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The earth-shattering, violent attempted coup in the US, erstwhile beacon of democracy, and arbiter of all things democratic, beggars belief. In broad daylight, the citadel of American democracy was overrun by an invading force, seeking to nullify a free and fair election and lay waste to democratic institutions and processes.

The aforementioned deeply unpatriotic criminal actions were masterminded by Trump. The disgusting betrayal was the final test of loyalty and blind obedience he demanded of his flock of sheep. They did not disappoint. They showed up in the thousands to usher Trump into his mad kingdom. This was to be a day for his cult that would be akin to, or even rival Easter Sunday, the highest holy day in the Christian calendar.

For Easter Sunday marks the day of the triumphant resurrection of Christ from the grave. Leading up to His last hours on earth, He had been mocked, scourged and made to carry a wooden cross, the very instrument that he would be nailed to until he drew his last breath. The entrance of His tomb was sealed by a rock to prevent His body from being spirited away by his devotees.

However, 3 days after His burial there was a great earthquake, and an angel descended from the sky and rolled away the stone. Christ resurrected from the cold clutches of death and the narrow confines of the grave, to inherit an eternal kingdom of glory and power, promised Him by his father as a reward for his sacrifice. His resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith.

On the fateful day, the faithful gathered at the Ellipse in the nation's capital, where their messiah preached a gospel of lies, hate and insurrection. He falsely claimed he had been robbed of his rightful authority to rule the nation and by necessary implication - planet Earth. His poisonous diatribe elicited rapturous applause and lavish praise from the riotous throng of believers, who were to a person, chomping-at-the-bit to do his bidding. And so it came to pass, that Trump pronounced a benediction on his supporters, sending them on their way and promising to join them.
Their solemn duty was to forcefully put an end to a 200 year-old system of government, by laying siege to and ransacking Capitol Hill.

The nefarious events that unfolded were antithetical to the events that transpired on the Hill of Golgatha, where Christ after agonisingly shedding tears of blood would make the ultimate sacrifice for humanity by allowing Himself to be crucified. His final actions amounted to a public manifestation of his humility and unconditional love for mankind.

It was up to the wild, unmoored mob that had gathered at the plexiglassed shrine to pull off a resurrection of their lord and saviour, who had been dealt an electoral defeat by their fellow citizens.
The system was in the process of sealing Bidens victory, after over 50 failed Trump lawsuits and the confirmation of the electoral college votes in Biden's favour. The final death blow to Trump was to be delivered by the ratification of the results by the US Congress. The certificate of Trump's political demise was entombed in the Capitol building.

Indeed, the horrific stench of death snd decay coming from their champion, was unbearable and polluted the air. Its putrid odour causing incessant fits of choking and retching, to those who neither carried nor were infected with the Trump plague, known as Trumpism. The miasma emanating from the decaying husk increased at an alarming pace, reaching an off-the-charts level when he arm-twisted the Secretary of State for Georgia, ordering him to steal the election for him or face criminal prosecution.

The Trump gospel of sedition and insurrection was amplified by his high priests, whose very presence also fouled the ether with their unbridled hate, greed and power-lust. They did not minister good tidings of unity, peace and love, to the crazed, bloodthirsty rabble.
The workings of the depraved minds and hearts of Guiliani, Don Trump Jr. and Mo Brooks, were as far removed from the promptings of the Holy Spirit, as Hades is from Paradise. They further incited the agitators by belting out violence-laden invectives spurring them on. This was overkill on their part because at this point they were singing to a well-rehearsed choir.

The unruly multitude clearly understood that as a demonstration of their fealty and devotion to the cause of Trumpism, they had to meet the moment, by preventing Congressional certification of the electoral college votes, which would hand victory to Biden. An outcome that would be the final nail in Trumps shame-draped sarcophagus.

So with murder and mayhem on their minds; and unbridled rage, hate and bitterness in their hearts, they marched on the Capitol. Arriving at the Capitol at high noon they received a warm reception from Senator Josh Hawley. His deplorable antics in cynically challenging the results of a secure election, contributed significantly to the shenanigans to overthrow a duly elected government. His raised clenched fist of encouragement to the mob was at the same time, uplifted to heaven, as an act of proud defiance as he relished his role as an oath-breaking-coup-plotter.

