Monday, October 26, 2009

How cruel can religion be?

How cruel can religion be?
Pretty cruel, it turns out...

We know Hindus banished widows for centuries - reduced them to begging and prostitution, or death, because their husband had the audacity to die on them. Muslims routinely kill girls, forcing fathers and brothers to kill their own family, because of "dishonor."

In todays reading the Jewish religion showed a cruel side.

8 -9Jesus said, "Get up, take your bedroll, start walking." The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off."

Jesus healed a man who had been a cripple for 38 years. The response should have been incredible joy...

9 -10 "That day happened to be the Sabbath. The Jews stopped the healed man and said, "It's the Sabbath. You can't carry your bedroll around. It's against the rules."
11But he told them, "The man who made me well told me to. He said, 'Take your bedroll and start walking.'"
12 -13They asked, "Who gave you the order to take it up and start walking?" But the healed man didn't know, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd."

The concentration of the religious ones was on the fact that this former cripple was carrying something on the Sabbath, the day designated for rest and the glorification of God!

14A little later Jesus found him in the Temple and said, "You look wonderful! You're well! Don't return to a sinning life or something worse might happen."
15 -16The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. That is why the Jews were out to get Jesus—because he did this kind of thing on the Sabbath.
17But Jesus defended himself. "My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I."

Jesus is FOR you...

But religion can be cruel...

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