Mudcat Café message #1390921 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77771   Message #1390921
Posted By: Little Hawk
28-Jan-05 - 12:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Religious Left
Subject: RE: BS: The Religious Left
I think Jesus' general attitude and teachings were pretty close to socialism. He rendered public service, not for profit but for the public good. He didn't charge a fee. He sought results, not profits. He encouraged equal treatment of all and equal sharing of resources. Sounds a lot like socialism to me.

He threw the moneylenders out of the temple, because it was holy and they didn't belong there. Sounds like socialism to me.

He advocated forgiveness, not judging others, and practicing non-violence. Now THAT's revolutionary! It goes way beyond either capitialism or socialism, and it is exactly what Gandhi and other great spiritual people in modern times have taught. That takes far greater courage and compassion than the average person is seemingly capable of.

The churches and religious orders which rose in Jesus' name after his death mostly betrayed and subverted his teachings...particularly after the 4rth centurh. Mostly. They sought money, political power, and domination, and they were anything but nonviolent, anything but forgiving of those who stood in their way. Their hands were red with the blood of the innocent.

Jesus was NOT a Christian! He was an inspired teacher. Such teachers are completely beyond ANY denominational identity, because they teach what transcends all denominations. Those who followed after Jesus invented Christianity, so don't blame him for its excesses and stupidities. He did not recommend or commit those excesses or stupidities. His misguided followers did, in his name...and they did it because they were mostly incapable of rising to the level which he communicated in his teachings.