Hipster Christianity?

English: A picture of a modern day hipster
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I saw a blogger post a Hipster Christianity quiz on Facebook.  What did I do?

Well, you KNOW I had to go ahead and take the quiz. — Do I qualify?

NO….

What? Thats right folks….It told me I was only moderately hip or something.  Can you believe those freakin guys? They said no….. Oh my…

As I was reading the questions I was tempted to take it again. I think I know now what the right answers would be to qualify me as a hipster, uh. religious dude.  Yeah…Thats me 🙂 Well…. Maybe..

That blog is really  nice over there.  I tried to subscribe but it doesn’t seem to work. I know he’s at the top of Google for his term.  I’m guessing the blog is to promote his book.

Hey man, if you stumble  by this post you should get your feed working.  I’d follow it. But then maybe a hipster is not so much into the “social networking” kinda thing.

Wait? He’s on Facebook too! Continue reading “Hipster Christianity?”

Caholicism, Protestantism, History and the Bible

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In honor of Fat Tuesday I thought I’d take a little study on Catholicism, Protestants. History and the Bible.

People go for many  years studying the Bible (sometime just  one version at that- KJV only )  Guess what?  – The Catholic Bible is NOT the same. It has all of the same books the protestant one  does, plus a few that the protestants took out..  Now what’s that about?

Then I heard that  Constantine ‘started’ Catholicism, uh….. that’s a newsflash.

I think folks may be  getting Constantinople and Constantine confused, Constantinople was a Roman Church hub in the early days. Sure, he was a big player in the Catholic Church, but he didn’t ‘begin’ it. And yes, these ‘books,’ (included) or rather, letters, were written before that time, along with scores of OTHER ones. Continue reading “Caholicism, Protestantism, History and the Bible”

How was the Bible Put Together? Catholics?

With my passion of the Bible and spirituality I have often wondered how the bible was put together..  With the permission of a close friend of mine I have taken the liberty to use some of her extensive research to consider this…  The Hip Opinion hopes you enjoy 🙂

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First let’s consider a few players in the drama…..

The Council of Nicene

The Council of Nicene was where the Emperor Constantine brought together a group of leaders and they decided ‘which’ letters and scrolls would be ‘the Bible’ and decided on the deity of Jesus. Around the year 400 or so.

The Council of Jerusalem

The Council of Jerusalem was an apostolic group that decided on the ‘rules’ of Christianity about 50 years after Jesus died, and THAT was the group that decided Gentiles could finally become Christians

Until then, even people who were Gentiles who ‘converted’ to Jesus’ way of thinking were then considered JEWISH. Yeah, several different sects, like Pharisees, Saducees and Essenes.  With me?

Its history right? Continue reading “How was the Bible Put Together? Catholics?”

Did Jesus Die on a Cross?

You ever heard the story that Jesus really didn’t die on the cross? I was waiting outside this coffee shop one time and had this conversation:

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Hey, how’s it going?
Oh pretty good.. I’m blessed today. (me)
Blessed? You believe in Jesus don’t ya?
Well sure, Uh.. Yeah..
I don’t believe in Jesus.
Hmmm? Uh….
See.. I know what really happened.
You do??

Let me tell ya a story:

Those guys’ back then in Iraq. They were monk’s and stuff. They were good at meditating and could put themselves into a deep trance.  You know what I mean?

They would get so deeply into a trance that it would literally mimic death.

See, that’s what Jesus did.

When he saw the coming horrifing death he came up with this plan. He was a young dude and starting to get famous but he was tired of the limelight.  So when they nailed him up he started meditating…And went into a deep trance.

They thought he was dead.

They took him down off the cross and put him in that rich guy’s tomb. He was all part of the plan you see.

Now, the diciples didnt’ know what was up. When they discovered what had happened they met with Jesus over at Peter’s crib.

They told him:

Jesus, if you don’t get the heck out of town right now they are going to cut your freakin’ HEAD OFF!

They snuck him off to Somalia somewhere and hid him out. He slowly assimilated back into society there and lived out the rest of his years.

You ever heard a story like that?

Hey, I’m quoting his story almost verbatim. Sure I used a little creative license but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.  It’s a strange world huh?

The Beatles – More Popular Than Jesus?

John Lennon told this reporter during an interview that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.  Well… people tripped.  Firestorm on bad boy John.

So, what about it?

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

Oh my… What are we gonna do about this? We got a problem folks.

Looks like this deal brought a lot of attention to Jesus actually. I was wondering if they are more popular than Jesus right now? Those cat’s are still very popular.  Their fan’s (followers?) are pehaps more closely followed than Jesus’s.

One day a emergent Christian leader posted “The Beatles had it right” on his facebook page wall.  What was he talking about?  I dunno.  My guess is he was referring to their message of love and peace.

Hey… I dig the Beatles, and I dig Jesus. Can’t we all just get along?

Lennon said he didn’t know which would go first. Rock and roll or Christianity.  But, they are both here to stay. Ya know?