reply to post by The Transhumanist
I doubt that Jesus was apolitical either... after all, he wanted to kick the Roman rulers out of Jerusalem, just for starters.
First of all, I should point out that I belong to no religious 'group'. I don't attend a 'church' and no other living human will ever tell me
what to think... period. Evangelical entreaties will never blinker my eyes to one faith alone. I prefer to look at each and every one and then look
HARD at myself to see how I personally stack up to the tenets all of them
would ask of me.
As far as Christianity is concerned, I was brainwashed in my most formative years (5-7) by the teachings of John Calvin as delivered by my
grandfather, both a minister and a missionary. The final result, after years of fire and brimstone pulpit hammering on Sundays and driven home daily
with non-relenting sermons at every meal we sat down to, was both a horror at the notion that we are here to suffer
and an avid interest in all
sorts of spiritual issues that abides with me to this day (almost 60 years later).
It's not religion that fascinates me, but that which is in us to promote
the spiritual aspect.
Of all the writings in the bible, there is NOTHING
which compares to the Sermon on the Mount. Those words, so seldom discussed, are the
very basis of what Christianity should
be about, especially the Beatitudes:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Read them and consider what is being perpetrated in Uganda. Consider the fact that even those who know a gay or lesbian
, and fail to turn them
in, are liable for a 7 year term in jail.
There is a faction of Christianity which does not mind blood on its hands. They are
hypocrites. It's a throwback to the Inquisition, imo.