88. "Christianity isn't confined to the teachings of christ." In response to In response to 86 Fri Nov-13-20 02:06 PM by Cold Truth
Considering Matthew 5:17-19,
"17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. 18 For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
So if you believe in it, ALL that shit is valid, not just the words he says.
2 Thessalonians chapter 3:10
"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat."
You don't get to confine the "valid" beliefs of the religion solely to the words of one person within that religions holy book. So yeah, if you buy into this, if a man doesn't work... he can fucking starve.
Of course, that doesn't jive with other parts, which is a huge problem that goes to the heart of it's validity. The problem is that it's largely a work of fiction.
The bible is a "choose your own adventure" book, and it requires all manner of gymnastics and apologetics to disregard the countless moral failures that don't quite mesh with personal moral standards.
The same way those people can lean into this verse to justify not helping the poor, others can lean into James 1:27, telling you that pure religion is to visit the orphaned and widowed, or Matthew 19:21, telling you to sell all your earthly belongings.
The way you do that? You simply disregard the parts that are inconvenient.
You know, like Exodus 21, which is a literal instruction manual on how to obtain slaves, treat them, and how to work around the rules in order to keep your Hebrew indentures servants... or, for all those "pro life" folks, Numbers 5:11, which is an instruction manual on how to induce miscarriage in your wife, if you believe she's committed adultery.
All you have to do is ignore all that vile shit, and focus squarely on the warm, fuzzy parts that sound good and comport with our collective morality, in reality.
That works in much the same way as you can look at your income, ignore all your expenses and debts, in order to pretend that you have more in your bank account has a higher balance than it actually does.