The standing, structural proof that Christianity was intended to be an inclusive religion is that two-thirds of our Christian Bible is, in fact, the Jewish Bible! Why don’t more people see this obvious message?
Further, our entire Bible is filled with stories, metaphors, images, and even names for God that were taken from pre-Jewish religions, pagan sources, secular history, and Greek philosophy. We are more exclusionary than the Biblical writers were! As Paul says to the Athenians, “You already worshiped God without knowing it” (Acts 17:23).
Any myth of a “pure,” single, and unadulterated source for divine revelation is a pure myth itself! Yet naïve Christians still want to make their recent version of Christianity totally exclusionary and elitist in relationship to all other revelations of God. This is untrue to their declared history, sources, and theology.
When we are true to our Jewish sources, Jesus himself is easily seen as an inclusive Son of God (inviting us to join him there!), and not the exclusive Son of God that we made him into. It seems we found it much easier to worship him than to imitate him.
— From unpublished notes
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