The rabble had been unleashed to sate their need to kill and destroy, and ultimately overturn the government. They were good to go and needed no further goading or encouragement. Armed with nooses, 'pitchforks' and 'pikes' they sacked the Capitol in a naked display of the sick symbiosis existing between the faithless, unworthy leader and his robotic followers. They were his weapons of war and their mandate was to rain such chaos and terror on the apparatus of government so as to overturn his downfall and political demise. Thereby, paving the way for their 'Christ' to spectacularly and triumphantly 'self-resurrect' to reign as king, sovereign and ruler.

Alas, there was to be no Christ-like resurrection. Indeed, they could not even pull off 'a Lazarus.' Consequently, Trump's defeat and death were certified and the stench of the rot he wrought reached heaven.

"You said in your heart,

I will ascend to the heavens;

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I'm certainly not claiming proficiency in any of the below. But I'm not presenting myself as a righteous Christian, either.

Matthew 5:44

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Luke 6:28

bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Matthew 7:12

"In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Romans 12:14-21

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.read more.

Proverbs 25:21-22

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;

And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

For you will heap burning coals on his head,

And the Lord will reward you.

Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Exodus 23:5

If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Let all that you do be done in love.

John 13:33-35

Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

1 Corinthians 13:1-8

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.read more.

Romans 12:9-11

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Matthew 5:8-12

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.read more.

Proverbs 20:22

Do not say, "I will repay evil";

Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.

Matthew 24:13

But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

Luke 13:32-35

And He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.' Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!read more.

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Luke 23:28-37

But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, 'Cover us.'read more.

Acts 7:52-60

Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it." Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.read more.

Proverbs 24:17-20

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,

And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Or the Lord will see it and be displeased,

And turn His anger away from him.

Do not fret because of evildoers

Or be envious of the wicked;

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Obadiah 1:12-13

"Do not gloat over your brother's day,

The day of his misfortune.

And do not rejoice over the sons of Judah

In the day of their destruction;

Yes, do not boast

In the day of their distress.

"Do not enter the gate of My people

In the day of their disaster.

Yes, you, do not gloat over their calamity

In the day of their disaster.

And do not loot their wealth

In the day of their disaster.

Job 31:29-30

"Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy,

Or exulted when evil befell him?

"No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin

By asking for his life in a curse.

Philippians 3:13-14

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 43:18

"Do not call to mind the former things,

Or ponder things of the past.

Colossians 3:1-4

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.read more.

Proverbs 14:29

He who is slow to anger has great understanding,

But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

James 1:2-5

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.read more.

Matthew 5:45

so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 5:43-48

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. read more.

Luke 6:27-36

"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. read more.

Source: le.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Loving-Your-Enemies

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Hello Al and happy new year! Thank you for your comments which are noted, for Scripture does not lie. I think it would be counterproductive for us to engage in an endless debate citing scripture back and forth. Suffice it to say that no truth is ever a lie. Best, Irene

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Suffice it to say that no truth is ever a lie.

But true religion and spirituality are not just matters of mere factual accuracy. The "truth" can damn you just as fast as lies can, if not more so. If you want to hate Donald Trump with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind, then go right ahead. You'll have tons of company. But doing it in the name of God (or Jesus), may not be the pure, noble and righteous enterprise you appear to believe it is...

You really are so brilliant and write so beautifully, right up until you start with Mr. Trump, and then you fall off a cliff. It's not pretty and really doesn't reflect well on you, or your otherwise inspired words. I'm sure for some here that's probably their favorite part. But from what I gather, Jesus is probably not among them (regardless of what Dr. Gelmond is sure to have you believe..)

Go in peace, and sin no more.

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James 1:26

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Matthew 12:33-38

"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." ...

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Matthew 15:10-11

And he called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person."

Luke 6:45

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

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PS It's no secret that I've had as much of a problem with this sort of thing as anyone at OEN, if not more so. But I've recognized it, owned up to it, admitted that it's a serious flaw in my character, and have repeatedly let it be known that I am continuously struggling to overcome it. I don't know if that makes me an expert on the subject. But I believe it makes me something short of a hypocrite.

