No, they do not. Selective Christians take it upon themselves to ignore the words of Jesus and follow contradicting excerpts from the Old Testament. Why they still call themselves Christian, I'm not sure but it's probably a cultural identity thing.
Yeah...or maybe they haven't fully considered the matter...or have had bad teachers.
(After all, there is a whole slew of contemporary Evangelical preachers who focus on attaining material wealth through Faith. The pop-psychology self-help movement gone religious, which I suppose is inevitable in a consumer society. God and Mammon, united at last!)
I have no problem with Christian inability to follow Christ's teachings. We're all only human, and I'm not going to demand more from others than I do myself. It's the self-indulgent justification
for their weakness that I find distasteful.
Shady is right about one thing: I'm no religious scholar. I'm perfectly open to hearing a different interpretation of Jesus' words here, if different interpretations exist. But while Shady and Tim inform me of my ignorance, mockingly, they make no attempt to correct it through their superior understanding.
Why not? As I said, I'm willing to listen.
Edited by bloodyminded, 19 May 2011 - 10:17 AM.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.