Bob Jones Sees Bush Win As ‘Reprieve’

Ary Scheffer: The Temptation of Christ, 1854

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Yahoo! News – Bob Jones Sees Bush Win As ‘Reprieve’

“In your re-election, God has graciously granted America – though she doesn’t deserve it – a reprieve from the agenda of paganism,” Jones wrote Bush in a congratulatory letter posted on the university’s Web site.

“You have been given a mandate. … Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ,” Bob Jones

He must worship a different Jesus than I worship….This kind of statement is a good example of the utter and complete hypocracy of the religious right. Their religion says that the greatest comandment is “to love one another” and to “love your enemies”. This is not love. This is hate. This man is no Christian.

I don’t despise Jesus. Liberals in general don’t despise Jesus, fyi. But I am really begining to despise these people.

Fundamentalism, Our Founding Fathers, and Jesus

John the Baptist baptizing Christ

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Congress.Org — Jesus was a liberal

Jesus was quite clear that what he found most upsetting was people using the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of it. The spirit of the law, according to Jesus, was to love your neighbor. Trying to deny your fellow human beings, including your gay brothers and sisters, equality and marriage rights is not loving them but harming them. You are hypocritical, self-serving, and self-deceiving to think otherwise.

Christians of today should take some lessons from Christ, and treat there fellow humans with love, compassion and understanding. For all the “What Would Jesus Do?” merchandise out there, you’d think a lot more Christians would have really sat down and thought about that one.

This is a great opinion piece. This author speaks my mind completely. I found out about it at Daffodil lane (gotta give em props!) I couldn’t agree more. There is so much hate out there being spat at us by people who claim to be Christians. I don’t understand it at all. Do they truly understand the teachings of Christ? I don’t think they do. I don’t see any love or compassion out of these fundamentalist Christians AT ALL. None. Now, I am really speaking of the those that align themselves with the Bush Administration, the neo-cons, if you will. How can anyone who follows the teachings of Christ align themselves with the Bush agenda?!?

As I mentioned in other posts, I used to be an Evangelical Christian. There were two good things that came out of that time in my life. The first, is that I met my husband at church :). The second is that I studied the bible. I mean, I really really studied it. For about two years I read nothing else but the Bible. And I think that it was a good thing. The Bible is actually a really wonderful book. I hadn’t read it in awhile but opened it up again to respond to this comment. I was reminded of what a wonderful book this is. The advice and teachings in the New Testament are truly words to live by, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ”, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. ” Those are the words of Christ himself. Do you see any of this behavior from neo-cons? I don’t. I don’t know why they bother calling themselves Christians. They are following a dogma that has been fed to them by The Church, whether it be evangelical or Catholic, or whatever. They are following something that they were told to believe from the pulpit, not by Christ. Pre-emptive war is not Christian-like. Alienating homosexuals and denying them rights is not Christlike. Our job, as Christians, is to love one another. That’s it. God will sort everything else out. God will be the judge. Somehow, that message has been lost to the Christian Fundamentalists. They are so intent on the letter of the law that they are missing the point.

Holy Blood

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

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I am reading this book, “Holy Blood, Holy Grail“. The hypothesis of which is that Jesus survived the crucifixtion, and married Mary Magdalene. I began to be intrigued by this idea by reading the popular mystery, “the DaVinci Code“. I have to say, as much as I didn’t really like the DaVinci Code, I am intrigued by this idea. I don’t know if I believe it. But, admittedly, it is easier to believe than the alternative view, that Jesus rose from the dead and roamed the earth with his disciples. I’m not saying that I don’t believe that, either. But you have to admit, it is a little bit hard to believe….

I am reminded of one of my all time favorites scenes from any movie. It is a scene from “The Last Temptation of Christ“, the scene in which Jesus watches with surprise, the Apostle Paul preaching to the city the Gospel. Jesus, who has been told by an “angel” that he can choose not to be crucified, and that he can choose a life of marriage with Mary Magdalene (which he does choose), tries to tell Paul that he, in fact, is Jesus, and that he did not rise from the dead. He was standing right there in front of him. He is not the risen savior. Paul becomes very angry with Jesus and threatens him. He says something like, “Don’t ruin this for me.” Paul had quite a life traveling and preaching the Gospel, you know. Anyway, I find this scene so brilliant because Paul in this scene depicts Christians today. They are so blinded by what they are told by thier pastors or preists that they can’t see the truth, and they wouldn’t be able to see it if it walked up to them on the street.

When I used to read the bible I always wondered about Paul. I mean, he never even met Jesus. His big claim to apostledom his that he had this “experience”. And what he preaches is so different from what Jesus preaches.

Well, I guess that’s enough Jesus-talk for one day.