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One of the few times I disagree with you Al. You're verses are all true, but Jesus was not

afraid to call a spade a spade. He called the religious leaders of the day a "brood of vipers."

I wonder if Jesus' really loved them, I doubt it. He said "they were fit for hell." It is not

wrong to despise what is evil. And remember..... one must first repent in order to be

forgiven.

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But Trump is not a religious leader (despite what the Evangelicals will tell you). And perhaps we shouldn't be comparing ourselves to Jesus, and using Him to justify our worst impulses The scripture I quoted speaks for itself. The verses are true because that's how He wants us to behave. His seeming to violate them at times does not make them null and void. When we achieve such a transcendental state, then maybe we can afford to as well. But until then, it just makes us weak, self-righteous and hypocritical.

Religion and spirituality are about transcending our basest instincts and impulses, not succumbing to them (and then rationalizing it). Quite simply, we're not here to hate, and enjoin others to hate with us, no matter how much glory we think it entitles us to.

From an Eastern perspective: we can't hurt anyone but ourselves, anyway, because ultimately, there isn't anything other than ourselves (and therefore also nothing really to feel "superior" to). What goes around will surely...

Sai Baba says the human mind has 100 tricks by which it will lead you to perdition, and "try not to say an unkind truth, or a kind untruth..."

Yes, a very tricky tightrope indeed But you really do want to avoid perdition. No fun: been there done that...

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I agree with you to a certain extent, but are we not to "cast our pearls to the swine" ?

I think there is a time and place for everything, even so says the Scripture.

All that being said one has to be careful not to let bitterness get out of control in our hearts,

not easy to do. My daughter was a very ungodly person for a long time, I did not rejoice in

her downfall, but was sad. Since, then she is slowly coming out of her pit and it makes me

happy to see her progressing. My wife and I did not give up on her. I think this is a practical

example of what Jesus was talking about. I considered her a "lost sheep". I do not feel that

way with Trump, it's more like "your father the devil" with Trump.

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I'm glad to hear things are improving with your daughter. I was actually in that position with my own family when I was growing up, and know what a nightmare it can be for all involved. The fact that you and your wife didn't give up on her I suspect made all the difference. And God bless you for that.

Yes, bitterness can drag us down very, very quickly, or it can actually be a long, drawn out slog where we're not even aware it's happening. 'The mind has 100 tricks by which it can drag us to Perdition..."

I honestly don't what you mean by the "cast not your pearls before swine" in this context. My understanding is that Jesus was telling us not to waste wisdom on those we know are incapable of appreciating it, particularly since it might even tick them off: ""Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." What specifically were you referring to?

No Trump is no lost sheep, and I certainly have no illusions about him. He's by far the worst thing that ever happened to this country. But he won because Hillary was the only person in this country who could lose to him, and she got the nomination because the DNC screwed Sanders out of it, and they did that because the neo-liberal establishment would never allow him to be President, and the neo-liberal establishment got to be that powerful because we were all brought up to go to college in order to get a good job, and a man cannot serve two masters; God and Mammon...

So as Kris Kristofferson once said "Who's to bless and who's to blame?"

Alas, even politics turns out to be Biblical.

Anyway, as I said, if you want everyone to know how much you hate Trump, it's one's own choice. I just don't see anything the least bit "Christian" about it, and have gone on record so believing. Leave the dying to bury their dead, and render unto God that which is God's, and unto Caesar that which is Caesar's. In other word's one's first allegiance is to God, not secular politics. As the Jefferson Airplane once said: If you want to get to heaven, stay out of way of the blood-stained bandits...

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Jefferson Airplane - Good Shepherd Title: Good Shepherd Album: Volunteers Track No: 2 Written By: Traditional arr Jorma Kaukonen Marty Balin - Vocals Grace Slick - Vocals Jorma Kaukonen ...
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One miserable sinner's opinion.

Anyway, as Shad recently pointed out, I think I'm holding on to the bone a little too long again...

