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(Note: The context of the following is an essay by Benjamin L. Corey, an Anabaptist, addressing the idolatry of guns amongst some Christians. )
Remember, he is blindly rationalizing his idolatry. Using Old Testament narrative to that end.
I would also suggest that those inclined to doing so, have made a golden calf out of the Bible and a deity out of Jesus.
No actual interest in God realization.
If only Jesus had been packing his Glock. The message would have been so much easier to interpret. Right?
Spared us from the ambiguity of Easter Bunnies as well.
F. Everett – ” It is an absolute travesty that someone would take the Holy Word of God and twist it to push the 2nd amendment agenda of Obama and the political left.”
The travesty is deifying politics. Best not speak for Jesus until that is clear.
If the redeeming aspect of the sacrifice is completely misinterpreted, where does the fault lie?
What attachment blinds the eye?
Where is the evidence of redemption?
Is death real that you should fear it? All the time clinging to your “stuff”?
Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s
Politics is a seductive distraction from the awareness of Singularity.
Why isn’t that clear to more people?
We’re studying a very visceral attachment here. I believe that gimpi1 had it quite correct when she linked it to libido.
Mindfulness requires commitment and lots of practice.
I’ll take a moment to praise the Mennonites for their creed of “non-violence”. They worked hard to keep us out of Iraq, but the tide of blood lust was too strong. That and a cartel of bent “Christians” in league with the “Military Industrial Complex”.
Let’s extend “guns” to “nuclear arsenal”. What could be the reason for it’s existence other than fear? A fear that overrides any concern for the utter sin of it’s existence or, “God forbid”, its deployment.
Let’s extend “gun control activists” to “anti nuclear activists”. What could be their reason for trying to wake us up?
Yes, fear is pervasive on both sides of the argument. What do you suppose the solution is? Who are we afraid of?
What do you suppose Jesus would have to say about that?
I don’t get the atonement thing at all. What I understand from the cross, is that he showed us death is not real. God is Eternal and we are not separate from God.
If we ignore that, then of course we live the way we continue to live. Running away from a phantom. Grasping at shiny things.