skylarkyu (from my channel page):
Hi, this is the best series I have ever seen. The episode on Spong resonated a lot with me. I was just wondering if you consider yourself a Christian in the sense that Jesus (the man, with no theistic implications) was seemingly the first human to create a mass societal movement based in positivity, compassion etc and being a Christian is simply a reflection of a person trying to emulate these ideals? Perhaps in the way students of Psychiatry might thing of themselves a ‘Freudians’ or ‘Jungans’.
When I first learned his positions, I identified not only with Spong’s position on Jesus and being a Christian, but also on retaining a reformed concept of God.
After years of reflecting on those ideas, I have decided that they both still just give too much primacy to Jesus and the concept of God. There have been too many amazing people throughout history to claim that Jesus is THE quintessential model for human behavior. While his ideas were revolutionary at that time for that particular Mesopotamian culture, they are far from advanced enough for human beings now.
Jesus’ ideas simply aren’t advanced enough to evaluate the effects of human behavior and attitudes on a global scale, such as how individual homosexual children as a group are affected by a global change in the perception of homosexuality.
Another example of a situation that Jesus’ ideas aren’t advanced enough to fully evaluate is abortion. Most Christians simply cite the commandment to not kill, because this is the extent of what Jesus was cognitively able to address in his time, when safe abortions were not even possible. This ignores the possibility of increased suffering both for an individual child and its parents, for parents who are not ready. It also does not address the issue of overpopulation and how it creates increased suffering for the entire world by overburdening our natural resources.
These are just two examples of how Jesus’ ideas about morality aren’t advanced enough for the modern world and there are many more.
Promoting Jesus as the archetype of human thinking will ultimately hold us back from seeing the best possible changes we can make in ourselves, which are far beyond what he was able to achieve so long ago, before modern advancements in culture, thought, and technology.