Namaste.

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Point taken, I get it.

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I would disagree with you - re whether the Jesus we hear about in the Gospels loved the Pharisees. As I see it, a being such as Jesus IS love (or has become love). If anything, it appears that he was trying to wake them up, along with their admirers. (Zen masters have been known to slap their disciples to accomplish the same end).

Whether we like it or not, as humans we may despise (feel hate for) a person or their evil, but are called to hold a meditative stance, where our awareness does not cling, condemn or identify with our thoughts and feelings, seeing the same awareness in all beings. This does not preclude us from acting to stop them. Love can be fierce.

The Buddha said, "Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate."

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... and behavior is not the same as identity, though it's hard for some of us to make that distinction. Our "classification-obsessed" mindset is challenged to hold compassion for the person whose short-term need, intermediate-term influences, or long-term deep conditioning might have led them to behaving in ways that violate the rights or interests of others. It's really only the behavior we despise; let's keep that in mind.

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Challenging as it is for our ("I") experience of being an ego-identified bag of skin, we have both moral scruples and an innate sense of "evil," And, for those who've done the hard work - a sense of the Oneness of all things and beings. Balancing these is quite a job. Compassion, which also requires work, is a trustworthy guide.

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Well, yes, Blair -- but we can have moral scruples without projecting them on others. Instead of defending our judgment, we can simply be choosing for ourself -- I don't really feel much "challenge" or "balancing" required. I think compassion is far more natural and intrinsic than any "innate sense of 'evil'," don't you?

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"I think compassion is far more natural and intrinsic than any 'innate sense of 'evil',' don't you?"

Yes, although the instinctive revulsion we feel in the presence of evil seems to be more on the surface. After 7,000 years of the Dominator era, we sometimes have to dig to discover our innate compassion and to move beyond egocentricity.

There is a need to take a stand when possible when we are dealing with what appears to be "evil."

Example: what to do when faced with Hitler? That's an "either/or" choice (with many subtleties).

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I am not a Zen master so I wouldn't know anything about that.

I disagree with you on many things, but do not care about getting into an unfruitful

give and take.

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You can feel free to share your disagreements without worrying about an unfruitful give and take. After all, that's what this site is about. And it is via a gentle (and/or strong) exchange of ideas that we give one another the gift of more clarity and learning.

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(BTW I'm not Zen Master either...a laughable idea indeed!)

But why deprive others of the insights you may have or those that may arise from an essentially playful discussion? Lots of good things can come from exploring differences with good will.

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And why deprive others of the insights you may have or those that may arise from an essentially playful discussion? Lots of good things can come from exploring differences with good will.

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Irene,

It can be useful to review the material in the Jesus Seminars, where Biblical scholars attempted to discern which comments of Jesus were authentic and which were added later.

As well, it can be of use to peruse the Dead Sea Scrolls, which have been validated as authentic (such as the Gospel of Thomas) - and which reveal different aspects of Jesus from those found in the 4 Gospels.

Finally, it can be revealing to see the 3 very early church councils: Nicaea, Constantinople, and Trent. My understanding is that Jesus was raised in the Essene sect of Judaism and - as they did - possibly taught reincarnation. There are intriguing hints of this in the 4 Gospels; however, it appears that the men in these counsels removed certain elements of his teaching.

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Thank you. I certainly did not expect this inauspicious start to 2021. Let's hope things get better. Wish you well.

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Irene.

I am intrigued by the Dalai Lama, who is seen as an embodiment of wisdom and compassion, saying that if science contradicts the scripture, the scripture needs to be changed.

Likewise Thich Nhat Hanh (who is regarded as a living Buddha) states this in his modernization of mindfulness training:

The First Mindfulness Training: Openness

Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones.

The Second Mindfulness Training: Non-Attachment to Views

Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We are committed to learning and practicing non-attachment to views and being open to others' experiences and insights in order to benefit from the collective wisdom. We are aware that the knowledge we presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Insight is revealed through the practice of compassionate listening, deep looking, and letting go of notions rather than through the accumulation of intellectual knowledge. Truth is found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment, ready to learn throughout our lives.

