"There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood
by those who hear it." - William James
Subversion of Christianity
The following quotes were taken from : Jacques Ellul, The Subversion
of Christianity, Wm. B. Erdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI.
"There is not just contradiction on one point but on all
points.....There is not just deviation but radical and essential
contradiction, or real subversion." p. 3.
theory and practice
"We have to admit that there is an immeasurable distance between all
that we read in the Bible and the practice of the church and of
Christians." p. 7.
"We have said, and we shall show at length, that Christian practice has
constantly been a subversion of the truth in Christ." p. 11.
freedom of God
"There is no good and evil above God that even God is bound to apply."
"A Christianity that has fashioned a morality—and what a morality!—the
most strict, the most moralistic, the most debilitating, the one that
most reduces adherents to infants and renders them irresponsible, or, if
I were to be malicious, I should say the one that makes of them happy
imbeciles..." p. 17.
"God's revelation has nothing whatever to do with morality. Nothing.
Absolutely nothing." p. 69.
"He puts us on guard against seeking any authority other than that of
the Holy Spirit." p. 21.
"The cult of the Virgin flourishes under the repression, veiling it and
giving men a good conscience. The cult of the Virgin does not prove
that women were placed too high. The exact opposite is the case. It
plays the role of an ideology and conceals the mechanism whereby women
are despoiled, treated as minors, and negated. The model is perfect
because it is unique. Because no other woman can approximate it, all
others, in the name of the Virgin's excellence, must be reduced to
tutelage. Yet the cult of the Virgin serves to show in what high
estimation woman as such is held. We have here the well-known mechanism
of the ideal whereby the more perfect the model is, the more it
authorizes the rejection of the concrete." p.34,35.
what is sacred
"Humanity alone is 'sacred'. Human life is the only reality that has a
status above that of "created things." p. 56.
exegesis there is in fact no purely scientific procedure; there is a
choice of values."
Well, Jaques Ellul makes it clear how he feels that true Christianity
has been almost totally subverted. No beating around the bush, no
mincing of words in the above quotes. These are remarkable insights.
The traditional God
The old God has the
character of a self-centered ruler who made us to serve Him, honor His fiat law, obey his
orders, and submit to his will since we are forever his creation and
property and He knows best. In contrast, the ideal creator's character would be that
of a sharer and a server, not a ruler, where his objective would be to
share everything with us and to serve US with the purpose of maximizing
our freedom and fulfillment.
The old God created us
in his image but he will always be transcendently beyond us as
sovereign, superior and supreme with his creative power, and will
always retain a position of power and control. In contrast, the ideal creator would be able to
create us in his image to be his equals fully—children
gods—not underlings or inferiors. He would intend and be able to
share fully with us everything that he has and no one would need
be in a position of control.
The psyche and personality of the old God
is alien, or trans/ultra human and beyond the fathom of human beings.
In contrast, the psyche or soul of the ideal God would be totally and only human, and not
other or alien in any way. Here is a question: What honorable and noble
parent would not want their children to surpass them in achievement and
The old God's "great"
truth is beyond human reason and understanding, and must be accepted a
priori and cannot be questioned since it cannot be demonstrated.
In contrast, the
truth about the ideal God would have nothing in it which contradicts the
facts, nor violates logic, nor transcends reason when we
understand the purpose of God. What is scandalous is that we don't
conceive of and demand that our "God" be logical and reasonable.
The old God designed
pure or true love to be indefinable and indescribable, or, if it IS
either defined or describable, it is done so in terms of some unreachable aspect
of God's character, and involves giving and sacrificing. In
contrast, the ideal
creator God would design Love to be sharing, and it would always
be a win/win situation whereby the personal pleasure, fulfillment and
gain in an interaction would be inherent, prominent, perceived and
While it is true that modern Christianity in the Western world has
succumbed to the moderating influence of humanism by shifting the
emphasis away from legalism, hellfire and damnation, these are still
there lurking beneath the surface. These dark, grim, negative aspects
have many times been replaced by the softer mysticism with its emphasis
on candles, inspirational lectures, uplifting choruses, meditation, and
the visualization of success and good things. However, none of this has
brought us a more stable, safe, peaceful, world. Not to mention
deliverance from the human condition.
God has a "great" chronologically predetermined plan of salvation where
salvation means to be accounted righteous and "marked in God's book" for
resurrection or translation at some later time. In contrast, the ideal God would not
have a chronologically determined agenda, but would make it so
salvation, which means nothing less than to be free from all lack,
pain, danger or harm of any kind, including that of the flesh,
would be imminently available. He would have an easy, simple,
and spiritual way to achieve the entire package of what we legitimately want
and need. .
The old false God is that of the Old Testament; the new false God is
that of the New Testament, because both are fashioned on a
mythological foundations or paradigm of God. Neither of these justly nor adequately reflect the character and
message of Jesus.