December 14, 2004

The Beatitudes are Jesus’ gift to all Mankind: Part II


I comment on the Eighth Beatitude at this time, dear Journal, because, as we read it, Jesus Christ is offering the kingdom of heaven to any/all of us who are persecuted unjustly. Well, Dear Journal, according to evangelicals, we are reading incorrectly. Instead, It is evangelicals who are saved because we, the rest of us ridicule them. As we see the injustice of evangelicals acting upon the Neo-con ideology that it is the USA’s prerogative as the inheritor of the Christian Roman Empire to invade other nations as necessary, killing thousands of men, women, and children in the process, we are the evil ones who will go to hell because we are persecuting the poor evangelical Christians for believing that a Twenty-first century crusade in the Mid-east is necessary. Any time we see the injustice of an evangelical believing that it is necessary to protect women from the right to have an abortion, we will go to hell, and the evangelical will be saved for enslaving women to his / her beliefs. As we see the injustice of an evangelical believing that it is necessary to protect heterosexual men and women and the institutions of marriage and family from lesbians and gays by writing amendments to state constitutions, and a 28th amendment to the constitution of the United States of America, it is we who will go to hell and the evangelical who will be given the kingdom of heaven.

Additionally, it is the evangelical’s belief that should such intolerance and hate cause Armageddon, so be it, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven, and the rest of mankind, all 5 billion of us are predestined to go to hell.

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Instead, the evangelical Christian is wrong. There are those of us Liberal Christians who believe that Jesus Christ speaks to every man, woman, and child on the Earth. We believe that he speaks to the poor and the down trodden. We believe that Jesus speaks to the young woman who has been raped whether by her father, husband, boyfriend, or the unknown assailant. We believe that Jesus is speaking to the Lesbian mother, or the gay father as he would to any mother or father with love and great tenderness, for their work in raising their children holds the promise of the future of God’s good Earth. We believe that Jesus says to us all, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” We believe that Jesus is speaking to Jew, Arab, gentile (Greek) and Roman alike when he tells us all, “rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” We believe that Jesus Christ wished to save all mankind, not a few men and women who would elevate themselves at the expense of God’s entire creation here on Earth.

I will always read The Beatitudes as Jesus Christ’s personal gift to me, and to each and every one of us.

* “The Beatitudes,” Pinks Archive, http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/pinks_archive.htm, © Providence Baptist Ministries, Cranbury, Texas, Revised November 12, 2004, visited November 29, 2004; 10:58 AM EST.

* “Le Mettre Face a l’ Est,” Page Vibratoire de Jesus le Christ, “http://www.franzbardon.net/christ1.htm,” viewed Tuesday, December 14, 2004, 6:23 AM EST.


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