June 23-B, 2022


Clapboard Christmas 01 Oil Paint Rendered
Against Orthodoxy! In Praise of Heresy!
G.K. Chesterson said, 
"When Jones follows his Inner Light,
Jones follows Jones."

Of course.
As with everybody who follows anything.
Ask someone why they follow whom they follow.
Let's say their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
And they will give you the spiel implanted by Orthodoxy,
"Blah, Blah, Blah."

Ask them who says it is so,
and they will give you a long list
of saints and prophets and disciples and 
Blah, Blah, Blah."

Ask them who says that what all these people say
is so,
and they will give you another impressive list
of preachers and lay people who declare it to be so.

Ask them who says that what all of these witnesses
and believers say is so,
and they may give you scriptural proof that what
they say is so is so.

Ask them who says what the proofs say is so is so,
and follow this out to the end of the line,
asking of everyone they put forth as authorities
who know it to be so,
how they, themselves, know it is so,
and they will say they take it on faith.
Ask them how they know the validity of what they take on faith,
and they will say, "I know! I know in my heart it is so!"

When Jones says he follows his heart,
Jones follows Jones.

Allowing Jones to be everyone,
which Jones is in this regard,
it is clear that everyone is the authority
of their own declaration of what is authoritative.

We are the authority
by which we determine
what has authority for us.
WE are the one!

We observe and revere no revealed truth
that we do not declare to be worthy
of our observance and reverence. 

We are the sole authority
by which we live our life.
What we say is so is what we say is so.

Which, of course, is the very
heart and ground of heresy.

God is the God we declare to be God.
Who says that God is worthy to be served as God?
The people who serve the God they declare to be God!

We are self-led,

No matter what we say
about who said so,
we are the ones who say so.

Jones always follows his Inner Light.
Jones has no choice but to do so.



The Ghost Trees of Boneyard Beach 20 11/17/3013 Oil Paint Rendered — Botany Bay Historic Preserve National Wildlife Refuge, Edisto Island, South Carolina
We cannot help how we see things.
We cannot un-see the way we see things.
We cannot be talked out of or into
the way we see things,
not directly, intentionally.
But we can be influenced, 
if not controlled,
to see things the way we do.

What this amounts to is 
that we need to stop putting
so much stock in the way we see things.

It is just the way we see things,
and we have to realize that
before we take how we see things 
with such seriousness
that we put our lives,
or the lives of others,
at risk because of how we see.

It is irresponsible 
to allow the way we see things
to have an impact on 
how we treat ourselves
and one another.

It is only how we see things.
Do not take it seriously!
It has no necessary connection
with how things actually are.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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