“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” – Matthew 22:39
These are allegedly words from Jesus Christ, and his life and teachings are what Christianity is based on. Christians believe that Jesus voluntarily suffered and died for man’s sin, and are supposed to follow his example, accept his words to be true, and worship him as God’s son.
Jesus taught mostly about love and forgiveness, and his name is derived from the Aramaic name ‘Yeshua’, Hebrew ‘ישוע’, meaning ‘God is salvation’, and is a figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, which make up the three Abrahamic religions.
Is hating atheists an example of love?
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” – Matthew 5:7
Mercy, by definition, is compassion or kindness, and the choice to forgive someone who you have an influence over, who you could cause harm to. The above quote suggests that if you show mercy, then upon your judgement by God, he will repay your good deeds by reciprocating with mercy.
Is the projection of homophobia showing mercy?
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5
Meek, by definition, as the Bible implies, means willing to follow gospel teachings; an attribute of a true disciple. Meekness is essentially having the ability to show empathy, and humility to others, and when the end times come, God will come down to rule the Earth, and the meek will gain dominion over the entire world.
Is supporting a misogynistic, venal, racist President an example of being meek?
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 7:12
This is an interesting quote as an ‘essence’ is something’s meaning, or importance, and literally covers all that Christians should strive to be. It’s a simple code of practise that any true Christian would be able to adhere to without much trouble.
It’s mentioned several times in the Bible, and has even been defined as the ‘Golden Rule’. It’s an ethic of reciprocity which is a moral principle that most religions have adopted. It also covers freedom of speech, in that whilst people have the right to express how they feel, a Christian should not rise to provocation, however much they’re pressured.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” – Matthew 7:1-2
Would a Christian wish to be called a sub-human communist, who works for Satan? I’ve been called that on more than one occasion for being a Humanist. Do illegal immigrants who are fleeing oppression and trying to get into the ‘land of the free’, deserve being called a filthy, disease spreading, rapist, criminal immigrant, who’s no better than vermin?
If the story of the nature of Jesus is to be believed, there’s no way he’d turn someone away who desperately needs sanctuary. Not only is Christianity as a whole hypocritical, but it doesn’t follow the moral advice of the person whom they worship, and this is why during indoctrination they must have to sacrifice their conscience.