It is amazing that some still think sex is dirty...oh, I mean unless in marriage. So how is it that suddenly it becomes "holy" or acceptable. What is the logic here? There is not any logic here - it is dogma taught by religions, parents, nations that want to control. Sex is very power-ful and fills the controlling with fear.
So how can it be "wrong" to show love? Most religions say to love one an-other. Hmmm. So it's ok to tease, go "so far" etc. = torture. But it is wrong to give your-self to another? Hmm.
Of course, we need discretion. With all the date rape [about 4/10 girls in Canadian universities experience some form of sexual abuse or rape], precautions need to be taken [like putting chastity belts on men]. This huge topic can't be explored now. So in a loving relationship, how can it be wrong to show love through touch?
Some may cite a few - yes - only a few exist - passages in the New Testament. Of course the verses will be taken out of context - to support the doctrine. But once again, most of issues like culture, language, history, power, etc. will be ignored. The entire bible will be dismissed in favour of a few verses.Good ole PAC theology [Pick and Choose].
Let's look at most of the "great" men of the bible. Certainly having more than one wife and as many concubines [unmarried baby machines] was the goal. Why? This showed wealth and power. Women had no rights and men most often were disgusted to even have sex - such as St. Augustine. Regardless, having sex was not some moral sin like some extremists say today.
So to stay pure, you don't have premarital sex. So if you don't exercise, smoke, eat crap food, polluting your body, you are still "pure"?
So you drive and pollute the air but you are still pure?
So you bomb Iraq and kill 2000000000 for oil and for hegemonic reasons and you are still pure?
James says "true and pure religion is controlling your tongue and caring for the poor and widows". Nothing about sex - but about giving of one-self to help others.
Jesus stresses giving of one-self, sacrificing for one an-other. We are to die to ourselves daily. Yet the church diverts attention to things that will enforce the status quo. This diversion results in a legalistic destructive religion. Let's see the churches stress selling their possession to give to the poor [cf. Acts 2, 4]. And let's see religious people get on the bus, bike or feet and try to stop polluting their brothers'/sisters' air, land and water [actually God's land: Lev.25]!
Sunday, 16 April 2017
So which story
Would you like to tell your kids
And broadcast from
The roof tops?
One about some dirty peasant dude
Un-educated, unshaven, illiterate
Un-educated, unshaven, illiterate
Charged with sedition
Hugging prostitutes and Outcasts
Or one about a cute
Little bunny rabbit
[AKA Santa in a bunny suit]
Oh, btw, the bunny
Also poops out chocolate
I remember years ago
A Jesuit from El Salvador was
Sharing the meme thought
How dare he!!!
Coming from a war torn country
Trying to instill/in-spire com-passion [feel with]
In this land of peace, tranquility
The Christ did this and more
He embraced the ugly, the stinky, the home-less
And even women! [considered less than garbage then]
How dare he!
Christ didn't poop chocolate,
That I know of
But he didn't talk
no poop either!
Perhaps he was silly
Telling the RICH to sell all
And that God's kingdom
Belongs to the poor
Maybe he could relate
Since he was a vagrant,
A peasant he was
Some might say an Anarchist!
The authorities hated him
Assassinating him on a cross:
Like all those charged with treason
They clearly had good reason!
But as we search for bunny poop [yum]
Remember some dude was assassinated
For the oppressed
And that we, likewise, are to
Die to our-selves
Our greediness, lust of material goods
And to sacrifice
And stop the oppression
Both of humans
And of nonhumans
And "mother earth"
The SHELTER with which we all live in
But, most of all
Let us not forget
Especially the ones that have yummy poop!
Thursday, 9 March 2017
and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue,
he deceives himself
and his religion [/spirituality] is worthless.
James 1 makes it "pretty" clear that you are not a Christian or Jew if your words/you are out of control. No ifs and or buts. It's not about going to church, reading the bible, praying: it's about your words.
Let's hear that preached! James says your whole religion is worth-less! I hear the echoes "but we're sinners....saved by grace...not by works..." Okay - so ignore James then. This book almost didn't make it into the canon because it mirrors the shallow-ness of most peoples' ideas about what being religious means.
How can one 'love his neighbour' if s/he doesn't control his tongue? Impossible! So go to church, sing "songs of praise"...but it's all worth-less: UNLESS you control your speech.
So how do we keep a tight rein on our tongues? Do we just say sweet things to one another? We certainly should do that but we still need to speak the truth - but in love - and with gentleness. We need to check our egos at the door and sacrifice for the good of the other. Our words impact very deeply. They heal or hurt. We need to be healers! So we need to work on our character - to be more loving - both in words, actions and in our inner most be-ings.
How few Christians are willing to suffer! It takes patience and kindness not to just spew out words that may hurt another. But we are COMMANDED to die for our brothers - we are to serve - not to look to be served. Let us care more about impact of our words than about expressing what/how ever we want. We still need to be 'real' but with the benefit of the other as a priority. This is love. This is religion worthy of praise.
If we don't "live" our religion - PRACTICE in every aspect of our lives - it's worthless!