Wednesday, June 22, 2005

So I'm going to start using my blog as a depository for all the huge posts I make at (usually in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion forum).

Here's one:

As a religious person, I try to help people, not because it will get me into heaven or anything, but because I believe that people are worth helping. A humanist could feel the same way, without all the God stuff.

Honestly, people who believe like this guy are exactly the same as the pharisees that Christ rebuked when He was alive. They are far too concerned with the visible and with procedures and appearances. And if you're only motivation to do good is your fear of Hell, then you're an idiot. But this is the product of taking Christ's simple and beautiful religion and twisting it throughout the centuries for political and social gain.

Interestingly enough, if you study the scriptures long enough, you start to understand the whole picture of faith. People who are blessed because of their good deeds weren't looking for blessings. They were just doing good things because they knew it was the right thing to do. True discipleship means loving God and Jesus and your fellowmen so much that you want to do good things simply for the sake of doing them. So much so that you don't ask someone to convert before you give him food. But hey, I guess that's just my own crazy ideas about how faith is supposed to be. Unfortunately, most faiths are dominated by idiots like Colson.

But Colson's view is essentially apostate; he's ignoring a fundamental part of Christianity:

2 Cor. 9: 7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a ccheerful dgiver.
(emphasis added)
You're not supposed to do things just because God said, or because you'll get brownie points. Jesus solidified the principle with this parable:

But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
Matt 21: 28-31

Jesus is saying that people who do good because "that's what they're supposed to do" aren't going to make it. They've got the wrong idea. But if a hooker one day has enough heart to donate to the salvation army, even if it's just once, she's already in a better position. Because she did something simply for the sake of goodness, and not for a reward. Colson is not a true Christian.

And I wholeheartedly agree, the Religious Right and the Socialist Left are both completely tweaked.


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