As I have tried to explain before in my essays, Faith Deconstruction is exactly that - demolition. Yes. We have to examine the house we are currently living in, not so we can remodel it, but so we can realize that it is not where we really want to live. So, both John Baptist and Jesus preached “repentance.” That is to say, after some self-examination, do you really want to remain in your crappy old house, or do you turn to a Real Estate Agent to find a brand new home for you? From the outside, the remodel might look good at first, but it’s still the same old, same old.

The Gospel of Jesus isn’t a remodel or “deconstruction” of the old you or your old beliefs. It is a brand new construction in a brand new neighborhood.

Faith Deconstruction has an implicit danger (“present but not consciously held or recognized” - Merriam Webster). What are you going to reconstruct your faith with? What tools will you use? What materials are you considering? Might you end up in a condition as Jesus explained, with “...the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” - Mathew 12:45b, NIV)

Faith Deconstruction sounds good at first, but after careful thought its guise of positivity falls away to reveal its sinful - that is “harmful” - true character. The remodel may cover up more serious problems with the house you’re living in.

Jesus offers “newness of life.”

Perhaps this Bible passage will make what I am trying to convey clear:

“Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’” - excerpt from John 3:1-21, NIV



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D L Henderson

Born 1950; HS 1968; Born again 1972; Cornell ILR; Steward, Local President/Business Agent; Husband, father, grandfather; winner/loser/everything in between