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  •  Thou shalt not bear false witness Bill (0+ / 0-)

    For an accurate discussion of many of Jesus's teachings as concerns social justice, and the inadequacy of "charity" to address human needs, please see this exhaustive personal discussion by a contemplative Christian democratic socialist who lived through the changes in the Southern Baptist faith: http://gardenvarietydemocraticsocialist.files.wordpress.com/....
    Tracing back to fundamentalist literature based on the Sermon on the Mount in the 1950's, it is apparent that Mr. O'Reilly's interpretation is not only unsound scripturally but also that is inconsistent with sincere conservative Christian teaching materials in the middle part of the last century. What changed? In a word: Nixon. In the 1960's, Nixon and those who wanted him elected infiltrated the Southern Baptist Convention and other fundamentalist denominations, in part because of concern over the threat from the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Paranoia about "end times" fit marvelously as well with the southern strategy and social uncertainty of the 1960's, especially as concerns the Vietnam War. While Mr. O'Reilly may not burn in hell, assuming there is not such a place, he should be ashamed, if that were possible in his case. He will sell a lot of copies of this book because fundamentalists' pumps have been primed with conservative political myths for decades, and the need to overlook clear doctrine mandating a loving society is so profound. "God is love," and she is pissed.
       

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    by Galtisalie on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:32:01 AM PDT

    •  That awful Roman "Welfare State" had to go! (0+ / 0-)

      The Judgment of the Nations

      When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

      (Matthew 25:31-46, NRSV.)

      My avatar is a photograph I took in 2008 of the headwaters of a waterfall in the imperiled Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on La Gomera, birthplace of my paternal grandfather, in the Canary Islands near the Sahara Desert.

      by Galtisalie on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:46:31 AM PDT

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      •  O'Reilly Needs to Tell H.G. Wells and John Updike (0+ / 0-)

        On pages 53-54, of http://gardenvarietydemocraticsocialist.files.wordpress.com/... Francisco Nejdanov Solomin talks about his reaction to H.G. Wells' classic historical depiction of Jesus:

        "Somewhat like David in John Updike’s Pigeon Feathers, published in 1961, I was greatly influenced by Wells’ book when I chanced upon it, only in a positive rather than a disconcerting way. Instead of the historical revelations, such as the demystification of Jesus, serving as a source of angst, I was encouraged by the human-empowering descriptions, including the assertion that 'a myth grew, and then a church, whose theology at most points was in direct contradiction of the simple, rather communistic teachings of the Galilean.'"

        My avatar is a photograph I took in 2008 of the headwaters of a waterfall in the imperiled Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on La Gomera, birthplace of my paternal grandfather, in the Canary Islands near the Sahara Desert.

        by Galtisalie on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 09:51:35 AM PDT

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