New Harmony: Freshen, don't destroy, the old words and ways

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 22, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Saul of Tarsus changed the narrative considerably and in so doing probably went further than Jesus intended to go. The parable about not putting new wine in old bottles has been read by Christian apologists as calling for a complete break with Judaism. But Jesus wasn’t talking about Judaism at all. He was talking about his methods taking over for those of John the Baptist.

    Read in context, the parable concludes that old wine is actually better than new wine and putting new wine in new bottles preserves both old and new.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    May 22, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    "Think of how for thousands of years, people talked about 'sunrise' and 'sunset'...Then science showed that the sun was stationary. Its rising was an illusion caused by the earth spinning. But we didn’t re-invent all the words to suit science. We simply kept saying 'the sun is coming up' or 'the sun has gone down,' but with fresh insight. We still used the old ways of speaking."

    Yes, and as soon as the believers acknowledge that their "faith" is merely old ways of speaking, and they mean it MERELY as figures of speech, and Jesus and god take their proper place next to the Leprechauns, Santa Claus, fairies, and the Easter Bunny, then we will have accomplished something!

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    May 22, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Often times, like the Phoenix, it is best to tear down and burn the old corrupted structures and build anew.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 22, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    "....This new bunch of spiritual thinkers may, indeed, see the world differently, but the best don’t undermine what went before. They try to expand on it...."

    This thoughtful article brings to mind the metaphor Jesus used about seeing the red sky at dusk to know what kind of weather the next day would bring. Then he takes his critics to task by remarking on how they can read the sky but cannot read the signs of the times.

    Jesus differed with scribes and Pharisees on the law because he understood it better than many of them did. Instead of attacking the law, he quoted the scriptures to bring about change whose time had come.