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Preaching The Hatred Of “God”

The liberator of India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was asked once what he thought of Western civilization. His reply was that he thought it would be a good idea for the West to become civilized. Another question inquired of his opinion of Christianity. "I like your Christ," he responded. "I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

The history of Christianity is rife with examples of why someone would think so, and it is no different today. All one has to do is peruse the rantings of McCain supporters like John Hagee or Rod Parsley. Anti-Catholic homophobe Hagee's Zionist rantings have his erstwhile Hebrew allies asking themselves, "O, What A Friend We Have In Hagee?" while Parsley's blood lust for a modern Crusade against the Islamic infidels can hardly be contained.

One has to ask when Jesus ever expressed such hatred as spews from the mouths of his self-proclaimed adherents.

If one reads the Gospels, the only incidence of violence Jesus performs that I am aware of is when he evicts the money changers from the temple, and there is no report of physical injury to anyone. He was also known to openly visit with those social outcasts the rest of society scrupulously avoided: the lepers and whores, the criminals, and — gasp! — even the recently deceased! Why, what would Pat Robertson say about that?

One thing that I've noticed about today's so-called Christians that confirms Gandhi's assessment of them is that they thrive on division and hatred. I've noticed an increase in the expression of a desire to avoid things that they dislike or deem un-Godly. One good Christian was complaining to me just the other day about the public schools and "the crap they are putting in my kids' heads". The only "crap" I can think of that justifies the complaint are the diversity programs, specifically – but not exclusively – those aimed at fostering acceptance of homosexuals.

We are now in the time of Easter, the reason for Christianity to exist as a religion. One has to wonder why, if the followers of Christ truly have faith, the thought that gays can marry and be as accepted as anyone else fills the faithful with fear and loathing. Are they not, according to their own beliefs, allied with the ultimate power of all creation? Have they forgotten the tales of Daniel in the lions den? Have they forgotten the faith held by the early Christians in Rome for whom belief likely meant a horrible death?

I know that the Old Testament (the only part of the Bible that counts for the likes of Hagee and Parsley) is lush Rush Limbaugh territory, full of proscriptions against The Other. Unless one had the time back then to actually study all of the religious law, however, there was a real risk that an observance of such a ban might be missed. This dilemma was eased when Moses descended from Mt. Ararat with only ten rules – one for each finger of each hand to facilitate remembering them – for the chosen people of Jehovah to observe as they roamed about the Sinai desert seeking their promised land.

One would think that this should have made living easier, but by the time the foretold Jesus actually arrived, he found it necessary to further refine these dictates into just one: "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." (Luke 6:31)

We have all heard this excerpt so many times our responses are Pavlovian. But there are follow-up passages which expose the like of Hagee and Parsley for the hypocrites they are: "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil" (Luke 6:35) and "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven…" (Luke 6:37)

More directly, the desire for separation from that which threatens their sense of Christian life is addressed by Luke 6:22: "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake." The way I'm inspired to read this, those who are the object of modern Christian vilification are themselves more "blessed" than are those Christians performing the persecution in the name of their version of Jesus.

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  • Dr Dreadful

    April 20?

    You flunked Lent so you’re giving yourself another 40 days?


  • Clavos

    They’re allowing do overs for Lent now?

  • Irene Wagner

    I can’t believe I just happened to see that!
    I’ve decided to extend the Lenten season by following through to the end with the Eastern Orthodox–their timing of Passover/Easter is linked to the new moon rather than the full moon based timing of Easter that the Catholics use–so it’s all perfectly legit, especially for someone who’s a Protestant anyway, although I’m sure there’d be some Protestants who would disagree heartily.

    By the way, I didn’t make a promise to God because that would have been flippant. It was more of a promise to myself. Two more comments to make before I resume resuming to resume.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Commenting on my comment #37, Leslie Bohn wrote

    That’s because that “viewpoint” is batshit fucking crazy.

    Well, Leslie, I have bad news for you. What you think is “batshit fucking crazy” is pretty commonplace in the world, and the problem is that from your spoiled spot in the world, you cannot or do not want to see that painful reality.

    Let’s talk about how child abuse and sex go hand in hand: all over south and southeast Asia, young girls (and to a lesser degree boys) fear being sold off as sex slaves by mom and dad. That’s pretty damned outrageous in my eyes, and I suspect in your eyes as well, but hey! There is also the issue of putting food on the table, and for many poor families, selling off the little girl to some slaver or pimp might just do that. I mean, having another child is always a possibility, isn’t it?

