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  1. Susan says:

    And the difference between a Caged Christian Life and the Cross?? I felt the wrath of the Church earlier in my life. I loved to enter the old churches in Europe for the architecture and feeling of Spirit/Peace. In Belgium, there was a curious looking church with some pews while the rest were chairs that sat very low to the ground. Upon a discussion with a friend, we concluded that the idea of a ‘Higher’ God was to be seen as definite control of the ‘masses’ (forgive the pun!) :DDDD

  2. elderyl says:

    I look at this and see that we limit Christ.

  3. nakedpastor says:

    yes elderyl… that’s what i see too… the monopolization of jesus by the church.

  4. Rob says:

    This may be my favorite of all that you have done. Religion is brilliant at building structures around its insecurities concerning the nature of God and the fear of failing a God barely known beyond denominational doctrine.

    This is not a bitter, wounded criticism; I am a pastor. I have known the need to control the lives of others within our church walls, so that my need to strive to perform to be acceptable to Him constrained many with my own love deficits.

    Religion can so limit our capacity to experience Him in what He is doing and saying right now, and keep us from knowing Him for ourselves. It’s not just keeping Him in the church, but more like the God in the Iron Mask; we don’t even know what He is truly like, and thought the person we’ve put on the throne does has power, it is angry, vengeful,controlling, paranoid, the very best that man can do without Holy Spirit. It is an idol that looks like us, not Him.

  5. Rob says:

    Oops- “though the person we’ve put on the throne does have”

  6. Sometimes it sure seems that way…not only do we put limits on Christ but we put lmits on eachother, and we are the Body of Christ.

  7. suhail qayyum says:

    i have a painting at home which i did 5 or 6 years ago of a figure standing behind golden bars of light the painting depicts i mysef as christ bringing to surface the ideas of cosmic conciousness to to the world around us there is great symmetry in the simplicity of both paintings if christ was alive today he might well be looking at the world though caged iron bars

  8. Steve Martin says:

    yeah…putting God in a box is what we do.

    But God is FREE! And because He is free, so are we.

    But, nope. We can’t have that. We just can’t be freed and then live our lives. We have to engage in spiritual navel gazing projects and self-absorbed “growth” projects.

    It’s enough to make you gag.

  9. Kim says:

    Pete Rollins addresses this stuff well in his book How (not) to Speak of God

  10. Ian says:

    The other side of the coin is that care, concern and loving actions are the common currency of life just one step beyond those bars above.

    Perhaps a particular idea of Jesus is restrained / imprisoned but there are all of these people, many of whom don’t know Jesus from a popsicle, who still care.

  11. Steve Martin says:

    Love, caring, and compassion are not Christian values (solely). Those are HUMAN qualities.

    Christ came that we might have life, and freedom…from the religious navel gazing, prop up the self, project.

  12. Julia says:

    That one’s worth one thousand words!