Are you serious?

Posted: July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
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So yesterday was Sunday and as part of my religion we worship and study together on Sundays. I am a member of the baptist denomination of the Christian religion. Being part of the religion our religious text is the Bible. The religious text for the Christian religion was canonized and confirmed and while the old testament of the text has some differences depending on what denomination you are the new testament has all the same books inspite of religion. Yesterday we studied from the book of 1 Peter. 1 Peter is a letter written from Peter to the christian followers. Peter was the Bishop of Christianity in Rome when he wrote the letter and the part of the letter we read yesterday was a tough pill to sallow.

“Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.” 1 Peter 2: 18

See what I mean? It is a tough one isn’t it? i mean slavery has to be among one of the most vile crimes that happens. Slavery has been and is still described as wicked and abhorrent. It takes away a man or woman’s power  often times violently. On first glance this scripture looks like an endorsement for the wicked actions but it is not. See the bishop Peter is not addressing the masters of slaves he is speaking to the slaves themselves. There were Christians all over the Roman empire who were enslaved and where hearing this letter. The leader of Rome during the time that Peter was bishop was Nero. Nero ruled Rome with an iron fist. He promoted the Roman culture created theaters and sports and it is rumored that he hated Christians. Under Neros rule the independent thoughts and culture of Christains, a culture of compassion and respect may have been seen as weakness to Nero and a threat to his culture of competition and pursuit of the best. Maybe Nero did not see the benefit in employing compassion for men or women? I am not sure but there was a lot of persecution going on simply for excising ones religion.  Among this persecution was slavery. It was not uncommon for a Roman to have a few slaves run his household.  These slaves were now being told by their spiritual leader that they should respect their Roman masters.

But when we read the bishops full letter we see that he mentions before this part of the letter the joy a christian will experience in the after life and we also see that the bishop asks that the followers of Christianity employ faith. Faith that for some reason this suffering, this slavery, was allowed to happen by God and that God in his time would end mans suffering.

Now earlier I mentioned that the Christian faith had both new and old testament in their religious texts and that all denominations agreeded on the new testament cannon but not all agreed on the old testament cannon.  One book included in some denominations and not in others cannon for the old testament is the book of Maccabees.  This book tells the story of the slave revolt in Judea. The slave revolt was lead because the slaves were denied the right to worship and exercise their faith. The slave revolt was successful and shortly after the success their was decession in the now free men ranks. The debate was as to whether or not the nation should continue to fight or not.  Some of the leadership saw the success and in that success saw opportunity to expand their nation. But see this expansion was beyond worship.

The bishop later in his letter mentions that one should never compromise his religion. The religion of Christianity to me in this letter from Peter is one of love compassion and faith and according to the bishop when we are permitted from exercising our religion then it is ok to disobey our masters. However the chance to employ compassion love and faith is more often not used than it is taken away from men and women.

Now I am not not sure what religion you exercise but I know this one thing. We as a society do not have enough people doing good. We have a lot but, not enough.

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Charles Dickens

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Maya Angelou


No matter what your religious affiliation is I challenge you today to respect everyone and do something good.





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