Maybe we need a new term for the Christian person – who doesn’t quite belong in the mainstream but still considers themselves a Christian…they are ‘aChristians’.
Okay it’s a play on the term ‘atheism’ – which according to Wikipedia can be defined as “can be either the affirmation of the nonexistence of gods, or the rejection of theism. It is also defined more broadly as an absence of belief in deities, or nontheism”
Isn’t aChristianity the rejection of some of the capital tenets of mainstream Christianity? Although we will affirm the existence of Jesus and God – this does not mean we have to affirm the core tenets of orthodoxy or some doctrinal statement.
We’re not quite Christian, in the most accepted sense of the word, so we are aChristian – this being our essence and meaning is derived from the Christian realm and although we display some opposition to many tenets of the faith – we realize our meaning also lies in those texts and faith in God (were not the same but we do share).
This is slightly comparable to how mainstream Christianity is ‘aJudaic’ – feels its connection to Judaism and derives meaning from that – yet refuses to be barely connected to Judaism. There are aspects of rejection and absence of beliefs within Christianity towards Judaism.
Now we have come full circle – aChristians – we reject and even deny some of the beliefs of the mainstream faith – we derive meaning from one another – yet we are quite different. How?
An ‘aChristian’ can believe:
- Jesus was not God (was the messiah)
- Jesus was not born of a virgin (this is not that important)
- Jesus’ stories contain some mythical aspects for the telling of the story
- The resurrection was an addition to the stories – more symbolic than literal
- The bible contains errors
- Jesus’ teachings are the focus of this faith
- There is no trinity
These are things a Christian cannot even imagine not believing – some of them scream bloody anathema! That’s why we need a new category – right ‘aChristians’ (wink wink).
Now Christians – stop being aJudaic and we can all stop being a-something’s or another 🙂