14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”  [f]
“Nothing outside a person” that sounds as if he is saying that all the choices are yours and there is no excuse permissible for you to claim your environment or any other external circumstances might make it hard for you to get to heaven. It doesn’t matter what you encounter or see, your sin is your responsibility and no one else’s.
This resonates with me for the simple reason that hell is earned. Regardless of your particular belief structure, if you believe in a hell or subscribe to the idea of the netherworld, you earn it. It is a just sentence for committed actions. There are no false charges. So if your intent is pure of heart, you have nothing to worry about because it does not matter what you face, only your intent will cause marks in your copybook.
Now let’s take a look at a new document shall we?
First Amendment – U.S. Constitution
First Amendment – Religion and Expression
Amendment Text | Annotations
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” some take that at face value and believe it to mean only that we will not have an identified national religion. That is only one aspect. It has been said that marriage is an “establishment” of Christianity and god. Therefore, there can be no laws reflecting it. Which I interpret to mean that any marriage laws were already in violation of the Constitution and the court acted foolishly by making their ruling about licenses.
They should have just said there should be no restriction because the Constitution does not grant one.
The Ten Commandments at the court house are a clear violation of the First Amendment. They are not the basis of law or else they would all be applied evenly and they are not. The fact that a commandment or two share a common root, Hammurabi I believe, gives them no purchase power against the Constitution, and as an “establishment of religion” they have no place in a secular location for government law.
I don’t claim to be the most learned man in the world but in the same breath I will clearly state that as an organization of religion, Christians in the whole, need to muzzle those who refuse to live by the virtues of the teachings they have received.
Call it peer pressure or whatever you like but at this point the hate has gotten out of hand and the idea that everything revolves around the bible is a bit farfetched.
Christians may claim that they are not anywhere near as bad as groups such as the Islamic State, after all, they have not beheaded anyone for over a couple hundred years or so. But if we wish to claim that our society is civilized then we must accept the corollary.
Christians in America are not killing the body of those they consider as sinners, but they are killing the soul, the irony is that the soul in greatest peril is their own.
If there truly is a hell for transgressors, it is clearly stated that only individual actions can get you there. In that light, perhaps it is time to consider the plank in the Christian eye, before the dust in another?
Just a thought.