We have a religion on the planet that is doing the complete opposite of what it’s founder wanted.
Christians, especially those of the Western world, have misappropriated the words of Yeshua and the Sacred Scriptures and used them as an excuse to commit all kinds of odious acts. Probably the most obvious one is their global empire-building. Extending their control of land, resources and people worldwide, Christian Westerners raped, pillaged and plundered the Americans, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, and numerous other regions throughout Mother Earth.
In the following article, you can see a pattern, a pattern of how Christianity has been used to promote good feelings within at the expense of morality and conscience. Rather than changing people into those who “love Yahweh and neighbour”, as Yeshua taught, it transforms the believer into an expert in excuses.
Instant Forgiveness comes from their Instant God, who really isn’t interested in people who become a force for good in society. This was an idea borrowed from the Post-Constantine, Roman-Empire-Co-opted Church which eventually morphed into Orthodox, Protestant and today’s Evangelical Churches. All teach Cheap Grace, an ideal which allows the convert to do whatever they please, knowing that a Santa Claus Father in the sky will pardon their transgressions upon request.
Apologists for the Christian faith have mastered the art of excuses, diligently teaching them to pastors and their flocks. Some of them run like this:
– Jesus forgives all sin. Just confess and repent after. It’ll all work out fine.
– Don’t criticise me. After all, everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
– Every group has its faults.
– Those who commited crimes weren’t real Christians. They were just using the name.
– Look at the log in your own eye, not the tiny splinter in your brother’s eye.
– And on it goes . . .
The following article will shock you. My intention is not to critique the poor. Many people are out there “just surviving”, because our System in Turtle Island (North America) is abysmal. It fails everyone but the very rich. And its getting worse every day.
And yet, this is not an excuse to rob, beat, cheat or shaft people. Especially using the precious name of Yeshua as your excuse.
And think about it: if criminals are co-opting Yeshua’s name to justify their crime, what about all the other Christians who look so squeaky clean Sunday mornings, and yet are fulfilling Matthew 23 and Luke 11? The name of Yahweh is being blasphemed all over society due to the misuse of Yeshua‘s name and teachings. God forgive us . . .
New study raises questions about religion as deterrent against criminal behaviour
By Douglas Quan, Postmedia News February 18, 2013
A provocative new study is challenging assumptions about the deterrent effect of religion on criminal behaviour.
The U.S. study found that through “purposeful distortion or genuine ignorance,” hardcore criminals often co-opt religious doctrine to justify or further their crimes.
The findings could have important implications, the researchers say, for how faith-based services are administered within the corrections system.
Prison ministries shouldn’t just be about presenting religious doctrine because some inmates might take religious teachings to excuse their behaviour, lead author Volkan Topalli, a criminal justice professor at Georgia State University, said in an interview Monday.
“People have to understand that presenting religious doctrine to people isn’t enough to change their behaviour,” he said. “(Faith-based services) have to be systematic and about behaviour change — religion has to be a vehicle, rather than the goal.”
The research of Topalli and his colleagues was published this month in the journal Theoretical Criminology in an article titled With God on My Side: The Paradoxical Relationship Between Religious Belief and Criminality Among Hardcore Street Offenders.
They interviewed 48 people who were actively involved in serious and violent street-level crimes, including drug dealing, robbery, car jacking and burglary.
Almost all of them professed a belief in God and identified with the Christian faith. However, many of the criminals had an incomplete understanding of the rules and expectations of their faith, the study found.
One 33-year-old criminal, identified in the study by the nickname “Triggerman,” refused to accept the suggestion that a consequence of murder was eternal damnation.
“No, no, no, I don’t think that is right,” he told the researchers. “Anything can be forgiven. We live in Hell now and you can do anything in Hell. … God has to forgive everyone, even if they don’t believe in him.”
Another criminal, 47-year-old “Detroit,” told researchers that “there is a Heaven and there is a Hell, but I believe that it is Hell on earth, and we trying to fight to get (to Heaven). … We already in Hell, you know?”
Other interview subjects tended to manipulate religious doctrine or were selective in which principles they adhered to, the study found. One 23-year-old criminal, nicknamed “Young Stunna,” said those who came from disadvantaged backgrounds were excused from committing crimes.
“See, if I go and rob a [expletive], then I’m still going to Heaven because, umm, it’s like Jesus knows I ain’t have no choice, you know?” he told researchers. “He know I got a decent heart. He know I’m stuck in the ‘hood and just doing what I gotta do to survive.”
A 25-year-old criminal nicknamed “Cool” said he always does a “quick little prayer” before committing a crime in order to “stay cool with Jesus.” As long as you ask for forgiveness, Jesus has to give it to you, he said.
He also suggested that if a crime is committed against another “bad person,” such as a dope dealer or child molester, “then it don’t count against me because it’s like I’m giving punishment to them for Jesus.”
The interviews show that criminals will often employ “elaborate and creative rationalizations” to reconcile their belief in God and their serial offending, the researchers concluded.
They suggested that those who run faith-based programs in prisons could play a role in trying to correct some of the distortions or misunderstandings.
However, that’s not to suggest that these programs should be all about “hellfire and brimstone” because that would just turn inmates off, Topalli said Monday.
Instead, religion should be a “subtle, background, authoritative force” for making change, he said, adding that faith-based programs work best in reducing recidivism when done in conjunction with educational, vocational and life-skills training.
Representatives of the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy, whose members provide support to federal inmates across Canada, could not be reached for comment Monday.
A 2007 report posted on the Correctional Service of Canada website noted that about 15 to 20 per cent of federal inmates regularly attend religious worship services and expressed a “high level” of satisfaction with services offered.
The study said while a key function of chaplains was to provide religious services, some were also providing more “holistic” services, including personal development and money management training, which complemented inmates’ overall correctional plans.
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