Originally posted by halfoldman
Jesus taught that even looking at a woman in lust was adultery.
So is that a sin?
Being a normal heterosexual is a sin?
My goodness, no wonder gay people are confused!
The way I see it, Jesus (or whoever said/wrote those words, because somebody
did) was giving a more specific example concerning what, in the
lingo of some modern spiritualists, is a "service-to-self" (STS) versus "service-to-others" (STO) orientation.
If you look at another man's wife, and the only thing you can think is what you'd love to do with that woman, you are missing the mark, so-to-speak.
If you think that this is a human being who is loved by another human being and are happy that two people have found each other who make each other
whole, you are on the right track.
After all, Jesus did say the basic commandment, apart from loving God with all your heart, is loving your neighbor as yourself. Which I interpret as
realizing that all human beings are doing what they do for their own internal reasons, which you, as someone who has not had those same experiences,
cannot comprehend, but they are still human beings just like you struggling to get by in this world so full of pain and suffering.
It wasn't about a list of arbitrary rules, but about a basic spiritual orientation. The apparent list of rules stems from the examples he gave.
Jesus did say "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:32). I think those evangelical Christians who use the teachings
of Jesus to condemn others, are completely missing the point. The message was for people to look inside their own hearts, not to lash out against
others. Much of what he said was essentially 1.) To show, via cause-and-effect principles, that an STS orientation leads only to pain and misery, and
2.) A rudimentary manual on how to convert your orientation from STS to STO, which brings peace and contentment despite the apparent paradox.
Using these teachings against others is, again, missing the point, according to Jesus' own words.
(BTW, I am not a Christian, at least not in any traditional sense)
edit on 21-11-2010 by NewlyAwakened because: (no reason given)