To the tune of Jesus Loves Me: “If God were real he would love you this I know; for the bible tells me so; though you can’t trust what the bible says in any actual sense because it assumes God is real. La la la.” Like my jingle?
How about this one to the tune of Heresy:
“God is for me not a being but a word for what can happen between people. Someone says to you, for example, ‘I will not abandon you’, and then makes those words come true. It would be perfectly alright to call that [relationship] God.”
Only this quote is a tune not sung (mockingly) by me, but is a direct quote by Klaas Hendrikse, a Lutheran pastor in the Netherlands who wrote a book called “Believing in a God who does not Exist”.
The church authorities have decided not to discipline Hendrikse and, in a letter written to denominational congregants, write “People have debated the issue of Gods existence throughout time.” Now keep in mind that this is a CHRISTIAN CHURCH – A PROTESTANT CHURCH – A LUTHERAN CHURCH!
According to the April edition of Christianity Today, Hendrikse “claims in his book that he believes in the idea of God but not in the existence of an actual God”. How does Hendrikse preach the Gospel: the life, death and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ? Did Christ rise from the dead as Paul says? How does Hendrikse pray? Does he pray? Why does he pray? How does he council? How can be claim to be a Christian of any shape or form?
Can an asteroid claim to be a dog? Can a fish claim to be a tree? Can a car claim to be man? (As a side note, look at how happy he looks? Isn’t that a face who knows the joy of the Lord – oh wait, the Lord doesn’t exist.)
What would Paul say if this was going on in a Church he planted? Never mind debating his pastorate, this man would swiftly be handed over to the devil – whether Klaas believes in the devil or not!
Out of respect Mr. Hendrikse, if for nothing else then at least out of self-respect and a sense of human courtesy, you ought to resign your post and stop calling yourself a Christian! Something you are not, unless we throw language to the dogs where words mean nothing. Except even dogs know that certain words mean what they mean! Even mature dogs know “sit!” does not mean “piss”. But you Mr. Hendrikse have made the word “Christian” to carry less meaning then the word “sit” for a dog.
These are strong words – but I am absolutely baffled! Would Paul or Jesus have kind words for such a man? I do not believe so! Keep in mind, this is a man who does not claim to be on the outside of Christ – he claims to be a “Christian” (and a Christian leader to boot). Jesus and Paul treated those who claimed to be followers of God, but who were certainly not, with the harshest words. And I don’t think either of them faced someone who claimed to be a follower of Christ while simultaneously denying his existence (no God means no historical and real resurrection which means no living Jesus).
An article with details can be found here.