Enlightened Capitalism

Essays about how to harness people's natural desire to create wealth and improve their quality of life to solve global problems such as war and poverty.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Who Would Jesus Bomb?

Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

So my question is, when would you want someone to declare war on you and drop bombs on your relatives?

Jesus said, "Love your enemies; do good to those who persecute you."
Jesus said, "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, offer him the left as well."

In reference to these and similar quotes, my father used to say, "Those are difficult teachings."

But Jesus said, "My yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Either Jesus was God or he wasn't. Either the Gospels quote him accurately or they don't. If you believe he was God, and the Gospels are true, then do what he says, or at least try. Don't use the old testament to contradict Jesus and then say that you are a Christian. And don't stand in righteous judgement over people that Jesus died to save.

Jesus said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

So-called Christian theologians have come up with elaborate justifications for war, based on the idea that sometimes, killing a few wicked people can save many innocents. But then, why didn't Jesus do that? Are we supposed to act differently than he did?

Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you."
Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

When faced with these kinds of arguments, my brother used to say, "That's the great thing about the Bible, you can use it to prove anything you want." That's a pretty Zen way to look at it. :)


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