Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Is Jesus evil? Robert, a reader, made the claim that Jesus is evil because he advocated submission to others, worship of death, and rejection of earthly accomplishment. I'm fairly familiar with the Gospels and don't recall any of those things. Well, I don't have time tonight to read the whole New Testament, but time permits a review of what could be called "The Essential Jesus"--the Sermon on the Mount. Below all all of the verses I could find that in any way touch on Robert's claims. I will comment after each:

Matthew 3:3: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

"Poor in spirit" is a vague phrase, but the context suggests that Jesus is against the arrogance so often seen among elites. His theme here is that ordinary people often don't carry around a false pride, and they will be rewarded by God for that.

Matthew 3:5: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."

Same as above.

Matthew 6:19:"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal."

This is a statement of anti-materialism; that true meaning in life is found in spirituality, not money-worship. This is not a condemnation of accomplishing worthwhile things in this life.

Matthew 6:25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?"

This is a call to live for more than a full belly, and to take the (healthy) view that everything is going to work out. The most precious things in life are spiritual, not material.

Matthew 7:12: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Jesus is saying here that if you boil down all His teachings to their common denominator, you can sum it all up with the Golden Rule. In one sentence, this is what He is all about. Would any person want to be treated like a slave? Would any person want other people to convince him to commit suicide? Would any person want other people to stop him from achieving worthwhile things in this life?

1 comment:

  1. Slayer of Cliffracers6:41 AM

    Resist not Evil. These three words should confirm the malevolant nature of Jesus's teaching, if not Jesus himself.

    Indeed, if Jesus lacks personal malevolance, then it makes the malevolance of what he says more evil, since in order to embrace the 'Good' of Jesus they will embrace the potent evil of his message.

    'Slaves shall obey their masters' is merely the practical application of Jesus actual message.

    Given the supernatural nature of Jesus's actions he is not a purely natural misguided person. No I have come to believe he is probably the physical incarnation of a devil. That is an evil spirit set upon the ruination of everything (Apocalypse etc).

    Demanding the sacrifice of real and material goods (the only goods that exist) for the sake of unreal goods is at the very heart of the most perfect form of evil.

    All the worst evils have as a goal some unreal/delusional goal, which devalues the actual real goods.

    Jesus is the Lord of Devils because Jesus is master of what I would call poetically the 'Black Dialectic'. The other Devils save perhaps the 'Father' must obey Jesus because he is their ruler.

    If Jesus was the enemy of the Devils then why is it that they obey him. Are they not supposed to be in rebellion against God?

    To deny the Black Dialectic is a core part of Christianity. Does not Jesus say that any that blaspheme the Holy Spirit (like the Pharasees who while serving the Devil Yahweh still worked out he was casting out devils by the prince of devils) will never be forgiven EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE FIRST QUESTION THAT ONE SHOULD ALWAYS ASK OF ANY 'SAVIOR'!!!

    But the Black Dialectic we can see at work in our world today in the practical manifestations of several 'Communist' regimes.

    What we see there, is that people are willing to commit terrible evils for the sake of a future Communist utopia, destroying human well-being in the present for that of a future state that lies in the future.

    Now Marxism recognises the fundemental evil of Christianity. However in a it has it's own paradise on earth, which while quite rightly to be aimed for, causes a similar behavior among the populace even as they reject and persecute Christianity.

    Since none of these 'Communist' societies ever reached Utopia, we can see a strong paralell to the persecuting behavior of Christians historically from the point they aquired the power to persecute people that don't agree with them.

    If this all sounds elaborate, remember that Jesus Christ is not Lord of Devils because his plots and lies are simple.


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