FAST FOOD (AD 2019): Fourth Helping
The teaching of Jesus, the Word (Logos) of God incarnate is a Divine Mandate to which all Christians must commit their total allegiance. When Jesus, the Creator—”All things were made through Him and without Him nothing would have been made” (Jn 1:1) speaks, unconditional obedience by the creature is the only rational, indeed the only sane, response. This is so because God’s Word (Jesus) is Truth, Reality, and Power—the only Truth, Reality, and Power that has eternal significance and that can effectively conquer evil and save each and every human being who has ever lived, who lives now, or who will ever live from eternal death.
The Christian who rejects Jesus’ teaching of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies, while at the same time calling Jesus “Lord,”brings into disrepute not only these teachings of Jesus, but also instantly tarnishes the credibility of all the teachings of Jesus, indeed, he or she publicly undermines belief in Jesus as God Incarnate. This practice, of Christian contradicting, correcting and/or dismissing Jesus on His teaching on how He wants His followers to deal with violence and enmity, is Divinity denying. No amount of money nor state of the art public relations brainwashing techniques can totally camouflage the denial of Divinity implicit in contradicting, correcting and dismissing the teaching of the Word (Logos) of God “made flesh.” To proclaim that Someone is God “made flesh” and that “through Him all things were made and without Him nothing would have been made” and then in the next breath to pooh-pooh His teachings of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies as naïvely morally simplistic or unrealistic in the ‘real’ world is intellectually and spiritually clownish.
To obey God’s Word and Will when they are known is to be a realist, and a pragmatist, and a prudent person. To refuse to obey God’s Word and Will, once they are known, is what is truly nonsensical, is what is imprudent in the extreme.
For the creature to refuse to obey the God’s Word is more than irrational. It is madness, chaos, and evil. Jesus is the Word of God. To try to proclaim the Gospel, by continually abandoning the Gospel, calling its teachings naïve, is just preposterous Christianity—regardless of how many adherents such a form of Christianity has. Numbers of participants do not validate the truth of a proposition, nor does the longevity of a proposition validate it as true. To publicly adore Christ-God, while secretly believing His teaching of Nonviolent Love to be half-baked, quixotic, utopian, stupid, nonsensical fantasies is preposterous.
Of course, if Jesus is not Lord, the Word (logos) made flesh, God and risen from the dead, then we Christian are the worse off of all people if we follow Him and His teaching of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies unto death.