Excerpt from my new book Confessions of a Free-thinking Christian
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By John Litteral
It is important to understand that Christians have a significant amount of liberty, and that needs to be understood more than almost anything else, because this is what is not understood the most in the world today. You need to know what your rights are, that is, the God-given rights that we all have that come from the Creator. Most people do not even know what a right is, and this must change, because once this is understood by the collective then this will change the world! But until this is understood then we are going to continue to be under tyranny, which is spinning out of control right before our eyes today. A “right” is any action taken that does not bring harm to others. So, in other words, we all have the right to live however we want as long as we do not harm others. That is rights given by the Creator, not man, not government, but from God. Government has no right to infringe upon that under any circumstance. Therefore, we do not have the right to believe that we can elect people to infringe on other people’s God-given rights either.
You also have the right to self-defense. It is a God-given right to protect you and innocent people with whatever force necessary. Pacifist and so-called Christians will promote not defending ourselves, and they will often get stuck on the passage of Scripture where Jesus taught to turn the other cheek. (Matt. 5:39) But many Christians don’t seem to be aware that Jesus taught the importance of arming ourselves for protection. Yes! Jesus is recorded to have said, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.’” (Luke 22:36)
With our liberties that we have, and the God-given right to live however we want to live as long as we do not bring harm to others, we do have the responsibility to avoid certain actions. The Ten Commandments do shed some light, though observing the Sabbath is practically neutral since it makes no difference, unless you think that God is obsessed about what day you set aside to observe Him. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is recorded to have taught many things, and there are some brilliant teachings that we need to follow. Again, we need to understand that Jesus is recorded to have said and done many things, but these are records recorded by man, so discernment is important, not to mention, as I discussed in detail earlier, that manuscript evidence does show that there are additions and omissions throughout ancient Bible manuscripts by scribal hands. The Bible is a moral compass, not a teleport mechanism, which means that we use it to help us stay on the right path, and that means careful discernment and personal responsibility to use that compass correctly and with common sense.
The Beatitudes of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew (5:3-10) are brilliant, practical, and lifechanging!
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus lays out principles to follow that will not only give you the commands that will lead you to doing what is right, but He also teaches how to get into the right mindset and attitude while obeying those commands. It is one thing to do what is right because there are consequences to doing wrong and benefits to doing what is right, but you reach another spiritual level when you are motivated to do those things because you have trained yourself to WANT to do those things. Jesus teaches us to not only change our actions but to change our hearts in the process. To not only do what God wants out of fear of God, but to do what God wants out of the love of God. For Jesus gave the greatest commandment (Matt. 22),
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus also taught us to treat others the way that we want to be treated (Matt. 7:12 Golden Rule). If society would live by that one principle alone then that would solve almost every problem in the world!
There are seven deadly sins of Natural Law, and they are non-negotiable.
MURDER: taking without just cause the life of another, which does NOT belong to you
ASSAULT: taking without just cause another’s physical well-being, which does NOT belong to you
RAPE: taking another’s free-will sexual consent, which does NOT belong to you
THEFT: taking property which does NOT belong to you
TRESPASS: entering or remaining in another’s dwelling place without their permission, which does NOT belong to you
COERCION: taking another’s free will, which does NOT belong to you
LYING: taking another’s ability to engage in informed decision-making, which does NOT belong to you
Natural Law is just another term for God’s Moral Laws. These are the very laws that have been written upon our hearts, and are instinctive, but like I mentioned, that instinct has been attacked by Satan and his minions in so many ways for centuries, and it is important that we become reacquainted with the Moral Laws of God so that we can remove the cognitive dissonance that humanity has been indoctrinated and propagandized into by the Satanic Cult ruling-class.