The New Interpretation of the Scientific Information Gospel

 

Have you heard about the Information Gospel? -- Will this day mark the beginning of a new world for you?

What if?

What if the history of western civilization is based on a mistake?

What if the Gospel message is not about morality or the moral law of God?

What if the Gospel message provides us with important information?

What happens if you study the New Testament based on the supposition that it is a scientific message, a statement of factual information, rather than the rules of a stern and emotional God whose purpose is to reward good behavior and punish bad behavior? There are many Gospels. Critics of the Christian Bible say that you can read it and interpret it any way you want to. Well, people can interpret anything they read any way they want to. But the teachings of Jesus say something important. That is why the Gospel has had such a profound influence on so many people through the ages, and also why it has caused so much trouble, just as Jesus predicted it would. The five main interpretations of the Gospel message are the redemption Gospel; the social justice Gospel; the exclusive salvation Gospel; the prosperity Gospel; and the information Gospel.

1) The redemption Gospel. This is the interpretation most familiar to church members, Christian clergy, and those who feel strongly that they are self-identified as Christian. This interpretation is that Jesus died for the sins of humanity. Through his life and teaching and his suffering and death we are redeemed. Being redeemed by Jesus, we are able to join God in heaven after we die, if we are good enough and pass the moral test.

2) The social justice Gospel. This interpretation is also familiar to many church members, Christian clergy, and some who identify themselves as Christian. This interpretation emphasizes that the core of Jesus' teaching is about justice, about justice in human relationships and the marketplace and in the government and courts of law. According to the social justice Gospel, Jesus taught and practiced an extreme form of equality and equal rights and fairness to all, and we are expected to strive to do the same.

3) The exclusive salvation Gospel. This is the interpretation that has been propagated by the Roman Catholic Church and several other Christian denominations. The interpretation emphasizes that an individual can be saved and blessed by the love of God only by joining the Christian Church, or even more exclusively, only by joining a specific Christian denomination, such as Southern Baptist. These churches are often called "conservative" or "fundamentalist," and they usually argue that the content of the Bible, which is known to have been written by humans, is the word of God and cannot contain any errors. This is an impossible statement, because written or spoken words can always be produced with errors. The person writing or speaking can make a mistake. The exclusive salvation Gospel means that anyone who is not a Christian, and anyone who has not accepted Jesus as the savior of humankind, cannot receive the love of God and be admitted into heaven after they die. This interpretation can also be called "salvation by membership," because it states that membership in a particular group or institution is the only effective path to salvation from sin and punishment in hell.

4) The prosperity Gospel. This interpretation suggests that the Bible tells us good people will "prosper" which can be interpreted to mean simply that they will have a good life, but in this interpretation the meaning of "prosperity" is practically the same as being rich or wealthy. The inverse is also supported by this interpretation -- a bad person will not prosper, meaning will not be successful or wealthy. The reasoning in this interpretation is often circular, meaning that those who believe and promote this interpretation will argue that if a person is rich, that is evidence that they are good, and if one is poor, that is evidence that they are bad.

5) The information Gospel. This interpretation is new and has evolved through hesitant and unorganized steps during the twentieth century. There is a logical connection between the information Gospel and theories that most or all ancient encounters with gods or deities were in fact encounters with a superior species of intelligent being. If one interprets visions of gods and inspirations from gods as communications from superior beings, then it makes more sense to interpret those communications as being informative rather than some kind of moral commands. But that does not mean one has to abandon a belief in God or in a living spirit in order to explore the information Gospel. Since the core concept of the information Gospel is that the message is scientific information, or important facts about the human condition, this interpretation does not require or restrict one's thoughts or beliefs on what is the source of the message. That is left for the individual to resolve for themselves. The focus of the information Gospel is on what the Gospel message really says and is it credible and consistent with our own body of scientific knowledge. The Christian churches and clergy have not publicly expressed any support for or engaged in any discussion of the information Gospel. Only one denomination associated with the Christian religion, the Unitarian-Universalist Association, publicly acknowledges that they use science in formulating their religious faith and spiritual practices. Other Christian churches maintain that there is a clear and firm separation between religious or spiritual reality and physical or scientific reality. The information Gospel supports the concept that there is no real separation between science and religion. Both are methods of searching for the truth; both are based on the faith that we can learn from experience and thought, and by our own efforts we can understand who and what we are; both religion and science are intended to support and improve human life.

The reconciliation of science and religion is a concept and an ongoing process in the life of the human species. Some people argue that it cannot be right or can never happen. Those opposed to this reconciliation, or who do not believe it is possible, argue that religion and science are two separate ways of knowing and cannot be joined together. The information Gospel argues that they can and must be joined together in order for the human species to survive. The information Gospel, which teaches that the original Gospel message was intended to provide us with important facts about who and what we are, is a reconciliation of science and religion. One who understands and believes the information Gospel views religion and science as joined together and inseparable, each supporting the other, each contained in the same mind and same person, both sustaining the continuing search for the whole truth of what is and what shall be. The information Gospel teaches that the reconciliation of science and religion is a task that can and must be completed by individuals, by groups and organized institutions, and by the entire human species. And that all this is included in the teaching found in the New Testament Gospel, and is entirely consistent with our body of modern scientific knowledge.

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The remainder of this website is about the Information Gospel. -- The narrative continues following the image links below:

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. . . Why did Jesus say the kingdom of heaven is like a farmer who throws seed everywhere?

. . . Why did Jesus say that the kingdom of heaven is like the smallest seed that grows to become the Tree of Life?

. . . Who taught evolution first?

. . . Will you take the oath of the Religion Teacher Peace Treaty? From Chapter Twelve: "Learning About Religion," in The Primacy of Stewardship.

