I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE
Before there was doctrine, there was Jesus.
Before there was
business, there was Jesus.
Before there was judgement, and then there was
It is my belief that Jesus is enough. dennis wheeler
It was in 2000 that I looked at the web as a coming forum that would be more affordable to me than publishing books. I thought of a proper name for a website that dealt with my Unorthodox ideas about my own Christian journey. I was led to register for the domain name UNORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY. Now, 15 years later as of this update, I am amazed when I look into the search engines and see so much of Unorthodox Christianity about the net, here and worldwide. I have done some minor redesigning with this version, but none of the philosophy has changed.
I may as well begin the controversy here.
In my opinion, throughout history, Organized, and what most people catagorize as Orthodox Religions, belief systems, and ideologies
have caused more misery and more sorrow to more people
than most if not all of mankinds nasty other inventions. For all of the good that individual Christians and so, so many individuals from any of the great variety of other religious banners do, under the direction of the organization that their given church has structured , has been less than positive.
Alfred Noble does not hold a candle to
organized religion. Gunpowder, nuclear weapons, military prowess, none hold the
destructive capability in their hands to the extent that organized and orthodox
religion has. This is why UNORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY became so important to me many
years ago. As a teenager, in the brashness of my youth, I read the red print in the concordance Bible that I had been given as a youth. In my readings I failed to find any of the judgementalness in Jesus that came out of the mouths of my "Christian" peers. Under the intense scrutiny of one's peers in any setting, I attempted to catagorize my personal religious belief system in the
context of the materials I had studied. I jokingly would refer myself as "I am a Buddhist Jew."
What I once approached with humor, I have come to recognize as more truth than fictionalization. The
longer that this web site has been in existence, the more I recognize that there
are many members of this system whom I never see and only sparingly hear from. The disappointment with Orthodox Christianity is
being replaced by many of us who do not think outside the box, we have
discovered the box, Unorthodox Christianity. Without the benefit of the rest of the Bible, the red print builds a very different belief system out of teachings of a carpenter's son from a small town in the middle East 2,000 + years ago.
After years of teaching Bible studies, leading discussion groups, preparing and presenting sermons as well as leading youth and adult study camps and prgrams, I have learned that Jesus was much more of a Buddhist than he would have ever been called a Christian by todays standards. As I recognized the inconsistencies between Jesus and Mainline Christians
I determined that I would in this forum publish what I believe, both in song and
in my writings. Today, that forum is possible through the wonder of the
internet. The writings are postings that I add to periodically. The
music will change once in awhile, and may only be snippets for now. Commentaries
will be found to be controversial and for many the word blasphemy will be tossed
Each link to the left takes you to a page of writings of
different variety, music, or poetry, or commentary on the days events. It may be
the Church of the Open Mind that is a collection of Random workday thoughts,
or Tidbits, the proverbials that have been taught to me by mentors over thousands of
years just within my frame of existing. The Writings and Sermons go more in
depth, and On Politics is more synicism than preaching.
You will find no building to go to, no crosses to buy or
offerrings to make. There are more than enough avenues for you to give money for
charity and I needn't be one.
Contact me with comments via the contact me page. Watch for
more posts periodically.
Enjoy the Unorthodox ministry that follows.
I look forward to welcoming you
into the Unorthodox Christian Church.
No buildings, no donations, just
Love One Another, Respect One Another, Expect the Best
from one another.
"Who you know is not as
important as how you treat those people whom you meet" dw
those who ask what I believe I say that I follow a Buddhist thinking Jewish Rabbi who is as radical today as he was
in his own time.