WS>>(3)Jesus Is an Anarchist

carl william spitzer iv cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Wed Apr 7 20:34:21 MDT 2004


          Once  again  one must consider that the  Christians  at
     this time were a persecuted minority under the  surveillance
     of  the mortal "authorities" as  possible  insurrectionists,
     and  so statements like what is written in 1  Peter  2:13-18
     were included to pacify such "authorities" so that the  most
     important task of saving people's souls could continue--yet,
     just as Paul included an "escape clause" in Romans 13  ("Owe
     no  one  anything except to love one another"),  Peter  also
     includes  an  escape clause contained in  1  Peter  2:13-18,
     which is the 16th verse therein:

          For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may
     put to silence the ignorance of foolish men--[verse 16:]  as
     free,  yet  not using liberty as a cloak for  vice,  but  as
     bondservants of God.

          The NIV Bible translates verse 16 as "Live as free men,
     but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live  as
     servants  of God." Most other modern English Bible  versions
     translate  the beginning of this passage as either "Live  as
     free"  or  "Act as free." So in other words,  when  this  is
     combined with what Peter said in Acts 5:29, we can take  the
     entire  passage of 1 Peter 2:13-18 to mean that we ought  to
     obey  all the ordinances of men: except for all  such  ordi-
     nances  that happen to conflict with our  God-given  liberty
     and  Jesus's ultimate commandment--which is virtually  every
     single  one  of them! But other than that,  do  indeed  obey
     every  other  ordinance  of man, for in so  doing  one  will
     merely  be  obeying Jesus's commandment--in which  case  the
     ordinances of man which one ought to obey are merely redund-
     ant!

          Also,  consider the following statement by Peter  which
     some statists might try to construe in their favor:

          2  Peter 2:9,10: [...] then the Lord knows how  to
          deliver  the godly out of temptations and  to  re-
          serve  the unjust under punishment for the day  of
          judgment, and especially those who walk  according
          to  the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and  des-
          pise  authority.  They  are  presumptuous,   self-
          willed.  They  are  not afraid to  speak  evil  of
          dignitaries, [...]

          As  has already been pointed out, the  statist  fallacy
     when  encountering such statements is to automatically  deem
     the "authorities" and "dignitaries" spoken of in these cases
     as  necessarily  being the "authorities"  and  "dignitaries"
     that  the positive law (i.e., the government's law)  so  re-
     gards--but such cannot be the actual case, as it is written:

          Hosea 8:4: "They set up kings, but not by Me; They
          made princes, but I did not acknowledge them."

          As well, Jesus Himself rebuked the supposed "authority"
     of the Earthly "rulers":

          Mark  10:42-45: But Jesus called them  to  Himself
          and  said  to them, "You know that those  who  are
          considered  rulers over the Gentiles lord it  over
          them, and their great ones exercise authority over
          them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoev-
          er desires to become great among you shall be your
          servant.  And whoever of you desires to  be  first
          shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did
          not  come to be served, but to serve, and to  give
          His life a ransom for many."

          The  Ruler  and  God of This World and  Age  which  All
     Mortal Governments Worship is Satan (A.K.A.  Lucifer)

          The Bible is quite explicit as to who it is that really
     controls all the mortal governments on Earth, and which  god
     is the god that the mortal rulers worship:

          Luke  4:4-8:  Then the devil, taking Him up  on  a
          high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of  the
          world  in a moment of time. And the devil said  to
          Him,  "All  this authority I will  give  You,  and
          their  glory; for this has been delivered  to  me,
          and  I give it to whomever I wish.  Therefore,  if
          You  will worship before me, all will  be  Yours."
          And  Jesus answered and said to him,  "Get  behind
          Me,  Satan! For it is written, 'You shall  worship
          the Lord your God, and Him only you shall  serve.'
          " (See also Matt.  4:1-11; Mark 1:12,13; Luke 4:1-
          13.)

