherence to 500-year-old dogma?  I think we are.  We can present a more current message without sacrificing faith and belief as we believe Jesus was teaching us.    To many of us have strayed from the root messages and teach to further a denominations agenda or a personal agenda that has little to do with faith and belief.  THIS HAS TO CHANGE.  If it does not we will be on the trash heap of history.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

George Orwell
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