Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Students' Sketchpad: The Story of Meritocratic Jesus

Brilliant and hilarious political satire. To understand why its actually NOT anti-Christian, please read the following Harper's article entitled, The Christian Paradox, which explores, dissects and explains the dichotomy between on the one hand, what Jesus said and what he was meant to represent. And on the other, the positions currently taken by the Christian Religious Right as well as the sentiments held by the nominally Christian USA.

Taken from a related post, I had the following to say,

Thought I do not share such a faith, I have tremendous respect for persons of such a faith when they are not Fundamentalist, for how does believing in the literal word of God (or divinely inspired, The Bible) lead one to the conclusions they have? Secularism: Render unto Caesar what is Caesar and unto God what is God. Equality of Man. Love, Peace and Tolerance: New Testament, the new covenant with God. Death Penalty: even in the Old Testament, the Jews believed that Vengeance is Mine saith the Lord and they did not feel it was the duty much less the right of Man to kill another. They hedged the death penalty is so many exceptions and requirements that I doubt any one was killed. In the New Testament, there was "Jesus' explicit refutation in the New Testament: "You have heard that it was said, 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also."

If self-professed faith was all that was needed to make the world the better place, America should lead the world. But yet it is the seemingly 'Godless' Scandinavian countries doing the things like giving aid not just to their poor and needy and to other nations' as well.

Some of the comments on the blog gave me hope that the religious left was aware of the problems fundamentalism was posing to their religion. One can only hope it is not too late.




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