Friday, August 12, 2011

Beware: The Prince of Peace has a sword

"Jesus, whose ministry was all about the relief of human suffering, taught the principles of nonviolent direct action that Gandhi and King perfected two millennia later: the unconditional nonviolent love of friend and enemy.
Since killing was clearly outside of the mind of Christ that should be should be a no-brainer for the church."*

Really?! This, again.

"And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she cryeth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour." Matthew 15:22-28
Being a firm believer in "unconditional love" Christ found it necessary to refuse to help a non-Jew and only relented after the the mother of the afflicted child grovels.

"And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it." Mark 11:13, 14
Pissed that the tree is out of season and can't provide food Christ kills it. Short tempered, short sighted, selfish, and violent, and this is the "Prince of Peace."

Personally, I agree that war is despicable and should be avoided. Using religion to justify that position, however, is idiotic. It provides just as much justification for war as it does for peace. Why not oppose war because it hurts our fellow human beings? Why rely on a single authority figure, especially a mythical one? Mr. Kohl just can't seem to shake his self-induced selective ignorance.

*from Gary Kohl's Consortium News article "Nuking Japan's Christian Center"
I have previously commented on the News Consortium site regarding Kohl's "Norway's 'Christian' Killer'"

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