Thomas Jefferson was a Christian? Many say he was not... but he did what many do; use the bible and select what he wants from it. His form of Christianity was certainly a "cut and paste" as he LITERALLY cut passages he liked and created his own version.
I believe the bible is not "agenda" driven by those who wrote it... I do believe letters and sections were written for specific audiences... but apply to us all. I believe in the miracles, virgin birth, resurrection, etc... but much of the essence of how Jesus wanted us to live are in Thomas Jefferson's version.
I'm not saying we should cut and paste like Jefferson, BUT he carefully read through and thought about the bible. I admire that. He searched and came up with his version. On one hand, as a Catholic, I find huge problems with this, BUT, on the other hand I admire his searching for truth... (I don't want to debate this issue, I'm just stating what I think)
Many "so called" Catholics (and Protestants) do what Andrew Sullivan noted in the attached article: "What does it matter how strictly you proclaim your belief in various doctrines if you do not live as these doctrines demand?" This is a thought that has been going around in my head lately, life-long Catholic that I am.
Here are two articles regarding Thomas Jefferson's "cut & paste":
I do find Andrew Sullivan's article troubling. But it made me think about my Christian faith and whether I have taken responsibility to KNOW it on a personal level.
In order to "Live the Message" we need to know what that means individually, and not worry so much about what others think of our journey. The important thing, as I see it, is that we take a journey and search for answers to our questions.
Happy Easter, everyone.