there’s too much love to go around these days

To which I added:

    1. Paragraph 1: Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried (entombed). On the third day he rose again, in fulfillment of the scriptures.

      Para 2: Jesus knew human nature better than anyone ever, surely. (It would be awful were this taken as sarcastic.)

      Para 3: Matthew was thethird to be written, and Jewish-Christians were just becoming known and, therefore, persecuted. Sureley Matthew is not lying, but nothing happens in a vacuum. Also, the Gospels must be taken as they are intended, which is touched on below by author and commentary.

      Para 4: This is not stated in Matthew. This is Paulism.

      Para 5: Absolutely spot on. Buuuut: Is Genesis to be taken literally? Exodus, when it is an easy-as-easy-gets fact, established in Hittite, Greek, Roman, Egyptian hagiography ad naueam that Egypt Did Not Ever Have Slaves. Also: cities for workers are found near every earthwork. When writing of God, and about God, one takes on a subject larger than language. …Also, the style of writing at the time did not consider “fact” as we do: All news was gossip, not video on the news. Etc. See history of writing, ca prehistory-100 BCE, Levant.

      Para 6: Paulism would have one believe that to believe Jesus was (which I do, yet am an atheist, while admiring Jesus above all other men) — particularly that he died, as he gave Jesus’s life terribly little import, as he had to shoehorn a living God into Roman pantheism, Gods of stone and silence — dead. And Jesus also Said: “12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Accepting Jesus as part of the Christian triune deity, which this passage from James argues against, as Jesus — as he does so often — clearly demarcates himself from the Father. Jesus says, You know me, How do you say you know not the Father? …Jesus did not mince one word. And so Once in his life, especially to make the above circumspect, Jesus would have stated: You know the Father because I Am That Is (the Father, YHWH). That Jesus not once says, simply, as was his wont when speaking: I am God the Father… Silence louder than bombs.

      Para 7: All nations did not include the Americas, making this point strange.

      To finish, Acts (authored by John) tells Christians, and humans altogether, how to honor and abide in the Lord, who returned once as he said he would, ascended into heaven to prepare a place for the holy (finish reading James) in which he would again appear to them — Heaven.

      “26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

      27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

      28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

      29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

      30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.”

      That is, if I may reduce the above art to lumpen clay: It is not God’s will, it is not Jesus’s will, that people should come to him by threats and through fear. Christianity became the dominant religion on earth because of the good these people did. Because they let themselves be torn apart by beasts before acting in anger.

      …Is the King James really so different from other versions, that I get the message, while so few others do?

      Last para: Atheists cannot lobby against it, because “it” is the Gospel. It was Christians who tried to ban “Tropic of Cancer” and lost before the Supreme Court that ensures, now, that no book shall ever be banned: Thankfully including The Bible, my personal favorite. And yes other governments that share a faith descended to them from Abraham — Jews, whom Jesus was and one ergo ought not disparage, methinks, Christianity, and Islam. The others are as tolerant of other faiths as these three are intolerant of each the other.

      I welcome dialogue re the matter. I blog on IncrediblyConsequential, which is not. …I added that not for promotion, but because one does not make an argument and ensure it cannot be challenged.

      Find me there.

      Your last post made a good point, but I differed, much the way we take “evidence” etc. …I’m a linguist.

  1. PS: Epidural. Labor can be quite un-laborious. Which makes one wonder if it is against God because this pain was the sentence of YHWH (in part) given humankind for Original Sin.

    …Another time…