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Jesus’ Advice for Addressing Sin

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 - 2:04 am

If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’

If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

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Jesus again and VERY CLEARLY states how you are to treat people who do things you consider a sin against you. Specifically it mentions the other person is sinning against you, it does not say "sinning against himself" or "sinning against someone else."

Back to what he did say… Where is the stoning? Where are the hangings, shootings, crucifixions, or burnings of heretics?! THERE AREN'T ANY ! ! !

Where is the hunting down? Where is the spying? Where is the imprisonment for sin? Where is the recommendation of high taxes on what you consider sin? Where is the "I know what to do. We'll take the law into our own hands. We'll force him to change. We'll change the laws of the land! We'll make his sins illegal!"

This is where people usually think they are telling me something new by saying that Jesus did not come to do away with the law, and that we are to be completely obedient to whatever "leaders" say.

If you wish to implement the Old Testament Law (or any other religious books) in your life, then fine, let it be that way for you. But the United States Constitution says you have no right to force your religious beliefs on others.

Not your version of Christianity. Not your version of Islam. Not your version of ____________!

But for the Christians, Christ clearly teaches his new covenant is love. Yes, it is a replacement for the Old Testament; it's a heart of flesh, not a heart of stone! The Old Testament is still there as a "lowest common denominator." And if you want to embrace it as your salvation, or the salvation of nations, then again, let it be that way for you, let yourselves be judged according to the Old Testament; but you have no right to force your version of it on the rest of us.

And in any case, the most brutal form of punishment, vengeance, retribution, justice, etc… is never to exceed this: Eye for eye. Tooth for tooth. — Exodus 21:24

The punishments doled out by thuggish governments bowing down to the United Nation's Weapons of Mass Destruction, for having possession of some of God's Green Earth in the form of various plants, are so far beyond the "eye for eye" concept it is sickening; it's beyond sickening, it's evil.

(Also notice how it says two witnesses are needed? Not one dog. Or one paid-off person.)