the very starting, Christianity has been a faith of bloodthirsty violence.
was neither bloodthirsty nor violent. A few of his disciples needed to be. Peter
had a sword prepared, however Jesus advised him to place it away. Jesus stated, “Those that
stay by the sword shall die by the sword.” What he meant was, don’t do it. Many
trendy conservative Christians would say, “Yee-haw! Let’s go die by the sword!”
of evangelicals suppose they’re prepared to die for his or her religion, however what they
truly imply is they’re prepared to kill for it.
the primary couple of centuries after Jesus’ dying, there was little or nothing
in writing about Jesus. The lads who wrote the primary gospels had, at finest,
second-hand entry to details about him. Their writings mirrored their
beliefs and emotions greater than these of Jesus.
Take into account,
for instance, the gospel account of the trial of Jesus. Based on this, the
Jewish rabble within the streets referred to as for Jesus to be crucified. And so they stated, Let
his blood be upon us and upon our youngsters.
isn’t any different historic corroboration (e.g., from Josephus) that any of them
truly stated this. This might have been nascent antisemitism that was already
germinating throughout the church. It didn’t take too lengthy earlier than Christians have been
utilizing this as an excuse for persecuting Jews.
suppose that the rabble truly stated this. This doesn’t obligate God to
do what they stated. The concept that the rabble stated Let his blood be
upon us and on our youngsters, and that this obligated God to permit the
persecution of Jews all through all subsequent historical past. This sounds as if God
stated, Oh, nicely, I suppose this implies I’d higher let the Jews get persecuted,
whether or not I need to or not. Poor little God, he needed to let a rabble dictate
your entire way forward for the world.
the key proponents of this view are trendy evangelical Christians. That’s,
trendy fundamentalists truly give a road rabble energy superior to God. I
truly heard this on a radio broadcast from Rhema Bible Church in Tulsa, however
they can’t be the one ones. It’s blasphemy to raise human concepts over God. Fundamentalists
are blasphemers. This began very early within the historical past of the church.
of the most recent books of the New Testomony is the e-book of Revelation. It’s the
bloodiest, most ugly e-book you would ever learn. Fundamentalist Christians
consider it’s a precise prediction of what’s going to occur within the Finish Instances. They
love these items. They can not wait to observe God torture hundreds of thousands of individuals as
they writhe in agony. Fundamentalists drool on the considered the afflictions
to come back. And so they have been doing so for a very long time, no less than since about 100
CE when Revelation was written. This picture is from a 1917 Adventist e-book.
theologians say that Revelation was not meant as a precise prediction of the
future. It’s apparent, they level out, that the hallucinations of Revelation
have been simply recycled from these of Ezekiel. It was meant, maybe in secret code,
as an encouragement for Christians to face agency within the face of Roman
persecution. However you name this shit encouragement? Encouragement, my ass. It
stirs up hatred, not love and perseverance. How might Christians be
inspired by studying about rivers of blood and billows of pestilence? What
sorts of twisted minds did individuals have.
was precisely the identical interval of historical past as when the early church fathers have been
preaching that intercourse was basically evil; it was obligatory, however ought to solely
happen inside marriage, and even then you need to ensure it was only for
procreation, and to not get pleasure from it. Light intercourse inside marriage was merely tolerable;
in the meantime, literature that glorified blood and dying was holy.
is a second of magnificence in Revelation. Proper on the finish there’s a heavenly metropolis
of peace. However even this metropolis is completely synthetic. The gorgeous river is
truly a canal, and there’s one tree. One tree, that’s all that continues to be of
the pure world. If that is Heaven, depend me out. I’d fairly dangle round and
chat with Jesus.