Originally posted by sk0rpi0n
My thoughts on the real reason why Jesus told his followers to "love the enemy" and "forgive their persecutors" was so they could gain rewards
and blessings in heaven... AFTER life ends here on earth. Which is why he said that there is no reward in merely loving those who love you back.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store
up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure
is, there your heart will be also.
To literally love an enemy is difficult. To literally pray for your persecutors is nearly impossible. But when done sincerely, it brings with it great
blessings that add to ones treasures in heaven.
Do you work for treasures here on this mortal world... treasures that can be diminished or go bad? Or do you work for treasures in the afterlife that
will always remain and be yours?
Jesus told his followers to love their enemies because while his followers were evil, and therefore enemies of the state, so to speak, he taught them
what they needed to know, the healthy do not need a physician. And they, through Jesus' teaching became healthy, they became his friends, they sensed
a need, they hungered for something spectacular IN THIS LIFE and they got it, Jesus did have to remind them that it was his teaching that they needed
and not just to be a mere witness to miracles to talk about amongst eachothers.
I believe that God intended us to have an ABUNDANT life.
An abundant life to me, as it is to most people, is measured in hope and possibility and optimism. People rely on money, in their eyes, it makes
things possible, but money can only get you so much, it can't buy you love.
When you have God, who is love, all things are possible, and when I say all, that does not exclude poverty, persecution, judgement and punishment.
I was just thinking the other day about the prodigal son. He wanted to be a servant, he would have been happy to be a servant, he DIDN'T expect the
sort of welcome back party he got, he didn't expect his father to be so happy to see him, and yet he went to him anyway because he had hope that his
father would have some compassion on him. Likewise the rich man and Lazarus, Lazarus had hope for compassion so he sat outside the rich man's gate
because he knew that for some reason or another, he by hisveryownself could not sustain his own hope.
Also the guy who Jesus talked about who beat his chest and asked for mercy while the other guy was thanking God for not being like "that sinner".
Well people can thank their lucky stars all they want that they arent' as bad off as some others but God's approval is all that is needed in order
to be blessed.
I gave the person with the dancing silly guys in the woods a star for sharing that bit of VERY TRUE scripture. Everything Jesus said is true and none
of it is supposed to be suppressed repressed or oppressed, although you're right, for MANY people it is.
Jesus said that there is no reward for loving those who love themselves because even SINNERS do that. The thing is, all the preaching about "WE're
all sinners, you better not boast, you're a boaster if you think Jesus saved you from sin, our sign is that Jesus died and spend three days and
nights in the heart of the earth and was raised from the dead", that sort of baloney isn't necessary to spread because it's untrue. Jesus came to
set people free from their sins, he didn't come so people could sin and say that they are free, because everyone who sins is a servant to sin and a
servant to sin is not a part of the family but a son belongs to it forever. Servanthood is an interesting thing, no matter who we are we are servants,
the difference is in whom the master is. Gather or scatter abroad.
Anyone whose ever lived in poverty knows that it's possible to be happy, people who are afraid of poverty are afraid for lack of respect of lost
friendships, because the fairweather friends want fair weather. That is why Facebook exists. In this world, it's the rich who dictate the norms and
their trusting servants hold eachother to those rules. People with more money are usually treated better because they have more money, as I said
earlier, money means possibilities for happiness in their eyes, what they really need to know that love makes all things possible, and wisdom is more
precious than rubies
The community mindset is unhealthy, it's an "If I go down, you go down with me." type of world out there. He will do what he wants with what is
his, he is not a communist he makes a distinction in whom he considers his brother sister and mother and whom he does not know. Beatitudes are
Literally loving an enemy is indeed difficult, but is it less difficult to withhold forgiveness? Anyone can answer that