Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Where Did Christianity Go Wrong?

I'm a conservative and a big fan of Jesus despite being Jewish. (I like Bush's handling of the war too.)

Most of what passes for Christianity these days looks to me like exactly what Jesus was fighting. Men without understanding acting like they know something and using power to enforce what they think they know.

If we had more humility about our ignorance we would not be so quick to punish. Wasn't that the message of Jesus? Or did I miss it?

Why did Jesus hang out with the outcasts? Was there a message there?

I always thought Jesus was very libertarian in his political outlook. Punish crime, regulate vice.

When this country was founded its leaders were, each in his own way, very religious. The country had a much more libertarian flavor. Over time we have lost our true Christianity. Thus the growth of government. It has to. Crime is limited, vice is not.

Well vice will be stomped. The food police are coming to keep an eye on the eaters. Just deserts so to speak.


denisdekat said...

Starts with Genesis ;)

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

10 26 05

Hey M. Simon:
I agree. I oft ponder why so many so called Christians preach and perpetuate hatred. It seems as though Jesus might not have liked that. People love to forget about him kicking it with undesirables, as you aptly mentioned. Nor do they recall the lovingkindness with which he approached all humans except those stuck to the Letter of the Law and not the SPIRIT of the law. Yeah, that is the problem people who accept words over concepts! Great Post!

Dr. Bill Kevan said...

Thanks M. Simon,

It's nice to see someone who agrees with me.

I've known a great many Christians, some good and some not so good.

I think there's a vision, a fire that some people have-regardless of religion. It's a view of the way things could be. It’s what drives us to be kind, to be human.

I think some people look to Jesus as a way to embody that vision or fire. Some people look Mohammed. Some look to Moses.

But some use these people to further their own agenda. They draw near to God with their lips, but their hearts are far from them.

~Dr. Kevan
my blog

Dr. Bill Kevan said...

Thank you for your correction on my blog.

Out of curiosity, do you have a religious affiliation?

Just curious.


Unknown Pundit said...

I've noticed the same thing with so many religious people, especially Christians. To their credit, I'm not aware of any Christian that would expect the govt. to force one to worship God. However, most of these same people support laws that expect you to live your life as if you do.

Whatever happened to the attitude of "But for the grace of God, there go I."? The religious communities' support of vice laws has had a profound effect on the attitudes of most religious people. When looking at a prostitute or a drug addict, most religious people see a criminal in need of punishment for breaking the law instead of seeing a sinner in need of God's love and redeeming grace.

One of the earlier posters is correct, most modern Christians have come mirror the Pharisees and Sadducees of 2000 years ago. It is very sad to me.