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  •  Modern US religions and Jesus (5+ / 0-)

    Most contemporary US religions and their leaders are pretty far removed from the teachings of Jesus.  For the most part, US religious leaders who make a point of getting themselves and their relgious views in the news media are what Jesus would have called hypocrites.  In Jesus' time, a hypocrite was someone who made a great public display of their religious observance (Matt 23:13 - 19).  For Jesus, religious observance was something to be done in private, not in public.

    The First Commandment of the Bible pre-dated the stories of Jesus, but is very simple and clear: Thou shallt not kill.  Jesus expanded on this idea, saying that God wants his followers to love, tolerate, and help one another, and not kill each other.

    And I agree with the commentor who said that religion and government should be kept separate: religion has no place in the matters of government, and government should have not place in the matters of religion.  Jesus said something similar with "Render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar's" (Matt 22:21).

    So, I think Jesus would have a negative view of our modern "gun culture", and would have a negative view of religious leaders who speak publicly on matters of guns, gays, contraception, and abortion  

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:00:02 AM PST

    •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

      But since we are stuck with these "hypocrites", why can't these "hypocrites" state the obvious on guns.

      Jesus would not approve of this love affair with weapons that kill people.

      •  The answer should be plain (0+ / 0-)
        But since we are stuck with these "hypocrites", why can't these "hypocrites" state the obvious on guns.
        Clearly, Jeus would not approve of America's love and use of the gun.

        And just as clearly, so called "religious leaders" who seek out news media to express their opinions are obviously aggrandizing themselves, not proselytizing on spiritual or religious matters.  That is what hypocrites do.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:19:51 AM PST

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