“Jesus Saves” or Jesus Slaves?
Catchy, huh? I was dragging the net and had this inspirational bit pop into my head. I may have seen it somewhere, I don’t know. Like my daughter says, I have “short memory loss.”
But what does it mean?
I’ve been walking around thinking to myself. Nothing unusual. But the question I’ve had to ask is, am I “anti-Christian?” The answer is, yeah, probably so.
Anti-Christian and “antiChrist” are two very different things. The “AntiChrist” is supposedly a guy who will take over the Christian church (except for a few who are not so stupid as to think he is Jesus) and the world. It’s all part of absurd end-times mythology, another blog subject. Anti-Christian means being opposed to Christians or Christianity or Christian doctrine. I’m not particularly opposed to “Christians,” unless they try to get in my face or judge me, but I am quite opposed to the religion called Christianity and entirely opposed to Christian doctrine.
So what does the title mean, “‘Jesus Saves’ or Jesus Slaves?” Just this. Are Christians just “sinners saved by grace” or are they slaves to a belief system that has them locked into a world view that holds them in a vice and won’t let them out? I suggest the latter is true.
The problem with Christianity isn’t the Christ. The problem is the system. The problem is the source. The problem is the indoctrination –make that brainwashing– Christians participate in. Christianity is not satisfied with the real world. The real world won’t work. The only world that will serve its true purpose is one it controls. Thus Christianity creates its own world. Christians are locked into that “other” world, a nether-world of half-fact but mostly fiction, and rarely have the courage or strength to get out of it. They are slaves to it.
1. the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition.
2. assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.
3. a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.
4. direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.
5. a contradictory act, fact, etc.
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Christianity refutes itself. It is “logically incongruous.” It is inconsistent. Anybody with half a brain can see it. No Christian will ever admit it. Well, this isn’t true. MANY Christians will admit it in a sideways kind of way. They’ll say, “maybe it doesn’t make sense to us” then cap their ignorance with, “but God’s ways are not our ways.” Immediately I ask, “if God’s ways are not your ways, how in the hell do you tell what is the right ways?”
Their answer, “The WORD!” Ahh, the Bible. “But don’t you know how contradictory THAT book is?”
The greatest contradiction in Christianity is the phrase “ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” These words, spoken by Jesus himself, indicates it was not his wish that those who follow him be slaves. How, then, did Christians become slaves?
In the world of Christianity the words of Christ never, ever had any meaning. Everything he taught was thrown out. I find it amazing that the Gospels even exist. I think they’re there merely as bait to catch the unwitting traveler with sweet phrases and succulent ideas. Once lured inside the prison of Christianity Jesus’ words are brushed aside and replaced with a whole library of rules and law.
I’m sure the Gospels are highly edited. I mean come on, Jesus ministered for three years and there’s only a few dozen pages of what he said? I don’t buy it. The words of such a person would have been recorded, repeated, written and memorized in detail. They are nowhere to be found. Why? Because those who preserved them the first couple hundred years were destroyed, killed off by self-serving “Christian” leaders who invented their own religion and labeled the true teachings of Jesus heretical.
In the third century, while “heretics” were being hunted down, the thing Christians call a Bible was meticulously crafted from a large collection of texts and carefully edited to say what it does. It’s no accident that Paul’s words fill so much and Jesus’ words fill so little of the book. It’s also no accident that Christianity wed itself to Judaism, either. Jesus wandered around the countryside near Jerusalem blasted the Jews, Judaism, legalism, and religion. He spoke of freedom and choice. Scant historical accounts confirm what the Gospels tell. How then did Jewish law creep back into Christianity?
Jewish law and Paul’s rule-filled epistles (if, indeed, Paul wrote them all or any of them) are part of the construct called Christianity. The construct worked better, most likely, than those who crafted it ever dreamed it would. Of course having the force of Roman Law to promote it helped quite a bit.
Using the Bible as a base, Christian leaders built doctrines, one upon the other, like blocks in a fortress, enclosing the Christian, separating the world of Christianity from everything else. Inside those walls believers have been lied to and manipulated, forced to participate in mental gymnastics until nothing makes any sense at all without the defining purpose of a “holy spirit.” Finally, Christianity insisted the wall was the dividing point between truth and lies. Venturing outside isn’t just a bad idea, it is a sin and a death sentence.
Thus Christians are Jesus Slaves. Even Paul says so. In fact, he was pretty clear in stating the “true” Christian never stopped being a slave. A Christian merely switches allegiance from “sin” to God. In Christianity, as in Nazi Germany, slavery really is freedom. Hitler wasn’t too popular for his declaration but Paul is lauded. Go figure.
On “Jesus Saves,” I just don’t know. It’s a nice idea. I can appreciate w hat the guy taught and I appreciate his death if it was for me. When it comes to being a Jesus Slave, all I can say is no thank you. Doesn’t work for me.
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