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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hey, Christian! How Many Of Jesus' Moral Stands Do You Approve? Take The Test!

Let's get Rush to take the test!
(Or explain why he won't...)

Greetings,

Here is a good "test" for "Christians" not inclined to read The Four Gospels

Using the following red-lined New Testament texts, read every word Jesus spoke in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John   http://www.ccel.org/bible/phillips/JBPRed.htm 

As you read, make a check mark whenever you disagree with something Jesus says. 

For example, do you disagree with the following statements? 

"Love your enemy." 

"Turn the other cheek." 

"Pray for those who persecute you."  

"Give to anyone who asks." 

“You cannot serve both God and money." 

"If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away."

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple."

So!

How ya doin'?

Anybody strike out at Number 3

Be honest now! 

Most conservative Christians will substantially (or categorically) disagree with most of Jesus' moral exhortations.

Seldom Sermonized Bible Quotes

Furthermore, if we posit that "Pharisees" are an enduring human "type" (not just an ancient Jewish sect) and that like their spiritual forebears they are represented by upright, church-goers in every generation, many Christians will not do well with "The Woe Passages" either. 
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+23&version=NIV

Whatever you do, don't miss "The Sermon on The Mount!" 


Jimmy Carter's not the only one lusting in his heart. 

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205-7&version=NIV  http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2013/11/limbaugh-caller-describes-rush.html

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On the other hand, if the criterion is "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" most (if not all) conservative Christians will jump aboard hootin' like yahoos.

If my conjecture is correct, most conservative "Christians" would feel more at home in The Old Testament than The New.

There is nothing wrong with this. 

They just don't score very high on the "Know Thyself." 

They mistake their role in the world and tend to be miffed with Pope Francis for reminding everybody that it's not about talkin' the talk but walkin' the walk.

Pope Francis: Quotations On Finance, Economics, Capitalism And Inequality

Pope Francis: One Of The Most Powerful Critiques Of Capitalism You Will Ever Read

http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2015/03/pope-francis-one-of-most-powerful.html

Pope Francis: "This Economy Kills"

http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2015/01/pope-francis-this-economy-kills.html

Catholic Social Teaching

http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2015/01/catholic-social-teaching.html

Pope Francis: Moving The Moral Compass 
From "The Individual" Toward "The Collective"
http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2015/01/pope-francis-moving-moral-judgment-from.html

Pro-Science Pontiff: Pope Francis On Climate Change, Evolution And The Big Bang

http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-pro-science-pontiff-pope-francis-on.html

Pope Francis: What Christianity Looks Like When Believers Realize "God Is Love"

http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2014/12/pope-francis-what-happens-when-jesus-is.html



Let's get Catholic-convert-to-Mormonism, Glenn Beck 
-- and all Fox celebrities -- 
to take the test!

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"You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.'"
Tom Weston S. J.





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