Jesus died for Individuals, not for a nation
Jesus didn't die for nations but for individuals
Date: 12/24/2006 1:09:30 PM ( 15 y ) ... viewed 2483 times
Jesus didn't die for a country or a religion or a certain type of people, he died on the cross that day long ago FOR INDIVIDUALS.
This is important this year as we see the world spiral down into religious conflicts, and wars between nations and various sectors of nationalities and cutlures. None of these would have been important to Jesus, he would have railed against people joining up into any groupings like that.
Jesus was preaching about individuals and their morality and salvation. JC often adminstered to one person at a time, and when speaking to crowds or people he still addressed their personal morality.
What he DIED for, as told to us in the Bible at least, was for "your soul", and not just your 'soul after we die', but the one we have in this life, the one we CULTIVATE by our deeds and our morality. He was telling people everywhere to be good people, to avoid the sins, to live a righteous life.
It was NOT about our nation, or a group of people. At this time of rampant patriotism and national honour and clashes between religions and nations, it is imporant to remember that and to try and apply his teaching to our PERSONAL lives, because it is only from people's personal actions and choices that evil gets done, or that goodness takes root.
There is divisions between humans on many levels, not a good sign, and not something JC would have hoped for. How are we, as individuals, catering to those divisions? I think that is of paramount importance today, Christmas Day, and in this 'globalised' era of the human civilisation's development.
It is better 'to be righteous' that to be right, or to win. "Whatever it takes", as Bush famously says concerning the War on Terrorism, and the War in Iraq, is a theme that slaps JC in the face, as if we could just do 'whatever' because the goal is so strongly desired. Those goals, where that phrase "Whatever it takes" is uttered, are rarely good, they are usually the evil plans of evil people.
I may not be making this theme clear here, I apologise for my mental fog today, but I hope you get my drift with the idea that "Jeses didn't die for nations but for individuals". Consider it as we go into Christmas Day, and assess your own actions and choices to see if JC would have felt he reached you with his message from dying on that cross. Sure, that is more of an Easter theme, but lets use it anyhow.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
------------ On a [slightly]lighter note:
I do not "do christmas" on any level, avoiding all stores other than for groceries for the entire month of December. Gifts in my family are bought on Boxing Day or later, and given during January sometime. We avoid all the rush of shopping and of postal and travel situations at this time of year, plus we get much much better prices allowing our purchases to go much much further. Going into DEBT over buying gifts is stricly forbidden.
Now that this has been solidy in place for 5 years, I really pity the crowds of lemming-like shoppers and stressed out gifters.
Also,If that gift you are giving caused the giver [you] any anxiety [financial, parking, busy stores, or 'is this a good gift?' doubts] , more anxiety than the gift-getter gets out of it, it was a silly thing to do.
The children's expectations of 'getting gifts' creates problems down the road, and it primes their 'motivations' for future capitalist behaviors.
Slowly back away, just relax and let it go, nothing bad happens when we let go and start to cure ourselves of the Christmas gifting fever. [ha ha ha sarcasm]
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