          This  is one of the offers Satan made to Christ  during
     the  forty days in which Satan tempted Jesus, an  event  now
     sometimes  referred  to as the Temptation of  Christ.  Satan
     wasn't  lying when he made the above offer to Jesus: it  was
     an absolutely real offer that Satan would have delivered on.
     This is necessarily the case, as Luke even writes in verse 2
     of the above chapter that here Jesus was "tempted for  forty
     days  by  the devil"--thus, this had to be a real  offer  or
     else  it could hardly qualify as a real temptation, as  cer-
     tainly Jesus would have known whether or not what Satan said
     here was true: if what Satan was saying here were false then
     Jesus would have already known that, and hence Satan's offer
     could not have been the least bit tempting to Jesus.

          How  true indeed Satan was being when he said that  all
     the  kingdoms of the world have been delivered to  him,  and
     that  he gives them to whomever he wishes: which  are  those
     who worship him as their God! All Earthly, mortal potentates
     have quite literally made a pact with Satan!--every last one
     of them has literally sold their soul to Satan in return for
     Earthly  power!  As  God spoke in Hosea 8:4:  "They  set  up
     kings,  but  not  by Me; They made princes, but  I  did  not
     acknowledge them."

          And  Jesus  later said on two separate  occasions  that
     Satan  is the ruler of this world--thus in John 12:31:  "Now
     is  the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this  world
     will be cast out." And in John 14:30: "I will no longer talk
     much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he
     has nothing in Me."

          And  Paul in two separate letters writes that Satan  is
     the god and ruler of this age:

          2  Corinthians  4:3,4: But even if our  gospel  is
          veiled,  it is veiled to those who are  perishing,
          whose  minds the god of this age has blinded,  who
          do  not believe, lest the light of the  gospel  of
          the  glory  of Christ, who is the  image  of  God,
          should shine on them.

          And in Ephesians 6:11,12:

          Put  on  the whole armor of God, that you  may  be
          able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For
          we  do  not wrestle against flesh and  blood,  but
          against  principalities, against  powers,  against
          the  rulers of the darkness of this  age,  against
          spiritual  hosts  of wickedness  in  the  heavenly
          places.

          All one has to do to realize just how literal and  true
     Satan,  Jesus and Paul were being when they made  the  above
     statements  is  to consider that more than  four  times  the
     amount  of non-combatants have been systematically  murdered
     for  purely  ideological reasons by  their  own  governments
     within the past century than were killed in that same  time-
     span  from wars. From 1900 to 1923, various Turkish  regimes
     killed  from  3,500,000 to over 4,300,000 of its  own  Arme-
     nians,  Greeks, Nestorians, and other Christians.  Communist
     governments  have  murdered over 110 million  of  their  own
     subjects since 1917. And Germany committed genocide  against
     some  16 million people--6 million of them Jews.  (The  pre-
     ceding  figures  are  from  Prof.  R.J.   Rummel's  website:
     <http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills>  Over  800,000  Christian
     Tutsis in Rwanda were hacked to death with machetes  between
     April and July of 1994 by the Hutu-led military force  after
     the  Tutsis had been disarmed by governmental decree in  the
     early 1990s, of which disarmament decree the United  Nations
     helped  to  enforce. On several  occasions,  United  Nations
     soldiers  stationed in Rwanda actually handed over  helpless
     Tutsi  Christians under their protection to members  of  the
     Hutu military. They then stood by as their screaming charges
     were  unceremoniously hacked to pieces. This  massacre  hap-
     pened  one year after the United Nations helped to put in  a
     national ID card in Rwanda, and it was that very national ID
     card system which the Hutus used to track-down and  identify
     the  Christian Tutsis.  Needless to say, all of the  subject
     populations  of  the above mass murders  had  been  disarmed
     beforehand.

          The wars and mass murders which the mortal  governments
     routinely engage in are literal human-sacrifice orgies  that
     the Earthly rulers of those governments offer up to  appease
     their God Satan, a.k.a. Lucifer!

