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Are Religious People Peaceful?

December 31, 2010

It’s a common belief that religion brings peace to a hateful world.  Without religion, how can men even be moral?  What will be their compass and guide?  Let’s just turn on our television sets and see how peaceful religious folks are.

First he goes on and on about how he’s a Christian and believes in forgiveness.  Then in the next sentence he’s talking about execution because of what Michael Vick did to some dogs.  Execution.

This is all very confusing to me.  Hmm.  Jesus Christ.  What sort of character was He? Luke Chapter 7, verses 36 through 50.

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

– The Holy Bible, Luke Chapter 7, verses 36-50

Or maybe we can look into the Gospel of John 7:53 – 8:11?

53 Then they all went home,

1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

I can’t see Jesus executing Michael Vick.  Is it just me, or is it always the Christians wanting to execute everyone and entangle our nation in “holy” wars overseas.

Where in the Bible does Jesus say, “Go out and kill thy enemy?”  I can’t seem to find that in the Bible.  Oh wait, there’s the Old Testament Jehovah.  Right Right.  He’s the one always killing people He doesn’t like.  There’s only one true God.  Hmm, I suppose Jehovah was Jesus before  being put into a man’s body.  So who was God while Jesus was walking on Earth?  Well God is composed of three parts – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit you doofus!  So I guess the Father is Jehovah.  He’s the the one with anger issues, always calling down plagues and ordering the Hebrews to commit genocide.

But as for Jesus, He tells you to love your enemy.  (He’s working to convince the Father to have a change of heart, who still wants to throw practically everyone in hellfire)  He told you to never harm your enemy, and even if they attack you, you’re to be as passive and gentle as a dove, and if they kill you, they kill you.  You’re not supposed to worry about that because when you die, you’re taken to heaven to be with your savior for all eternity in a mansion and glory forever.  (And my grandfather tells me the Bible doesn’t contain a single contradictory idea or statement.  It was composed by 40 different authors over thousands of years!  When I read the Bible, it’s more akin Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

Let’s take a look at Matthew Chapter 5.

7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

….

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

– The Holy Bible, Matthew Chapter 5

When Jesus was about to be executed on the cross, a party came to take him away.  His disciple Peter drew his sword, trying to save him.  Jesus rebuked Peter and then told him,

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

– The Holy Bible, Matthew 26:52

Peter was explicitly told not to resort to violence.  Jesus then healed the servant’s ear, and was then taken as a prisoner, and later executed.

As you watch this next video, ask yourself whether Ben Stein is a peacemaker.

When I watch videos like this, I just can’t get over how these “Christians” appear to be “spiritual” but then advocate and stand for everything that’s contrary to what Jesus taught.  (Though then again, maybe they’re servants of the Hebrew Jehovah?)

And did you all catch his statement that scientists are all murderers?  “It’s just my belief.”  “Good word, good word.”  I wonder how he reconciles that belief with Einstein, who was a pacifist.  I too am a pacifist, yet I believe in evolution.  I’m even a scientist too.  How can this be, when apparently the ideas of evolution and science inevitably leads a person to murder everyone they don’t like?  *Shrugs*  And remember, education is worthless.  There’s no value in anything taught in universities.

I know exactly what he means about military spending.  The United States barely spends any money on its military. I mean, look at this.  We definitely need to spend more.  There’s us on the right, and the REST OF THE WORLD on the left.   I think the title of this pie-chart says it all.

Execute Julian Assange?  No trial, no rule of law, and a complete rejection of the first amendment?  Execute members of the New York Times?  Even so, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin are top presidential contenders.

Oh, and remember, Wikileaks doesn’t contain anything that they haven’t already reported to you.  Don’t look into it for yourself.

Listen to this fear-mongering back in 2003, rallying evangelicals to support the war in Iraq.

“I believe God has raised George Bush up for this time in history to crush Sadaam Hussein.”

– John Haggee, back in 2003

This is what you’ll see if you watch TBN and Fox News.  It’s so bizarre when Christians take these obscure Bible verses and try to interpret vague prophecies in light of current events.  If any other person was saying the same sort of thing, but not in a religious context, we’d say he or she was insane. But when he’s on TBN, he’s a holy prophet of the God of this universe.  And I love how there’s a dove down there at the bottom right as he’s talking about weapons of mass destruction and how we need to preemptively attack them before they attack us.  (Psstt.  Sarah.  Sarah Palin.  They call this idea the “Bush doctrine”)

These are just a few examples of how nasty religious folks can be.  Sadly, I don’t think these people are the exception.  There are a whole lot of evangelicals out there who hold beliefs like these.  And if all this shows one thing, it shows that religion by itself isn’t enough to make a person good.  History will definitely confirm that.  Holy books like the Bible are filled with so many strange, cryptic, and contradictory ideas, that the book can be interpreted in any way a person wants and justify practically anything.  There’s a lot more in there than “love your neighbor”.  Listen to all the bullshit Hagee is going on about.  The Bible is huge book, filled with all sorts of things.  I’ve read it cover to cover many times.

“I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”

– John Adams, writing to Thomas Jefferson

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