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Irene,

Assuming Jesus was in fact an enlightened, spiritually liberated being, it is important to recognize that most of those who lived later (and those who attended the counsels) were not. Many of these people apparently changed and added to the Gospels.

In addition, Jesus lived in a time - along with the centuries which followed, including the present, in which the Dominator era prevailed. The ethos of domination, which you decry in relation to Trump, had a profound effect on Christian ideas and practice.

In my view it is essential to look carefully at how the political goals of the early church affected how his teachings were presented and possibly distorted.

Trump has been an extreme example of this kind of authoritarianism. However, I think you would be remiss to overlook effect of the Dominator worldview on Christian scripture.

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Irene,

This is tantrum behavior from a monstrously immature man/baby. Once we have clarity about his character structure - not only is there nothing to surprise us, but his actions are quite predictable. It ain't over.

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Irene...

You are too good for this site. I always thought Trump was the

closest thing to "anti-Christ" I had ever witnessed.

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Robert, thank you for your kind words. Be well

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Irene,

From my POV the issue is not scripture or doctrine, but rather our relationship to them. When we do not take into account 1) the role of metaphor, but rather approach them literally; 2) the way the political atmosphere of Jesus' time affected the expression of spiritual life; or how the 7,000-year-old Dominator paradigm - subtly or overtly - shaped how scripture is written or understood by others, we can, without realizing it, keep ourselves distanced from God, as opposed to moving closer.

When we do not allow ourselves to radically question scripture, we may be following a similar pattern to Donald Trump, who will not permit anyone in his circle to question his words. He has a closed mind - and in the history of religion one of the temptations has always been to unconsciously follow in these footsteps, rather than expanding into the infinite openness of the Divine.

I studied with a Zen master who constantly offered the statement: "Keep that don't know mind" (in order to stay radically open both to relative and ultimate reality).

Fowler has shown that our images of Divinity change and mature as we do. Clinging to old images can bind us, rather than free us to gradually merge into the Infinite.

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Great article. Quite an accurate analogy. I have struggled with many things about Trumpism and I think one of the greatest things is their tendency to defile the most admirable in both religion and government by celebrating its iconography while eviscerating the substance that gives it value. Trump and his followers wrap themselves in the flag while desecrating what it stands for. Their facebook pages slathered with pictures of angels and Jesus (caucasian Jesus only, thank you) and yet they are filled with pride and hate. They spew vitriol and racism. They see no inconsistency or conflicts in their version of patriotism and religion because they only know a both in the most shallow of ways.

Truly Trump wasn't the beginning of this particular facet of what I would call Christofascism. I think America as a culture has been taught to worship capitalism, consumerism, to admire competition and survival of the fittest mentality. They respect dominance over service and submissiveness is a trait reserved for the lower class. This concept invaded Christianity in the form of "prosperity preachers" who have so twisted the gospel it is nothing short of the idolatry of money.

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Yep, I whole heartedly agree Michele.

I call modern Christianity "Churchianity" , big difference from what Jesus taught.

Flag worship is a form of idolatry and a trap which many "Christians" fall into.

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Do as you wish, of course. I would simply add that we may have many similar views.

My best sense is that Jesus was merged with the Infinite ("I and my Father are one."). His teachings were in direct opposition with both the Roman rulers and the Jewish leaders of the time.

For an amazing and revealing look at this, see Tom Hartmann's The Greatest Spiritual Secret of the Century. Also illuminating: Jesus: The Son of Man by Kahlil Gibran (A fictional poetically rendered version of 77 people who encountered him and their differing views) - and The Gospel According to Jesus by Stephen Mitchell.

"The Gospel According to Jesus is a dazzling new presentation of the life and teachings of Jesus by the eminent scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell. He uncovers in a great spiritual classic a depth, clarity, and radiance which have until now been obscured.

"At the center of the book is a new translation, from the Greek, of what might be called the Essential Gospel. Following the example of Thomas Jefferson's The Jefferson Bible, and using the best of modern scholarship, Mr. Mitchell has retained only the authentic sayings and doings of Jesus, and has omitted the passages added by the early church.

