Repent from your sins?

Dale A. Arnold

Repent from your sins?
Monday, August 31, 2015

"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!"
 But what is meant by this word repent? Is it a simple call to just stop doing bad shit?

Or is Jesus calling mankind to something transformative/ revolutionary?  The Greek word used in the new testament translated into repent is  metanoia. 

The meaning is to have a change of mind. metanoéō (from 3326 /metá, "changed after being with" and3539 /noiéō, "think") – properly, "think differently after," "after a change of mind"; to repent (literally, "think differently afterwards")." Think differently afterwards".

Is it possible that Jesus was calling mankind to rethink the way we are, our way of "running" the world. Our very way of dealing with our fellow man? Our view of Father God?  Our love of money and the things it brings. Rethink our social structure? Not just the simple stop lying, cheating, stealing or killing? For in rethinking "repenting" would not all of these "sins" fall away? Was he calling for the current world order to be vanquished?

What kind of crazy radical was this  rabbi? What? You want us to change "rethink" the whole world? Scrap all our systems of governance?

I think his answer to this question is a very simple  yes. But he wanted to do it one heart at a time. Jesus was gotten rid of because he was a threat to the religious and the political order of his day. You see they understood what he was calling for would lead to their loss of power. I mean just like today they had a great thing going. Was he calling for a revolt? An armed insurrection? No. But his words were like an armed insurrection. His words were a very danger to their power! When water becomes contaminated we just don't skim the surface of the waters. We have to do some very costly deep long time cleaning.

Repent is not the cleaning of  easy muck you find on the surface of the contaminated waters. It's not the low hanging fruit that is easy to pick. Could the church be so wrong in thinking Jesus was calling for people to do the superficial easy shit? Getting people to "repent" of the surface shit is like giving someone an aspirin for the flu. It will treat the symptoms of the flu. But will not get to the root cause of the flu.

Repent is to Rethink all we have been taught and that is ingrained in us! What it is not is the hamster wheel that the church has created where you "sin" then repent. Sin and repent again and again and again. Which only serves to empower the hold that religion has on mankind! If Jesus was calling us to the act of just not doing things that are not good, What is the difference from him and all the other religious teachers?