Thursday, October 9, 2014

Christianity does not Teach Good Morality Part 3.1

Short and sweet again, because I'm still editing my post for Matthew (I've decided that each gospel gets its own part, because holy shit have you ever read the damn things from a modern morals point of view?), but this deserves special, separate mention.  Open up your bibles - should you have them - to Matthew, specifically chapter 5.  From there, find verse 39.  Read that for me.  Yes, you did read that right.  "Do not resist the one who is evil."  Now, I grant you that the surrounding verses make this seem benign, but notice the implications of all of it, especially when third parties are involved.

The surrounding verses all only talk about evil that is done to you.  Not one word about evil that is done to a third party.  What we have to do is extrapolate what Jesus wants you do to in those cases based on what is given here.  In all of the accompanying verses, Jesus tells you to give the evil one more of what he wants from you.  It is thus implied that he wants you to do the same for third parties.  If someone steals, give them even more money (thus further rewarding their deeds).  If someone murders, either kill another person for them or find them another victim, possibly yourself. Don't - as we would do today - try to, you know...stop them.

Like I said, good morality this ain't.

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