How does one discover and explore the Information Gospel ?

The early Christians projected their obsessions with morality and traditional religion, heaven and hell, reward and punishment, onto Jesus' parables, which were intended to teach important scientific facts. The early Christians added the redemptive and exclusive salvation Gospels to Hellenistic (Greek) religion that included colorful stories of gods above and demons below, a reward by the gods after death or a punishment by demons after death. Thereafter, the history of Christianity is a continuous series of thefts and acts of destruction, thefts of ideas, holidays, literature, history, holy places, and thefts of territory by means of war and political alliances. From the year 300 through 1600 and possibly later, the Catholic authorities destroyed the historical and scientific records of the Egyptians (Alexandrian Library), the Celts, Pagans and Aztec, Incan and Mayan civilizations in an effort to erase any information, historical or scientific, that might be in conflict with the redemption and exclusive salvation Gospels. According to the teaching of Jesus Christ, this kind of cynicism, hypocrisy and authoritarian behavior cannot and will not be forgiven. To deliberately conceal the truth from the people is an unforgivable offense that Jesus described in his discussion of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

My mission is to teach the Informational Gospel.

To see the science in the Gospel message, one needs to set aside and overcome one's childhood indoctrination and explore a deeper level of doubt. The three main concepts taught by the Informational Gospel are:

1) Survival of the Good Steward is survival of the fittest.

2) Serious democracy requires serious equality.

3) The truth is the same no matter whence it came.

Indoctrinated beliefs versus clearing one's mind and seeing with new eyes:

1) Jesus is God, and is the Creator God, and he died to redeem us, as expiation for our sins, versus: Jesus is not God, not the Creator God or son of the Creator God; Jesus is a moral philosopher like Socrates or Buddha. -- Cannot be settled by reasoning or research.

2) People have a soul that lives after the body dies, either in reward or punishment, versus: There is no heaven and hell, no conscious life after death of the body. -- Cannot be settled by reasoning or research.

3) The Gospel message is the moral law of God. versus: The Gospel message is not about morality or moral philosophy, but is the attempt of a great teacher to convey a scientifically factual message about who and what we are, to provide useful information, to tell us what we need to know in order to survive and thrive as a species. -- Can be settled by reasoning and research.

The scientifically valid content of the Gospel message is accessible to anyone who uses the two principles and five questions:

A) The Gospel message is about scientific facts, not about morality.

B) The purpose of the Gospel message is to tell us what we need to know, what we need to know in order to survive and thrive as a species.

1) What is the kingdom of heaven?

2) What is the main theme or main idea conveyed by the parables?

3) Why are there so many parables about good servants and bad servants?

4) What do all the good servants have in common?

5) What do all the bad servants have in common?

Perform this experiment yourself, as I did, study the New Testament Gospel and take notes to record your answers to these questions, or read The Primacy of Stewardship: The Handbook for Christians Who Believe in Democracy. (Book Information) .

How does one set aside and overcome one's childhood indoctrination and become free to explore the deeper level of doubt? What do you have to do in order to see and hear the scientific message in the Gospel parables? The answer is: You have to expect to see and hear science; you have to let go of the irresolvable debates over the identity of Jesus and the question of life after death. Which option of the following five seems most credible to you?

One: Jesus alone, a charismatic person, healer, and profoundly wise philosopher, who delivered the Gospel message alone.

Two: Jesus not alone, but still a charismatic person and profoundly skilled philosopher and observer of human behavior, who by himself but with a special educational and training experience, delivered the Gospel message.

Three: Jesus not alone, as in #2, but further, thirdly, the body of knowledge he came to master -- the message -- was not the result of any single ethnic or national tradition or sect but was in fact the accumulated record of wisdom and knowledge from the Gnostics and Greeks and Mediterrenean and Eastern cultures representing a collection of the universal wisdom and knowledge of humankind to date.

Four: Jesus was a messenger from a superior extraterrestrial humanoid species that was sent on a mission to provide the human species with important information.

Five: Jesus was God, or the Son of God and the Holy Spirit in a Holy Trinity, and in any case Jesus was essentially the "incarnation" of the divinity that created the universe, and delivered the Gospel message.

A Course of Controversy in Science and Religion

1) Elaine Ecklund, Science vs. Religion. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Research on actual religious views of scientists, and religionists and the general the public.

2) Francis Collins, The Language of God. Free Press, 2006.

A respected scientist states and defends his religious convictions. DNA is the language of God.

3) Graeme Taylor, Evolution's Edge. New Society Publishers, 2008.

Research based discussion of environmental damage and climate change. Our survival requires economic change.

4) Mark Lynas, Six Degrees to a Hotter Planet. [Kindle] Harper Collins e-books, 2011.

Research based discussion of climate change and point of no return.

5) Rob Bell: Love Wins. Harper One, 2011.

A [fundamentalist?] evangelist who defends social justice and equality.

6) John Manimas, The Primacy of Stewardship. J Manimas Publishing, 2008.

The author discusses evidence that the Gospel describes evolutionary science and the principle of good stewardship as scientific fact and not just moral philosophy. The only book devoted to the description and defense of the information Gospel.

7) Catherine Cory, David Landry (editors) The Christian Theological Tradition, 2000 (University of St. Thomas, a Roman Catholic liberal arts university).

8) Janine Benyus, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, 1997 - Kindle.

Describes and defends molecular science as good science and the most promising, rational path away from the destructive practices of the industrial revolution.

9) Vine Deloria, Jr. God is Red. Fulcrum, 1992.

Best critique of Christianity ever written.

Copyright 2012, John Manimas Medeiros

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