Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Bible Lesson For Herman Cain

Last week I saw this story about Herman Cain's 2010 short essay on Jesus called: The Perfect Conservative.

In it Herman writes: 'He led without a mandate. He taught without a script.'

Herman, those assertions are simply untrue. Of course Jesus had a mandate: He was on a mission from God to save the world. And His script was the scriptures, which foretold of His coming. If you were a true believer you would know that Jesus quoted and lived them; pre-existed and wrote them.

Herman also writes: 'He helped the poor without one government program. He healed the sick without a government health care system. He fed the hungry without food stamps.'

And by having done so Christ calls on you to do the same--especially you, who aspire to political leadership. If your faith was great, you too could do these things without money or government. But since your faith is clearly not sufficient to accomplish these deeds miraculously, exactly how do you as a 'Christian' president intend to provide food and health care for the poor? From what I've heard, you not only have no intention of helping the less fortunate, but further plan to curtail and destroy existing government programs that currently serve their needs.

Herman also writes: 'The liberal court found him guilty of false offenses and sentenced him to death all because he changed the hearts and minds of men with an army of twelve.'

The court that tried and sentenced Jesus to death was the Sanhedrin, a council of chief priests and elders, taken from the sects of the Pharisees and Sadducees, who strictly clung to their old order. Caiaphas was the high priest.

The Sanhedrin a liberal court? Let us first consider the dictionary definition of liberal: 'Not limited to or by established traditional, orthodox or authoritarian attitudes, views or dogmas; free from bigotry.'

That describes Jesus Christ; He was the liberal; and the Sandhedrin was the orthodox tradition that He supplanted.

The Pharisees and Sadducees were the keepers and judges of the law of Moses. They were very much the conservatives of ancient Israel. They were also hypocrites, and repeatedly denounced as such by Jesus. When Jesus taught not to put new wine into old wine skins, the new wine was the gospel, and the old wine skins were the Pharisees and Sadducees. That is why Jesus chose fishermen and tax collectors to receive and spread His word. Regarding themselves the holy men of Israel, the Pharisees and Sadducees resented that He came not first to them, and feared His influence greatly. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and our nation. John 11:48. Therefore they resolved to have him put to death--Caiaphas said it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. John 11:50. To that end they had made a deal with the devil, insomuch as they paid Judas (Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (John 6:70)) to betray him, and when He was brought before the court, where He openly professed to be Christ, they convicted him of blasphemy and condemned Him.

That is a conservative court sentencing an innocent liberal to death.

The perfect conservative? Nay, Jesus is the greatest liberal. You have everything upside down and backwards, Herman. You've twisted the truth to suit your own perverted understanding, and in so doing mock God while misleading anyone fool enough to listen to you. Is that what you preach in your church? You are as the scriptures describe, a false prophet, an inwardly ravening wolf. The scriptures also warn against you who misinterpret the Bible: in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destructions. 2 Peter 3:16.

2 comments:

  1. "Let us pray not that God is on our side. Let us pray rather that we are on His." Let us do what He did - accept the unpopular people; love the outcast, the leper, the prostitute, the IRS, the foreigner. Pray less for the righteous than for the troubled. The quote above is attributed to Lincoln but may be apocryphal. Still good tho.

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  2. Although I am a freethinker, I also think you are 100% correct in your assessment of the mythical (or actually legendary) person we now call Jesus. I was brought up in a mainstream Protestant sect, the Episcopaleans, and left when it finally dawned on me that although the church took its name from the pastoral titles of Christ, it was really The Church of the Good Cadillacs. As the late Abraham Maslow pointed out, Christian churchgoers every Sunday mouth rote gospel with not an iota of insight into what their prophets really preached. Atheists know far more about religion than believers as a rule. But you are right: Jesus was an ultra-liberal and his judges belonged to what we, in the 60s, called The Establishment.

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