Jesus against Hillel on Usury

I would argue that the best summation of Christian ethics is found in the sermon on the plain in Luke 6:20–49. What I love about the sermon on the plain is just how radical it seems on the surface, it seems almost impossible; however, when you think about what it’s saying, and think about it deeply—it makes sense. Probably my favorite example of this is found in Luke 6:34–35 (NRSV):

If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

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Jesus against Hillel on Usury

A Terrible Sermon on Economics – Part 2

Continuing from the last post, dealing with Jeff Durbin’s terrible sermon on socialism, comes the worst offense, he says:

In first kings 21 you’re gonna see an example of a wicked king who wants to buy private property from a citizen. You know what the citizen tells him? No, and so then there’s a woman named Jezebel … who sees the king all distraught … He wants the guys property, they guy tells him No, he’s the government … But you know what she does? Jezebel actually forges something to have the State go against the guy, and they claimed and they found false witnesses to say that he actually blasphemed the king, and so then they kill him. They kill the guy, Jezebel has him murdered, so that the king can actually take his land.

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A Terrible Sermon on Economics – Part 2

When the Atheist disdains Christianity too much to know anything about what he disdains

Atheism is in a sad state today, unfortunately many, if not most who are publically opposed to religion, and pushing atheism are profoundly ignorant of actual theology, who criticize religion from a standpoint of ignorance about what religion actually is and what theology is. What you end up with is a shallow critique of religion which is on the same intellectual plane as a creationist saying “How come there are still monkeys if we evolved from monkeys,” the creationists critique along with much of the new-atheists critique come from a standpoint of ignorance and thus come out as ridiculous as stupid to anyone who knows anything about theology. The fact is however, that those who criticize religion often don’t know anything about theology because they don’t have enough respect for it to actually read it, or read it seriously, and then argue against religion with such arrogance and disdain, that it makes their ignorance even more vulgar.

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When the Atheist disdains Christianity too much to know anything about what he disdains