    And if you think about it, selling off the kid to feed the rest of the family is more civilized than selling off your kids for two bottles of beer, something that actually happened in St. Paul, a number of years back.

    And I haven’t even gotten to the way a certain group of people in Israel relate to donkeys and sheep….

    Hint – they are not Jews.

    In the minds of too many people, sex is used to denigrate and dehumanize, rather than to share joy.

    But let’s go a bit further….

    The idea that a regime would kill off an entire ethnic group was considered “batshit fucking crazy” – until soldiers from the U.S. and U.S.S.R. started finding abandoned concentration camps all over Europe with living skeletons in them.

    The world is a nasty and vicious place, and it has still not absorbed the simple lessons of civilized behavior contained in the Ten Commandments, or the more basic rules of the Seven Commandments of Noah.

    That is reality, whether you like it or not.

  • Baritone

    It’s getting a little scary here. I find myself agreeing with Ruvy more and more. I don’t share his faith, but I do share much of his world view. Obviously, I don’t see Israel as the center of the wheel, but there are more universal aspects of human life that, in my mind at least, transcends religious considerations.

    Having just returned from Germany and visits to both the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, I have gained a further grasp of just how hideously we can behave. There apparently is no limit to just how far down we can stoop.

    Concomitantly though, I also believe the opposite is true. We can reach untold heights. It’s our choice.


  • Leslie Bohn

    It’s not “commonplace in the world” for people to believe that secret codes in the Bible accurately predict future events, the “perspective” you outlined in #36.

    I can’t follow the rest of your argument supporting these codes, despite your kind hint.

    You’re right that selling your children for beer or abusing them is wrong. Religions should make it a very high priority to prevent those kinds of things.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    It’s not “commonplace in the world” for people to believe that secret codes in the Bible accurately predict future events, the “perspective” you outlined in #36.

    You are both right and wrong, Leslie.

    To the degree that you are right –

    It is against Jewish Law prohibiting the use of divination to use codes found in the Torah to predict future events, and it is physically impossible, as it contravenes basic laws of physics (which back up the existence of “free will” at the molecular level). It also goes against laws of probability, which indicate that each action that you or I take precludes other actions (which eventually count up to billions and trillions of possibilities), that could have been taken. Each path taken implies at least one path not taken.

    An example of the above: The authors of the Torah Codes in Israel were approached by the Mossad to help them figure out when the first Scud rocket would fall on Israel in 1991. The IDF wanted to know when to distribute gas masks in case the Scud missiles contained poison gas. Lacking a date (essential to procuring an array of data), they poured all the data they could procure into the computer in place of the date, and the program spit back three dates. The event had not yet occurred, and was impossible to predict in advance. They had to guess: they picked the closest date to the array (group of letters indicating an attack by Scud rockets), and prayed they were right. They did guess right.

    But ironically, the distribution of gas masks against the Scud missiles produced most of deaths from the Scud missiles in Israel. One person died of post-traumatic shock. Over twenty died because they did not know how to use the masks!

    Praying to G-d to provide a shield against the enemy would have saved over twenty lives!

    People who lived here realized that a miracle had occurred during the Scud bombardment of this country by Iraq. Thousands of apartments were destroyed, four Superpharm Drug Stores (the chain had decided to open in the Sabbath) were destroyed, but only one person died as a direct result of the bombardment of 39 Scuds. Compare this to the over 200 American soldiers who died in Saudi Arabia from one single Scud.

    What was painfully obvious here was obscured to people like you who live overseas. G-d had distinguished between His chosen people, Israel, and the rest of the nations, just as He had in Egypt millennia earlier.

    And don’t give me any trash about the Exodus from Egypt never having happened until you pay careful attention to The Riddle of the Exodus, by James Long.

    This is where you are right.

    Where are you wrong? I did not cite some Torah code to indicate America would fall, I cited a prophecy, encoded by order of the father of the prophet. And the code enshrouding this particular prophecy has been decoded and clearly interpreted.

    But as for the perspective we have in this country, even without such prophecies, it is evident to us that the United States government is an enemy to the people of Israel by its policies. And it is headed for a fall. You do not need me to tell you this. Just look at your budget and the state of your economy, the lack of leadership at the top, both in the sitting leadership, and in the candidates for potential leadership. And this perspective is clear to most Israelis, even though it is generally slammed by the whore that is the Hebrew secular press. Israeli whores are better than most whores – they stay bought.

    I’m sorry, dear. We perceive reality here. You are the one having trouble with the delusions.