The irony is that such cold, frozen dogmatism, purporting to spread love and peace, has chronically galvanized denominational and geographical conflicts through the ages by these myriad doctrines. This goofy theological priest craft is founded on sectarian texts rife with moral and theological contradictions, texts that have evolved out of spurious origins from second century Episcopal councils made up of humans with a need to control the masses for their own good.
Having removed myself from the know-it-all cult, I feel a unique sense of pity, gratefulness and fascination at the freakish display of certainty found there. I suppose it is the herd and tribe mentality that characterizes folks from Salt Lake City to the Islamic Taliban - the need to be in a tribe of like-minded disciples who are terrified to journey into the Cosmos without an absolute religious lifeline.
No wonder Jesus chided Nicodemis for his love of educated religious darkness and for leading the duped masses into the abyss of pseudo-assurance regarding the character of the curiously silent deity. One has to wonder why God has quietly left all of this defining and defending of His Nature to so many men with such vast disagreements ranging over the centuries and continents.
If the God of Moses were meant to be frozen in humanly concocted religious confessions, or entombed in the libraries of bookish seminaries, surely He would have revealed His name as I WAS rather than I AM.
These cock sure assertions, arrived at through contorted scriptural machinations and hermeneutical gymnastics, are amusing and terrifying. Religious dogmatists, with Nicodemis as the patron saint, always prefer airtight theologies over the confession of humble ignorance in the pursuit of the Infinite Mystery which is to be experienced and more deeply revealed, not understood as a set of propositional statements.
Then these dogmatic Scribes and Pharisees go to war, emotionally or physically, for their inflexible wisps of fluff. They arrest and crucify anyone that challenges the theological party line. Jesus said to Nicodemis that the Pharisee's God was trapped in a book, and that in reality God was like wind, not ink and parchment. Spirit blows when and where and how it wills, and never according to a 3 volume theology or 2,000 year old catechism.
God hasten the day when we have a new Martin Luther who will help us finish thawing the iceberg of dogma created by Rome. The new iceberg is the Protestant's inerrant Bible. Their theological icecap has kept many evolving souls frozen solid.