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05 December 2015 @ 05:52 am
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  
Charles Pierce traces “prayer shaming” back to the Originator.
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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on December 5th, 2015 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yes! 'Bout damn time!

I don't think most of these 'Pharisees and hypocrites' believe in Jesus at all. Not that I believe in him myself - heh, I don't even believe in the objective existence of my own tutelary deities - but I was brought up by people who truly and devoutly did believe in him. So I know what true Christianity looks like, and - far more important - how it lives when nobody is watching.

If these jerks really believed that Christ is coming back "to judge the quick and the dead", they'd be doing the things Christ told them to do, and not doing the things he told them not to do. Q.E.D.
Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)anton_p_nym on December 5th, 2015 03:20 pm (UTC)
If these jerks really believed that Christ is coming back "to judge the quick and the dead", they'd be doing the things Christ told them to do, and not doing the things he told them not to do. Q.E.D.

I've made the distinction before that the US religious right is more interested in following "the Bible" than the teachings of Jesus, if you keep in mind that their concept of "the Bible" bears as much resemblance to Christian religious texts as their concept of "the Constitution" does to the body of fundamental laws for the US government.

-- Steve wishes all those American advocates of "Christian values" would remember that the Sermon of the Mount is supposed to be among them. Even if he thinks the whole saviour thing is rather daft, that part was rather nice.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on December 6th, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
The Sermon on the Mount is the 'meat' of the teachings of Jesus. All the other words attributed to him were spoken to small, private groups of his disciples and friends; the Sermon is the only time he's reported as addressing "the multitude".

I agree that the whole saviour thing is rather daft, but there are a lot of people who claim to believe in it. Some of them truly do believe in it, and thus they go about the world helping the poor and oppressed, healing the sick, forgiving their enemies, and working for peace. Then there are the others - "hypocrites and Pharisees" - who do the opposite. Jesus made it inescapably clear that he would not acknowledge 'followers' who only paid him lip-service.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on December 5th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, I was going around thinking vaguely, "Huh, I thought you weren't supposed to pray on the street corner, right?" I'd forgotten about that passage, which I associate primarily with the book Pollyanna. The minister is going to make it his text but decides to do a joyous text instead. The author obviously expected readers to be intimately familiar with the Bible, but I was raised by lapsed and still very angry Catholics and Baptists, so I wasn't.

P.