I'm going to force two assumptions to be made in this article.
To begin with, it is the first and primary duty of all Christians to follow the words of Christ. That means that one does not go looking through the rest of the Bible for anything that negates or conditions the teachings of Jesus. The religion is called CHRISTianity for a reason.
Second, that to live in any manner that is counter to those teachings is corrupt and to repeatedly do a wrong once that iniquitous behavior is acknowledged is an even greater transgression.
Now, before someone sharpens their poison pens to attack the words of an admitted unbeliever in any of the thousands of man's myth, magic, or miracle-based superstitions, understand that I don't care for your rationalizations. If you cannot refute what I say using the person's words that you worship as the direct son of your God, then please just shut up. I've heard it all and it's boring.
That said and agreed on (because it's my site and I say we agree because if we don't then, in the words of the moron, "Who cares what you think?"), let's look at some truths that aren't often acknowledged.
Christians don't kill. That should be an absolute given. The Ten Commandments declare that action to be a failing of the soul and Christ never uttered a word to contradict that. In fact, as you can see in the quotes below, Jesus demanded that this commandment be followed at all times. Therefore, Christians don't engage in war on any level. Christians don't shoot people or fly warplanes or drop bombs or voluntarily take up arms or any other of the acts of war that leads to the injury or death of another human being. His instructions were unbelievably precise;Matthew 5:9 Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
Okay, I'll admit it. Following this teaching won't make your life or the moron's life into much of a Rambo-style "Vengeance is mine stayeth the draft dodgers" saga. Nor will it allow the little moron and his black hearted regime to murder tens of thousands of human beings as vengeance for the evils inflicted upon us. It won't make for much of a "Movie of the Week" nor will it play well with the morally and socially retarded folks who live and die by Jerry Springer or Fox News.
In fact, this demand, because that is exactly what it is, will only irritate those for whom violence and destruction are part and parcel of their lives. Those who love creating bigger and more lethal weapons are certainly working against this message simply because they are in a constant search for bigger and bigger "eyes" to even scores with. It won't allow those who collect massive amounts of wealth for producing those weapons to proclaim their love of Jesus. Those like the little moron, who allows his mental superiors (go look under a rock for great examples of those), will have to either get up off his knees and put a stop to the carnage around the world or else cease pretending to be a Christian.
In fact the exact opposite will be true, won't it? We would become a nation that does not seek revenge but will, instead, live among all the other nations on Earth as equals. We would share the astonishing wealth that the world offers while constantly searching for ways to make the lives of all better than before. We would not consider our lives full unless we knew that the ingenuity and intellectual wealth of this and all nations was being used in the search for peace and the common good among all mankind.
Fact of the matter is that, should mankind truly follow these teachings, we would help to create a world in which we need fear few of our fellow passengers. With the loving acceptance of the notion that all roads of love and brotherhood leads to an understanding of god or simple goodness and that any path is acceptable to all, ninety percent of the evil and violence in this world would disappear overnight.
So, as far as vile little creatures like the moron and his minions who love to proclaim the sanctity of their religion goes, they should just be ignored and pushed aside by those who do wish to live a life that reflects the belief that all of us, be there a god or not, are equal and precious and unique. No one is more valuable simply because they have the rather mundane ability to illegally acquire power or high office. If anyone wonders about why such silliness should not be an indicator of the value of a person, look at who has power and office in America - the inane members of the Bush family and Dick Chaney and Clinton and Gore and all that came before or will come after - and see that power seems to be attracted to the most inane and least necessary among us. Then look about at those without whom this world and what passes for a civilization would crumble. Look at the teachers and nurses and the firemen and the (decent) policeman and all of the other actual pillars upon which we so profoundly rely each day. Power is attracted only, it seems, to those who have nothing else of worth to pass their time.
A Christian does not fly a warplane nor does a Christian send out another to injure and kill. A real Christian does not use their earthly powers to harm another, ever, at any time. These acts cannot be executed nor, truth be told, even envisioned under the commandments.
Gentle readers, while I cannot bring myself to believe in any supernatural being who would have so much excess time on his or her hands that they would bother with nations or religions or any group activities, I can see the purpose to behaving as if there is a being that cares about us individually. When we each behave as if every other human being is our responsibility and their welfare our duty, then god or no god and superstitions or not, we will have acted in our own best interests in the very long run.( 1 )
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