We all are looking for what works. The tragedy is that we all know what works, and it isn't splashy enough for us. We want something else to work, and spend our lives trying to make something work that isn't going to work. And we know it, but maybe if we try harder... And here we are. Trying to have something we have no business having, because we don't want what is ours. Carl Jung said, "The greatest curse of the child is the unlived life of their parents." The parents' unlived life is the life they don't want to live because they prefer a different, better, finer life instead. Look around you. What you see, wherever you look is The Curse of the Unlived Life. What you see is the shadow-side of Better. The good is never good enough. "The Best is the enemy of The Good." And we want The Best, by God. Even God is not good enough for us. When God steps forth as Jesus, and Jesus declares, "The Father and I are one," we kill him because that isn't what we want in a God. We want a God who is God the way we want God to be God! "Love your enemies," "Love your neighbor," "Be a neighbor to all people, especially the poor non-white ones..." That is totally not what a God worthy of us would say. What we see when we look around is The Curse of the Rejected God. Or, as Jesus would say, "We are reaping what we sow." When our idea of God turns out to be not-God, we have to change our mind about God. And ourselves. And the life that is our life to live. It's called repentance. Repentance is changing our mind about what is important. Sin is being wrong about what is important. Repentance puts things right. All it takes is being right about what is important. History suggests that we don't have it in us to be right about what is important. Whether we do or not, time will tell. Knowing what matters is the only thing that matters. We all are looking for what works, and its right there. Right here. What's the problem?
The church was before the Bible. The Bible says what the church wanted the Bible to say. The church was before theology. Theology was the end of the church. What you do with this is your business. But. These are the facts. And if anyone would have you take something else on faith, it isn't faith they are selling, but fantasy.