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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Occupy Gallilee

St. John Chrysostom:
It is not possible for one to be wealthy and just at the same time.
Do you pay such honor to your excrements as to receive them into a silver chamber-pot when another man made in the image of God is perishing in the cold?
Now look here.

Which one is the Christian? Can't be both.
Ye shall utterly destroy all the places where in the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree. And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their idols with fire; and ye shall hew down the carved images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. - Deuteronomy 12
Doesn't sound very christian to me.
A jealous tree-hater? Tree-huggers beware the christians.
Well, I'm on record as not being a big fan of Deuteronomy. Or Joshua. Of all the "holy" scriptures I've perused, the ones detailing the original conquest of Canaan are the most UNholy.
As a lapsed catholic, I know next to nothing about the bible. I do know a few people who consider themselves to be devout "Christians", but wouldn't lift a finger to help a fellow human being. In too many instances, Christianity only serves as a veneer for something rotten and dark.

All the scriptures are full of it. In the Bhagavad Gita the warrior Arjun is drawn up ready for battle in a civil war and has attacks of conscience about the killing of people close to him. His chariot driver Krishna tells him to go ahead and kill them -- "They are dead already." The reason he gives is that he, Krishna, is in fact the Omnipotent Being incarnated, that everything is written according to his divine will and that Arjun is being called upon to be the instrument of that will.

... and let's not forget jihad.

Yep, the scriptures are all for killing.

Just remember: if you hear a voice from a burning bush you are allowed to tie your son to an altar, cut his throat and burn the remains.
I just realized: This may be the first post in which Mary made a comment in reply to Joseph.

There's something I like about that.
Get your Covenants straight, guys.

The Old Testament is, most definitely, a disturbing, even frightening account of the "Old Covenant," in which nothing and no one -- in the sinful/lost world under Satan's temporary domain -- could stand in the way of the Chosen People's conquests to acquire the Promised Land. It was bloody and violent, indeed, and the Bible does not spare us the gory details.

But in the "fullness of time," when God then sent the Chosen his long-promised Messiah, the "stiff-necked" Chosen rejected His message of peace, forgiveness and love... and killed him.

So God established His "New Covenant," (with all nations and people)of salvation by grace -- through faith in Christ's promises and sacrifice. And the New Testament's central message is Jesus' "New Commandment": to love one another and to love your neighbor as yourself.
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