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The Joy of Heresy and the Art of Doing It Well

Updated on January 10, 2010

If Jesus was truly human...

...then he was just like me, like you, like Buddha, like Krishna, like Muhammad. All of us equally challenged by the vicissitudes of this life!
...then he was just like me, like you, like Buddha, like Krishna, like Muhammad. All of us equally challenged by the vicissitudes of this life!

Sheepwalk: The practice of following blindly

Heresy: Unorthodoxy; any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position. A belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion.

Heresy is my very favorite word and I do everything I can to make sure I practice it well…and with regularity. Am I the only one? I think not.

All of the religions of the world have groups within them that could be accurately called heretics. Many Catholics roundly criticize the heresy known as the Assumption of Mary. And, since the Vatican supports this dogma, those who call it heresy are themselves called heretics. (The Assumption of Mary is not Biblical, as most Catholics and all Protestants know.)

The Holy Rollers are called heretics by the conservative Protestant churches. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are called heretics by almost all of the rest of Christendom; so are the Mormons. Methodists are verging on heresy if you’re a Southern Baptist. And Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and all the other Orthodoxes have their lists of heresies as well.

Islam calls many of its own followers heretics. Sunni against Shiite against Sufi. The rest of us are simply infidels.

And many Hindus are looked upon by other Hindus as heretics, especially if one tries to crawl out of the caste into which they have been cast!

Funny thing is, even if you come out from among them, declare yourself a heretic, ultimately you become part of just another group called orthodox heretics.

But you probably won’t do that. You’re comfortably ensconced in your tidy little belief system, following the rules or feeling guilty when you break them. Or perhaps bellowing that you no longer believe, but you know you really do. In fact, the louder you are, the angrier you are, the more rebellious you are, the more we know that you still are trapped in the old orthodoxy.

There’s only one way to be a true heretic. Question everything. Religion, education, government, even, and maybe especially, science. They all have their agendas. And they usually don’t care about yours.

One final piece of advice: Turn off all news. You’re not getting any real info anyway. It’s all done for ratings. Bottom line. Nothing else.

Heresy. It’s not easy. It’s not for everyone, especially the faint of heart.

To question everything, then, is the beginning of freedom.

Heresy is a calling.


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    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      7 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      What does it take to be a good Christian?

    • hanging out profile image

      hanging out 

      7 years ago

      Thats part of the problem too. People want the easy way out. Can we fast food this salvation and jesus christ thing? NO. Well then call me a heretic. lol

      Shame. There is a truth but, doggone it you're gonna have to want it. Instead of being the best christian i am always amazed at how many just turn around and become the best heretic or atheist. Are they the same just a different coat?.

      I find it odd that people who can't do, point fingers and yell, i disbelieve. This only covers up the fact that they couldn't do. It seems a new cover up is on the frontier, the i love heresy movement. Just more words to hide the truth about not being able to do.

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      It's an interesting concept: In order to go to heaven, you must believe that Jesus is your saviour. Is that all? Not quite. You must also believe in a literal devil who is trying to steal you away from Christ. If you only believe the first part, then you are lost.

      Jesus and the devil must be accepted together. You can believe in Jesus all you want; you can believe in God all you want. But it matters not if you don't believe in Satan. Satan, then, becomes the real power here. He is the true linchpin. Without him, there is no need for Christianity. He is the Christian's only hope. He is the one who keeps the church doors open. He is the one that they fall down and worship by holding him up equal with Christ. No? Then let him go, Christian. Do not continue to serve him by giving him your allegiance, which you do by continuing to hold him in your mind as a real being. End your relationship with Satan. End your need to keep him deep in your heart. He has been the delusion that has scared you all of your life. Even these word scare you because you can't possibly let go of him. He is your true salvation. If not, then let him go.

      Therein lies your true freedom.

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      Debra Allen 

      8 years ago from West By God

      Riuchard is good at being a stirrer and I am right there with him. I have been called Satan by a religiou person and also Satan because I don't believe in their Satan. If one does not believe in Satnan then how can one be Satan--it's their idiotic logic I suppose. I ask questions and get rifted about it, and I am a woman who asks questions and get riffted becaue a woman is supposed to bow down in front of a man and is lesser than what man is--although now the Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the mother of God.....interesting twist in the last few years....hmmm

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Heresy is what has moved humanity forward. If you look closely, heresy is still doing its job. It is rigidity, especially in religion and politics, that keep the world in a state of unrest and violence. Heresy in most of its forms will, I believe, ultimately save the day. Even corporate biggies like Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie were originally heretics. Then they became greedy. New heretics came along to take their place, then became rigid. Time to start it all over again.

      Thanks for your comments.

    • tonymac04 profile image

      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I too like heretics! Heresy is necessary for human progress. Heretical thought is absolutely necessary, if there can be such a thing as an absolute!

      Love and peace


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      Tom Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      I do relate to this hub. I was called a heretic a short time ago by a "RELIGIOUS" person. I have always thought of religion as God's way to keep people busy so he could nap occasionally. I had my kids plant Cheerios once and told them they were doughnut seeds...kept them busy for a couple of hours.

      The kids were a little mad at me because I lied to them but they learned a valuable lesson.

      "Doughnuts don't grow in gardens and question everything people tell you....even dad." :)

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Stirrer, indeed. It's my calling in life. Those of the Status Quo hate to be stirred so sometimes I shake 'em. Read more Hubs here. You'll get the full picture.

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      8 years ago

      Let us all unite.

      The organised church hates us folk who don't folloow blindly and have a questioning nature. I found no minister etc who could answer satisfactorly my questions.

      Richard you wouldn't be a stirrer by any chance??

      Keep up the good work or keep The faith Brother!!


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