by Gray Graham
It is ironic how people who identify as followers of Jesus Christ would advocate killing but that is the reality of our world. For centuries many people have spilled the blood of others all in the name of Jesus. This fact is probably the most overlooked and the one that many Christians are ashamed.
So you might ask yourself how is it possible that people would kill in the name of Jesus. Even non-Christians know that Jesus was a man of peace. I have heard countless times how people that do not believe call Jesus one of the greatest humans to ever live. His message of helping all people regardless of their position in life has inspired people for 2,000 years and counting. How is it then that people kill in the name of Jesus.
To be perfectly honest I really do not know. I assume that most of it comes from people that truly do not understand the Bible because they have not read or studied it, but that can not be the answer for everyone.
I have met and know many individuals that know the Bible very well. They can read the original Greek and Hebrew text. They hold advanced degrees in theology. Many speak on things in the Bible every single day. They have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips yet they teach things that clearly Jesus did not say.
Many remember thou shalt not kill when it comes to abortion but forget it when it comes to the death penalty. Maybe it is because the death penalty is clouded by vengeance and revenge while abortion is just stopping a sinner from killing the unborn.
But how much do most of the people I speak truly value human life? It is clear that if they feel threaten then they are perfectly fine taking a life. What if a person simply possess something that they want? It has been shown that some Christians are perfectly fine killing billions of people if they possess something that they value. Are any of these killings what Jesus taught?
I often say that most people have more faith in themselves than they do in God. Why else would so many Christians proclaim to have a better understanding of what they should do instead of going against the things that Jesus taught.
Jesus made it perfectly clear that it was up to God to judge people for their sins. This is where people usually bring up various things in the Old Testament and they attempt to tie it with the New Testament but end up tying themselves in knots because they contradict every point they are trying to make.
The commandment is thou shalt not kill. Jesus took it further by saying that you should not even feel anger in your heart toward another human being. Many people would do well to remember that whatever measure you use to judge another will be used against you. It would be wise for anyone that calls themselves Christian to heed the words of the Messiah since that is what it means to be a follower of Christ.