I’ve had to read parts of the gospel of Matthew for my ancient history class and…I just find it so sad.
Jesus says to one guy, “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; then come, follow me.”
And a few lines later, he says “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
He curses people who turn his temple into a “den of robbers.”
I just feel so sad thinking how far modern Christianity has strayed from what Jesus wanted. These mega rich industrial capitalists thanking God for making them wealthy…really make me sick. Actually read what Jesus wanted before throwing the Bible around, you creeps. I’m an agnostic, but even I can see where Christianity went horribly wrong.
Jesus’s temple temper tantrum is my favorite story in the New Testament. I like to think about reenacting it every time I think about megachurch leaders or faith healers or other self-righteous capitalists.
my best friend is an atheist, but whenever she is comforting me with something in my life she uses examples of God to help me because she knows it makes me feel better, and vice versa, when i comfort her i never bring up God because i respect that it’s not something that helps or works for her
i feel like this is a model of how the world should work
that is perfect
Dear Asshole Atheists…
See, this? This I like. No “I’ll pray for you” where it isn’t wanted or needed, no “where is your god now” when that’s just upsetting…
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
we’re doing this rn in theology class but im gonna be That Person and ask for a source because this sounds legit but if im gonna talk about this im gonna need to cite something
ok found a few sources for this actually so Yes this seems like a solid reading of the quote
http://www.ualberta.ca/~cbidwell/DCAS/third.htm (about a third of the way down)
I need someone to preach this. I’ll have to use it in some spoken word at church.
Jesus said slap that hoe back.
Yay, sources! I heard this a while ago but didn’t have any evidence to go on. I’m so glad. That passage isn’t about being nice to your oppressors, turning the other cheek isn’t an act of passivity. It’s about turning the tables and taking back dignity. It’s about shaming those who would oppress. People don’t seem to get that Jesus wasn’t a ‘bear your yoke quietly’ kind of guy. He was an agitator and a radical, and these kind of readings inspire me so much to fight, not just people on the street but people in the church who would have us accept their toxic teachings and ask for more.
Yeah, shit like this? Just proves how much those in power deliberately warp shit to their benefit. They twist any sort of resistance to the status quo to be utterly useless and then sneak it into everything as subtle propaganda. Like how “violence is never the answer” and “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” are the twisted versions that deprive folks of justice. No revolution was truly 100% bloodless, tho history can be rewritten to erase that fact, or skew it to serve as fear-mongering bullshit.
I will reblog ever time it’s on my dash. This is important.