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The Things That Will Send Christians to HellTim King Salem-News.com
The Ten Commandments, unlike the amendments of the U.S. Constitution, are fixed, or should be.
(SALEM, Ore.) - There are two things that I believe define what is wrong with religion in this world; America in particular: one is rooting for death and war, and the other is following a religion not for to help others, but out of fear that a person will spend their eternity in hell.
Some people are not troubled by these perceptions, they are shallow and could care less, and some go so far as to openly embrace evil and dark things, as if daring God, or defying his presence. Among the apathetic factions are the spoiled, the unchallenged, the scarred and abused who lost their way, the excessively poor who have known little love or comfort; and those who love to shove their weight around, sometimes abusing people for pleasure.
But at least you can tell who they are, people who are into dark things generally advertise it. So, this leaves us with the 'average' Christian- far more of a problem in society because they believe they represent what is good in this world, when in reality most, if I dare say... support the exact opposite of what God called for.
It's always about revisionist thinking... changing standing rules of religion, already highly watered down from the original texts to say the least, to fit or meet individual needs of kings and CEO's and politicians. It is the worst behavior possible, and always is delivered by that 1% that we keep hearing more and more about. Even if everything is not perfectly clear, God told us how it is; the basic points, but people 'tweak' and try to adjust the controls, which is not their role.
God is the creator, we are the creations, and we are given a path, a number of guides, like pain, both physical and emotional; comfort, safety and happiness. We know others feel these discomforts as we do, and therefore we easily can determine what we are not supposed to do to others. A person who has been robbed of something- then knows the result of the same action on another person.
We're also given the clear, logical rules called the Ten Commandments and unlike the amendments of the U.S. Constitution, this is fixed, or should be. This is where the matter becomes convoluted and mixed up, and where we discover that today's so-called Christian leaders have bent the word of God in a perverted way. It is really simple. The words of God, "You shall not kill", have been rewritten (surprise) to now to replace the word 'kill' with 'murder'. Wrong.
Wrong wrong wrong. It doesn't matter how well people can convince themselves, God said don't do kill, he wasn't specific and the concept of modifying his largest commandments is an insult to God.
In case mankind was not clear, after the Commandments, God sent Jesus to earth to tell people not to even slap an enemy back, but to turn your cheek so that they may slap the other one. What a test, what an expectation. That message from Christ reinforced the same point of not killing, and he didn't say murder.
I'm the first to say that I don't think any person should allow themselves to be the object of an attack without fighting back. I don't think Jesus meant that people should also not resist violence for the sake of their family and friends, and especially for children. But we are so far off the charts in terms of militaristic violence, that I honestly don't think we can tilt it back. It's a good time to grasp the idea that we're supposed to reject all types of war, death and violence. Jesus rejected the call of his followers to help them in their defeat of the occupational forces that held them paralyzed.
So here we are in a modern age and all we do is kill, bomb, destroy and devastate. We have learned how to do it with stealth, pride and disregard for humanity. We raise our children to sing songs about defeating nations, about winning freedom as a nation of slave owners, it really is ironic. And while we got past the years of legal slavery in the west, we have been given over to another form of pf bondage that involves not just those of color, but almost everyone who is part of a nation that votes for people who strip us of human rights, and abused our financial system to a point of non-recovery.
I'm not a religious scholar, just a student of life with a number of years under my belt as a serious observer of this world. I do consider myself a Christian but I believe all people of all faiths are equal in the eyes of God and fine as long as they follow the divine teachings of the ancient faiths that place peace and equal human rights at the center of all importance. I fear many people who see themselves as proper and good, have a rude surprise waiting for them on the other side of the door. Killing is something all people should automatically renounce, along with war and all types of human oppression. Everyone isn't given the same chance in this life, it is up to people to care for those who have less, and to stand for peace at all costs. Ignorance is no excuse.
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