"What is left is an immensely provocative and moving image of Jesus as a real person and as a great spiritual teacher, an image that will challenge and delight readers of any religion or of no religion."

Your word "churchianity" captures the habit of institutional forces to distort and ignore the teachings of one of the great liberated beings of our era, which, in fact, threaten the status quo.

One of the places where you and I may differ is my understanding that there have been a handful of such beings who have walked the Earth, and that we can not only learn a tremendous amount from their words and actions, but that the language used by these beings can shed light on the "Anointed One" - the Christ.

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Thank you Michele. You are so right. Christianity has been overrun by the 24/7 'Golden Calves Industry'.

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Hi Irene,

I realized I did not congratulate you on your fine piece. Your depiction of delusional Trump and his deluded followers is right on target.

Where I would differ is re- your statement that scripture doesn't lie. If it was changed over the centuries (and there is ample evidence that it has - by less than enlightened individuals), one obviously cannot rely on it as "gospel truth." It is often a kind of fearful stubbornness that cause one to cling to its literal meaning. There can be a tendency to plug our ears re- this matter. I do realize that Christian scripture can seem like the only anchor in a tumultuous, often painful world.

Rigid compliance has been one of the hallmarks of post-Christ Christianity. This authoritarian stance (reminiscent of Trump) is one of the "shadows" of Christianity. Jung described the shadow as the psychic realm containing parts of us that we don't want to recognize or accept - or reveal to others. Often, we project these outside of ourselves - onto others.

Reviewing the scriptures of other ways of liberation (such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapada, and the Tao Te Ching - which should also be questioned) can provide illumination re- the universe Jesus was describing. Likewise, reviewing the words of other apparently fully liberated beings, such as Krishna, the Buddha, and Lao Tzu can shed light on Jesus's pre-crucifixion teachings

There are at least questions that his "lost years" were spent studying in India and Tibet, and that in returning to his homeland, he shared what he learned in language the people of his time could hear. And as he said, there were things he could only teach in confidence to his closest disciples.

It has been said that the path to God is like walking a razor's edge.

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Irene,

The following does not apply to you, but was evoked by other comments on this thread. Still, the patterns I will be describing are applicable to all of us (being human) in the context of relationships with others.

The following is from a book of poetry by Ernie Larsen:

Honesty is the conscious pursuit of the elimination of ... games from my life and therefore from the relationships in which I am involved

Love is a relationship between an I and a Thou.

Games stand like dirty windows between the light of truth.

If the game-playing runs deep enough, there is not even the desire to name what is really going on. That too, is part of the game.

Not naming the problem makes it unhealable. You can never get to it.

Another game that frequently obliterates the possibility of love, thus deadening our world is "peace at any price." What this game says is that communication is too difficult. I do not want to face and heal a situation that is killing me. So, I deny it.

The more we allow ourselves to tolerate the intolerable, the more we sanction and enable others to solidify their destructive behaviors, we are the ones left to live with those games. Then we are the ones who must increasingly blind our inner eyes to the destruction around us in order to survive.

Walls replace doors.

Truth seems to frighten these people, as though, if the truth were embraced, some protective shield would be stripped away and exposure would prove fatal. It all seems so senseless - the pain I mean. Everything gets turned around, twisted somehow. Alibis and excuses, often born of true genius, appear. These negative ones will not be caught. Obviously, there is no easy cure or answer to such a common, tragic situation.

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It's a multidimensional challenge to envision a door, to open the passageway and then to frame and hang it, with plumb, flush and square jamb and viable latch; no squeaks or rubs -- a real and usable (and eventually dismissible) doorway. No, despite the rhetoric of Ernie Larsen, walls DO NOT replace doors. Evolution succeeds. This is something we can trust, and to which we can unequivocally contribute.

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He's using metaphors to describe dishonesty in relationships....and with oneself. There certainly are people who refuse to own what's theirs to own. In fact, there are people who will seek to destroy the emotional health in others, rather than face their own manipulations.

Generally, when we don't turn and face our own shadow, we project it onto others - and see those qualities "out there."

Peck makes an initial foray into this territory in People of the Lie.

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