Episode67: Part 1: Is Polygamy Allowed in the Bible?
Today my special guest is former Pastor Raymond Harris and we talk about his deconstruction. The deconstruction of his faith and his beloved scriptures. Raymond went to Bible School to learn how to study the Bible and teach it effectively. He called himself a “logician” using logic and hermeneutics to interpret the “Word of God”
What do you do when someone in your congregation asks you if Polygamy was allowed in the New Testament? Well, listen to this two part series about questioning what you’ve always known.
If you grew up in the church, this conversation will be refreshing and eye opening. Questioning my faith and my programming was one of the most difficult things I have ever gone through in my life. It was scary and frustrating. It felt lonely and isolated from everything I had ever known. It’s hard to comprehend how challenging it is to have your whole world, everything you’ve ever known, come crashing down around you. Unless you have been a part of a fundamentalist religion, you have no idea how much bravery this kind of investigation requires.
I wanted to have a two part series really delving into the deconstruction process and what that looks like. I know that these kinds of conversations helped me so much when I was going through this difficult journey 15 years into my “perfect” Christian marriage.
Raymond still loves to study the Bible and quotes several verses during this enlightening conversation. He says, “I have navigated away from the professional business arena. I observe life, reflect, meditate, and participate in day-to-day life, primarily interacting face-to-face with individuals, providing personal, relational, and spiritual insights and general life guidance.”
Grab a warm mug of something yummy and get cozy. This is a long one but is so interesting. I hope you enjoy it and if you resonate with any of this, please reach out. It’s not easy to go through this alone. It’s why I do what I do. I am so passionate about Breaking Free Authentically. I thought it was a great way to end 2023.
Part 2 will come out next week then we will take a couple weeks off for the Holidays. We will be back the 2nd week of January with the episode I know you’ve all been waiting for, EPISODE 69!!!!
This would not be a sex positive podcast if we did not do something special for episode 69. I will be bringing back one of my hilarious guests for this episode. Stay tuned.
Are you excited to hear Part 2 where we talk about Designing your relationships in a way that is ethical and conscious for you. We have lots more to talk about so come back next week to hear the rest of the story and how polyamory fits into the story.
Oh, I thought you might want to know what the name of that book that I forgot was. It’s called “Unprotected Texts:The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire” by Jennifer Wright Knust. I will put a link in the show notes for you if you are interested in reading it. I highly recommend it.
What did you learn today? Did you relate to this experience? How many of you have left your faith or questioned your deep rooted beliefs? DM me. I’d love to know who you are. Let us know in the FB group. I’m here for you. If you are ready to really shift that deep rooted programming, I’m your girl. My 8 week program, Breaking Free from Conformity is for you!
You will learn to question what you’ve always known in a comfortable way. I want to help you avoid the pain, anguish, confusion, and loneliness I went through as I weeded through my beliefs, expectations, and judgments about relationships and sexuality. Join me and Break Free from the shame that is still holding you back from your deepest authenticity and truest version of yourself.
As I always say,
“When it comes to Sex Positivity, Authenticity is the Key!”
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