Earlier today, here on Newsvine, someone asked (paraphrased):
Jesus said, "Thou shall not kill." Why is that so difficult for Christians to understand?
That's easy to answer. According to every version of the New Testament, these people are not Christians.
Why? Because Jesus, Himself, is quoted as saying that praising Him to others did not make anyone His follower. To be His follower, He said, one must actively FOLLOW HIS TEACHINGS.
If you buy this, then you must believe that:
- Those who violate His commandments or any of his other teachings, are not Christian;
- Those who advocate or participate in violence are not Christian;
- Those who kill, for any reason, are not Christian;
- Those who judge are not Christian;
- Those who bear false witness are not Christian;
- Those who covet are not Christian... and on and on down the list.
The trend these days is for a somewhat cohesive segment of self-professed Christians to advocate doctrine and behavior that are in direct contradiction of the teachings that Jesus imparted to us while he lived with us.
Another way to say "direct contradiction of Jesus' teachings" is "anti-Christ". There exist in the world today, especially in the US, groups claiming to represent the teachings of Jesus, that actually, advocate policies opposite to those of Jesus, and are attempting to take over governments and rule the world.
Anti-Christ? Government takeover? Does this ring a bell for y'all? What do you think?