No life after death. God does not exist. Jesus is a mythological figure.
Opinions from an atheist? No – from Dutch pastor Rev Klaas Hendrikse from the mainstream Protestant church in the Netherlands. ‘God is not a being at all… it’s a word for experience… the Bible’s account of Jesus’s life as a mythological story about a man who may never have existed …’
‘somethingism’, it’s called. Hendrikse’s church attracts people who don’t believe the traditional Christian faith and want the freedom to make up what they believe, a sort of pick-and-mix spirituality.
Now Hendrikse is perfectly entitled to his views. But tell me this: if a person who belongs to an atheist society announces that he now believes in God, what should he do?
Hendrikse’s views remind me of a a football ref. One day he says ‘I don’t think the ball is useful any more. Let’s take it away.’ Fine … but don’t call it football any more. It’s become something else.
In the same way, taking God out of the church, which is traditionally understood as the body of Christ, is all very well – but it is no longer the church, and Hendrikse is no longer a Christian believer.
He should either leave, or no longer call his church a church. Integrity is vital.