I’m pretty angry tonight. People are being stupider than usual and if you know my general attitude toward humanity you know that’s saying something. The source of my discontent this evening is, of course, the incestuous Beltway Bendover for Ass Access Butt Sniffing Feces Flinging Media and their Hollywood for the Ugly Uncle Brother Wife Sisters in the institutional political class.
Never heard a preacher like Reverend Wright before? Did you sanctimonious morons ever GO to Church or are you Christmas/Easter Christians? Can’t remember the last time? You’re going to burn in hellfire for eternity you GOD DAMN SINNERS!
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND YOUR OWN GOD DAMNED RELIGION!
NOBODY is worthy to sit at the feet of the Lord your God. You were “conceived in sin (disobedience)” which is why SEX IS EVIL! There is not a one among that doesn’t offend the sight (not to say smell, for you stink of death and corruption) of your vengeful jealous GOD who doesn’t care whether it’s a Golden Calf or Mammon that you put before him, and thinks that coveting and killing and lying and stealing ARE EVIL! Who would demand the sacrifice of your first born son and punish you (to say nothing of your innocent kin- wives, children, servants, livestock, whatever) ON A BET!
Wrath of God?
But he loves you. Nope, really.
In addition to smiting your enemies for real estate, he loves you enough that he incarnated some part and yet all of himself into a fully HUMAN being who lived his whole life without sinning at all, Jesus Christ our Saviour.
If you believe in some carefully selected texts of dubious historical provenance called The Gospel (and I know you believe that they’re the inerrant Word Of God) Jesus was a teacher with at least 2 strong messages; one of which I’m going to characterize as temporal and social, and the other of which I’m going to characterize as spiritual and to hell with parallelism.
Jesus’ Social message was that there are things God can do for you other than smiting your enemies.
He can make you kinder and more compassionate. He doesn’t much care for the greedy and sanctimonious. He’s not that into violence toward others even when provoked.
Jesus’ Spiritual message was unmerited favor by grace.
By believing that he was the incarnation of God sent here to spread God’s message of love and forgiveness of sin, you can spare yourself the torment of an eternity of existence after death separated from God’s presence. The proof is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead (plus assorted other miracles).
Some Christians think that outward prosperity is an indicator of God’s grace. Some Christians think that sacrifice guarantees prosperity. Some Christians think that avoidance of sin through conformist behavior is sufficient, but they are mistaken because the OMNIPOTENT GOD who sees the fall of every sparrow can look straight into your heart and mind and knows your EVERY unworthy motivation and secret. Every lazy self indulgent moment of your stinking existence for which there is not enough incense for the nostrils of GOD!
When was the last time you washed the wounds of a leper?
But even the mildest of Christians contend that evidence of acceptance of the teaching of Jesus is that you strive to emulate his actions. Heal the sick. Help the poor. Turn the other cheek. Love your neighbor as yourself and forgive them their trespasses.
Some people are not Christians. People like me for instance who don’t believe in God at all and follow teachers who have something to say about the human condition in practical terms and find other excuses for altruism than fear of punishment.
Can deathbed acceptance forgive a life of sin? Are you repentant enough?