I ended up sharing that I had put my simplification forward to other members of the church I was attending. These were members that knew their stuff. It seemed as though such a simplification simply went way over their heads, as I never really received much of a response from any of them. Maybe something along the lines of putting my faith in Jesus, you know, the good ol’ Christian invitation to understand what they understand.
I suggested maybe their beliefs were held up by the tangled web of scripture, where as I kept my eye on the source of the web during my studies. I didn’t want to end up as spider bait!
To clarify this metaphor, I focused on Jesus. The one that the web of scripture is built from. It is easy to get lost in the majesty and complexities of scripture, but if you understand the heart of where it is coming from, you can come to a more thorough understanding, even when translations and interpretations bring more questions than answers.
This is where my simplification of Christianity comes from. I welcome anyone and everyone to put it to the test. I hope it can help paint a more clear and concise picture of the ideas Jesus was truly presenting.