A new study shows that every fifth pastor is an atheist.
They believe in God in “another form”, some of them say, and they don’t believe
in the Bible.
This has come forth in relations to a study made by the Danish
newspaper Søndagsavisen (The Sunday Paper).
During Christmas-time last year, the Danish church got in trouble
when pastor Per Ramsdal told Jyllands-Posten (The Jutland Post)
that he sometimes has to tell (what he calls) a white lie to people who’ve lost
a family member, because when he at the funeral tells them that they will be
reunited in Heaven, he doesn’t believe it.
The Sunday Paper contacted 1000 Danish pastors, and approximately 120 of them filled out the questionnaire.
26 pastors answered that they believed in God in another way than what is described in the Bible.
No one said they didn’t believe in God whatsoever.
Bo Kristian Holm, Professor of theology at the university of Aarhus, says that it is not a problem that there are agnostic or atheist pastors:
“The most important thing for a pastor is that he sees reason in what he preaches, and that he can
pass this reason onto others. It doesn’t really matter how he personally feels about concrete concepts.”
Three percent of the pastors admit that they preach stuff they don’t believe.
13 percent say “I don’t know”.
Personal notes from the citizen-journalist:
I once contacted the Danish church about spiritual advice, and they just ignored my email.
Because nowadays, churches are not where you love God, it’s merely public offices where
you go to get your name changed, etc.
I remember seeing (probably in 2010) an entire church staff (including the pastor) saying that
they didn’t believe in God on local tv (TV 2 Østjylland).
So there is truth to this. My younger brother told me that the pastor that prepared him for his communion is an atheist, and that the pastor spoke about that freely.
Which technically is honest when he admits it, but what is definitely not honesty is when you take
a job where you everyday preach stuff you don’t believe in.
Another thing is that I once followed a pastor on Twitter, who most definitely did not seem Christian.
He tweeted an individual, asking this individual to take a sneak-photo of someone at the supermarket and tweet it publicly.
Because the person had previously tweeted that something funny happened at the supermarket.
Actually I believe it was regarding someone’s pants, and that the pants looked like “something from the 80’s”.
The Bible says not to judge on appearance and looks, but I guess that didn’t matter to this “pastor”.
Nor did the golden rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
And I know he was a real pastor, because the church’s official Facebook page linked to his Twitter page.
This is the same pastor who had a booth at a festival mainly for teenage-kids, and at his booth,
he handed out condoms to the drunken festival-goes.
Now, the Bible does say “if a man is stupid, let him be stupid”,
and then in this case; the stupid man will have a condom, so he doesn’t get anyone pregnant.
But it just still seems shady to me and as a stupid attempt to be trendy and cool.
There are mixed opinions about this certain case, but as mentioned, it mostly seems like
a pathetic attempt to be hip and trendy.
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