On my Facebook profile I list my religious beliefs as being Judaeo-Christian, American Indian and the Church of Baseball.
In the first respect, the New Testament is very largely based on teachings and prophecies from the Old Testament, The Torah being the five books of Moses along with the Histories from Joshua through Esther, the Poetry from Job through Solomon and the books of the Prophets Isaiah through Malachi.
I can not see how someone can claim to be a Christian and at the same time ignore the roots of their beliefs having come from the core of Judaism. In Matthew 22:37, when Jesus is asked which of the Commandments is greatest, he quotes Deuteronomy 6:5, which contains what Jews consider to be the “watchwords of (their) faith”.
I think it’s more of a sociopolitical divorce than a spiritual one.
As far as American Indian, it appears to me that so many people who truly believe in God as our Creator, Jews and Christians alike, seem to have a wanton disregard and lack of respect for His creation, our Mother Earth.
Again, sociopolitical. Our indigenous brothers and sisters don’t have much regard or respect for the rest of our social and political beliefs, but after what’s happened to them over the years, can’t blame them. All those pox-soaked blankets didn’t set us on the right path. But they do maintain their calling as stewards of the most glorious gift of His creations.
And then there’s Baseball.
Many of Life’s most important lessons became apparent to me between the foul lines. Too many people live their lives in foul territory or up in the stands just watching.
The most important lesson: I’ve seen more games won by a slap-shot single in the gap in the fifth inning that I have by a walk-off home-run with two out in the bottom of the ninth.
In addition to which, Baseball is God’s favorite sport: why do you think they used to schedule double-headers on Sundays?
Gave God something to do after church.