The word “truth” pretty much sums up the focus for JRMI.
All we want is the truth, in all of its beauty, and even in its often not-so-pretty details.
As we continue in our quest for truth, we should probably ask the all important question: What is “truth?”
The man who was entrusted with the weighty question of what to do with Jesus of Nazareth amid the maniacal crowds who called for his execution once asked this same question. (Luke 18:38)
In today’s world, there are many voices in the wind claiming to have the answer to this important question.
But who can we really trust?
Some say religion holds all of life’s answers, but anyone with a basic understanding of religion’s role in world history would quickly take issue with that idea.
Others say that truth can be found in philosophy or in a deep dive into academia.
Still others believe that truth can only be found by looking “within.” (That is, within our own beings.)
Then there are those who say that there is no singular truth. Instead, they say, truth is relative, or even unimportant in the real scheme of things.
Who is right? And how can we be sure?
If you have ever asked yourself those questions, welcome home.
JRMI.org is not simply a website. It is a community of real people, just like you, who are seeking answers to life’s most pressing questions. No one has all of the answers. Far from it. We believe that overconfidence in aimless dogma breeds religious tyrants. Each of us have been slammed by life and humbled too many times to not recognize that there is a divine mystery at work. Yet, it is amid that mystery that truth emerges.
One thing that we do share in common is that the truth that we are seeking begins with a man. His name is Jesus Christ.
We do not believe this because we have to. We refuse to settle for an answer to such a vital question to our own being based on someone else’s word.
The statistics speak for themselves. Most professing believers in Christ today do not really know what they believe, let alone why they believe it. Instead, their beliefs are really their pastor’s beliefs and their faith is their pastor’s faith. (Or their parent’s faith, etc)
As a community of truth-seeking individuals, we refuse to accept this status quo. We are not satisfied to go to church on Sundays, visit with friends, and pay off the pastor by tossing money in the bucket after he “performs” for us.
Instead, we approach this man, Jesus Christ, with a trembling hand and a deep and reverent fear.
If he is who he claims to be, then the answers that we are seeking cannot be far away.
We approach Jesus Christ personally and corporately through our teachings. We approach the stories about Christ, as found in the Holy Bible, not through the lens of children’s Bible stories where everyone lives happily ever after.
We approach the hard sayings of the Bible without fear of reprisal. In our teachings, we boldly confront the uncomfortable questions that many church leaders sidestep to save face.
Instead, we embrace the theological tensions that arise during our probings because we understand that they will not go away just because we attempt to ignore them.
Put simply, our teachings are not designed to get God “off of the hook.”
If this sounds like a community that you would like to become a part of, we welcome you, just as you are.
Let’s explore the depths of this man Jesus Christ and his sayings together.
Let’s re-read, or perhaps read for the first time, the stories of scripture that we think that we already know.
Many people approach scripture with preconceived notions and a head full of dogma that was injected into them by someone else. You will be surprised what the scriptures really say when you allow them to speak for themselves.
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