This has been a postulate of mine for a long time. But it is not until recently that I have been presented with several opportunities to prove my point and shed some light into the mechanisms that religion uses to say one thing and do another, especially in the topic of forgiveness.
One more time I would like to say how my posts on religion are NOT an attack on Christianity or Islam or Buddhism, my opinions are uncomplimentary to all organized religions and the hypocrisy and double standards they show.
Often we hear discussions where a religious person will have a “just because the Bible says” argument and will try to convince people that the book is divinely inspired and as such, “they live by it”. Before I get crucified by my Christian friends (pardon the pun) I will include a couple of quotes from The Book itself to support my arguments.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Recently, a prominent priest and member of the Catholic Church was “discovered” loving a woman and showing his love in a very “manly” way. Since then “padre Alberto” as his parishioners used to call him affectively, has been harassed, threatened, stalked and his house vandalized by good Christians that don’t seem to be able to find it in their hearts to forgive the man for being a man and breaking one of the oldest and more outdated “rules” of the catholic church: A priest shall not have sex (at least not with a woman).
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Proposition 8 in California sparked a religious debate out of all the possible things it could have done. Christians, Mormons, Muslims all united against the one thing they all hate: Gay guys.
You see, I think that anybody should be allowed to marry whomever they want, but that is beside the point. The point really is that a gay guy marrying another one does NOT disqualify in any way the validity, strength or sanctity (if there’s any) of any pre-existing or future heterosexual marriages.
So why is “The Church” so interested in denying these people the freedom to do something that doesn’t affect religion or religious people in any way? It is not like the “dangerous homosexuals” are asking to be allowed to marry BY THE CHURCH, they just want to go to city hall and do it, like everyone else does.
The only reason these churches are spending millions trying to stop these citizens from having a right that doesn’t alter life for anyone else is the judgment and condemnation of a group of people and their lifestyle. Not very “Christian” of them.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
George Tiller was assassinated, while attending his church because he was a doctor that practiced abortions. I’m not going to discuss the topic of abortion and I’m certainly not going to discuss the topic of whether abortionists should be killed or harmed or not (like there is anything to discuss on this topic).
What is interesting is the reaction of Christian groups and Christian commentators to Dr. Tiller’s murder. It seems that all of these good Christians have been rejoicing on the Doctor’s “getting what he deserves” and talking openly about how he belongs in hell and all sorts of related nonsense.
Who is going to be the first Christian to FORGIVE Dr. Tiller and who is going to be the first Christian to condemn (or forgive) his assassin?
I think forgiveness is a gift that one gives oneself. Hating someone else because of the judgment I have of them doesn’t harm them in any way, but it harms the one holding the grudge.
Think of the number of Catholics now following “padre Alberto” to the Episcopal church and renouncing the antiquated principles of the Roman church, the thousands of people finding out about the Mormon church’s unholy practices using the congregation’s money to pay for the Proposition H8 campaign and the millions of people questioning whether all these “good Christians” on TV condemning Dr. Tillman to fiery torments, have a hidden agenda.
The church has damaged itself by showing its inability to forgive like they are commanded to do by their own Holy book, the one that is so conveniently ignored selectively.
It makes me wonder why these Christians (and other religious individuals) think they have the monopoly of virtue. I think that their literal and selective interpretations of the Bible are totally intentional and are used to dominate and control people that blindly believe in what the church leaders say.
I’m sure some good Christian will rebut this post with Bible passages that condemn abortion, homosexuality and even sex and love between a man and a woman, to that person I say: Thank you for helping me make my point.