Would Jesus own a gun?


First, to be clear- I do not consider myself a christian. And my beliefs are too complicated to address here. I suppose long story short- I tend to believe Jesus may have been a real person- a great man of his time and place- but no more the “son of god” then anyone else.

But he is among the top of the people that may have existed that I would love to have been able to meet. Now- let’s remember for a moment that the bible as we know it- is the words of men. Some contemporaries who were in his presence. Others, likely not and retelling the retelling of stories. And let’s be clear- even in this age we frequently have millions who believe someone said or did something regardless of the fact that evidence exists otherwise.

Now- I would argue that it is quite clear from the bible Jesus was a man of peace. One who seemed to prefer to spend time with the poor, with prostitutes, the sick, and who had no respect for the rich, the powerbrokers. He cared more for people then anything. And despite his followinbg  and the power that came with saw the lowestly in society as his equals.

 

So- back to the title- I can not in my wildest imagination believe Jesus would ever carry a gun. Nor respect anyone who did. Nor can I see him respecting a business owner who pays an employee a non-living wage. Nor respecting anyone opposed to taking care of the sick, the poor, the disadvantaged in our society. Nor that he would respect anyone who insists that someone seeking a better life for themselves should be imrisoned or sent back because they are violating some law and border made by men. Nor that he would ever think to judge a person based on the color of their skin (and let’s face it- Jesus- if he existed, was certainly NOT white)

I guess I just can’t wrap my head around how the majority on the right can wrap themselves in religion and Jesus’s name while violating almost everything the bible tells us his life was about.

I don’t know. Maybe it all boils down to a combination of ignorance and the huge dichotomy in the bible. God the father- a vengeful and hateful god (and the section of the bible that is most clearly mythology- with crucial elements repeated in different forms in societies and religions around the world, vs the stories of Jesus, possible a very real man and reformer who was elevated to a mythological status.

It seems to me many pay Jesus lip service, wrap themselves in his name…while truly either respecting or living in fear of the mythological violent father.

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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4 Responses to Would Jesus own a gun?

  1. List of X says:

    If Jesus were alive today, he’d be branded “a socialist”

  2. Barneysday says:

    Extremely well done. I couldn’t agree more. We need more conversations along these lines to call out these right wing, christians wrapping themselves in the bible.

  3. talesfromthelou says:

    I am one of those who like everything Jesus stood for and love his beliefs. Only one problem for me: I don’t believe he ever existed. How can you account for Mythra who did all the things Jesus did except he lived 1000 years before Jesus? And more like Mythra…

  4. btg5885 says:

    In my understanding, Jesus would not own a gun. And, just like then, he would hang out with the disenfranchised and have disdain for less than altruistic church leaders and per List of X, he would probably be branded a socialist.

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