The Nuance of Christian-Speak

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I’ve been thinking… about the words we say in which we say it. When I say something, what do you hear? (Or, I guess write/read)

When I say inspired, what do you think I mean?

Or inerrant?

Or Literal?

What about when I say God? What is the first thing that pops into your mind?

Or Bible, Scripture, Text, Holy Writ, and Word of God?

Love? Love of God?

Jesus? Christ? Christ Jesus?

Christian?

When we use these words, how do you think others hear them?

What if I said that I believe that the Text was inspired? Or that I believe we need to interpret Holy Writ in the literal sense?

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14 Replies to “The Nuance of Christian-Speak”

  1. When I hear inerrant and Christian I think of Joel, and how perfect his edicts are.

    When I hear that the Text is inspired, I think of people who misspell Texas. Texas is inspired.

  2. >>When I say inspired, what do you think I mean?
    Brought into being in whole or in part as a result of external influence

    >>Or inerrant?
    Data (content) shielded from analysis or scrutiny to the point of a bizarre form of literary Stockholm Syndrome

    >>Or Literal?
    To be taken explicitly as written, with no allowance for figurative nuance.

    >>What about when I say God? What is the first thing that pops into your mind?
    If I answer this question honestly, my comment would require moderation

    >>Or Bible, Scripture, Text, Holy Writ, and Word of God?
    An arbitrarily-associated collection of historical writings with unclear and/or uncorroborated provenance used to enslave mankind for aeons.

    >>Love? Love of God?
    a. An emotional feeling that is manifest in one’s outward treatment of others. b. A myth.

    >>Jesus? Christ? Christ Jesus?
    A figure who may or may not have lived at some point in the past and who may or may not have done something vaguely intriguing.

    >>Christian?
    There goes the profanity filter again…

    >>When we use these words, how do you think others hear them?
    Depends on the listener. For many, the jargon of Christianity is gibberish; for others, it’s a hurtful trigger of painful past experiences… There are any number of ways Christians lazily hide behind archaic phraseology and jargon to mask their individual ignorance of the concepts they think they’re articulating.

    >>What if I said that I believe that the Text was inspired? Or that I believe we need to interpret Holy Writ in the literal sense?
    a. I believe you. “The Text” was inspired by millennia of cultural upheaval and shifting power structures. b. You’re sanctioning wholesale slaughter of millions/billions of erstwhile innocents over texts that will forever remain in hot dispute.

    I shall apply my favorite analogy here: If I were to go into a Christian book store, I could reasonably assume that the clerk bases their eternity on a document about whose origin he/she knows embarrassingly little or nothing, but requires two forms of photo ID when I write a check right in front of them. All the while, the clerk (and, conceivably, the shopper) remain blissfully ignorant of the inherent paradox.

      1. I did, and I as I noted on that site – you should look up the word liar as well, as see how close your statement on Jim’s site matches up to the definition.

        1. I don’t get it, Joel. I called Robert an “ignorant idiot” last week and you responded by “moderating” my comments. How is that a liar?
          Particularly when Robert obviously fits the description.

          1. Wow, this is great. Jeff is Harold and Harold is Jeff. And he wonders why I called him a liar…. Oh, and since ‘both’ were supporting the grave dancer…. ahhahahha this is a blast.

          2. Oops. Yeah, I’m Jeff, and harold, and anonymous, and a few other aliases. You never really know if anyone is who they say they are on blogs, do you?

    1. Really, Robert? The Love of God means ‘myth’ to you?

      Tell you what – what if Tony Perkins spoke about ‘the Love of God’ to you? Or David Vitter? Or Jerry Falwell?

      1. If any of those three shining examples of American Christianity dared try to tell me–in person–about “God’s Love”, I honestly can’t guarantee that I wouldn’t just go ape-um, poop and full-on lose it.

        Let’s take my friend Tony. He’s on the record with so much unfounded murderous villainy that it’s a wonder he hasn’t been lynched by his own people. Oh, that’s right, the sheeple buy into his utter b.s. without reservation.

        It speaks VOLUMES when the co-founder of the SUPER DUPER anti-gay FRC is getting “long-stroke” massages from a hot twink he “acquired” via RentBoy.com during their 10-day luxury vacay…

        Okay, mini-explosion now contained…back to the question…

        Tony and his ilk telling me that God loves me is a minor equivalent of telling a fat chick she has a good personality. The words are superficially polite, but the meaning is crystal clear–you’re super-ugly and I’d never ever give you the time of day except that we’re at church and the deacons are watching so I have to be at least somewhat nice.

        Imagine that from my angle. This profanity-hole wants to tell me God loves me!? Then why is his mission to make my life as miserable and marginalized as he possibly can?? Is that love? Yeah, inasmuch as the Nazis “loved” the Jews… Maybe that’s where being “loved to death” comes from?

        Disgusting.

        Seriously.

        As you well know, this whole line of thought creates such a violent visceral reaction that I can barely form sentences, let alone a cogent argument.

        Tony wants me dead or incarcerated. Literally. He’s playing in his Ugandan sandbox as we speak to incite a genocide of homosexuals over there so he can pull out the “best practices” from his butt-buddy Martin Ssempa. Crap. Can I say “butt-buddy” on here?

        The fact that Tony Perkins thinks about gay sex and being gay and what gays are doing more often than actual gay people should be a MAJOR pink flag for the rest of Christendom. But it isn’t. Why not???????

        And PLEASE don’t give me that “love the sinner, hate the sin” nonsense. That only applies to murderers, pedophiles, rapists, adulterers, liars and cheats–not us abominable law-abiding homos.

        OMG, I so need a nerve pill. Thanks a lot, Joel. 😀

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