          Government,  throughout  all of recorded  history,  has
     been the most methodical and efficient human-meat grinder to
     ever exist. It is a purely Satanical machination  masquerad-
     ing as humanity's salvation, but has always been--and forev-
     er will be so long as it exists--the scourge of mankind  and
     its decline.

          Jesus Defended the Right to Freely Contract and Private
     Property Rights

          Besides  the Golden Rule which Jesus commanded  as  the
     ultimate  social ethic, another Biblical account of  Jesus's
     teachings which clearly demonstrates His attitude toward the
     institution  of private property and the free and  voluntary
     trade  thereof is given in His below Parable of the  Workers

     in the Vineyard:

          Matthew  20:1-16:  "For the kingdom of  heaven  is
          like a landowner who went out early in the morning
          to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had
          agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day,  he
          sent  them  into his vineyard.  And  he  went  out
          about the third hour and saw others standing  idle
          in the marketplace, and said to them, 'You also go
          into  the vineyard, and whatever is right  I  will
          give  you.' So they went. Again he went out  about
          the  sixth and the ninth hour, and  did  likewise.
          And about the eleventh hour he went out and  found
          others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why  have
          you been standing here idle all day?' They said to
          him,  'Because no one hired us.' He said to  them,
          'You  also go into the vineyard, and  whatever  is
          right you will receive.' So when evening had come,
          the  owner  of the vineyard said to  his  steward,
          'Call  the  laborers and give  them  their  wages,
          beginning  with the last to the first.'  And  when
          those came who were hired about the eleventh hour,
          they each received a denarius.  But when the first
          came, they supposed that they would receive  more;
          and  they likewise received each a  denarius.  And
          when they had received it, they complained against
          the landowner, saying, 'These last men have worked
          only  one hour, and you made them equal to us  who
          have  borne the burden and the heat of  the  day.'
          But  he answered one of them and said, 'Friend,  I
          am  doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with  me
          for  a  denarius? Take what is yours and  go  your
          way.  I wish to give to this last man the same  as
          to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I  wish
          with my own things? Or is your eye evil because  I
          am good? So the last will be first, and the  first
          last.  For many are called, but few chosen."

          It  never ceases to amaze me when Socialists  sometimes
     try to claim that Jesus was some sort of proto-Socialist  or
     Communist.  Anyone  who is the least bit familiar  with  the
     Socialists' attitude toward such matters would know that the
     typical  Socialist  response to such a  landowner's  actions
     towards  his  workers would be to scream bloody  murder!  Of
     course,  a  Socialist government's response to such  a  land
     owner would be to exterminate him. Yet here Jesus reinforces
     the correctness of the libertarian creed on the absoluteness
     of lawfully being able to do what one wishes with their  own
     possessions, as well as being able to freely and voluntarily
     contract said possessions as one sees fit--even if doing  so
     greatly upsets others! So long as one has kept one's word in
     the  contracts  in which one has agreed to--and so  long  as
     one's actions pertain to their own property--then the  right
     of the individual to make decisions concerning their proper-
     ty remains absolute!

          Greatness is in Serving

          One of the things which most clearly demonstrates  just
     how  different  Jesus's Kingdom is to be  from  the  mortal,
     Earthly kingdoms and governments--and also why we should  be
     very careful to never confuse the two together--is given  in
     the story of when the apostles James and John came to  Jesus
     asking  if they may have the favor granted to them of  being
     able  to  sit on either side of Jesus's throne, one  to  the
     right  and  the  other to His left, and this  is  how  Jesus
     answered them:

          Mark  10:42-45: But Jesus called them  to  Himself
          and  said  to them, "You know that those  who  are
          considered  rulers over the Gentiles lord it  over
          them, and their great ones exercise authority over
          them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoev-
          er desires to become great among you shall be your
          servant.  And whoever of you desires to  be  first
          shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did
          not  come to be served, but to serve, and to  give
          His life a ransom for many." (See also Matt. 18:4;
          20:25-28 Mark 9:35; Luke 22:26.)

          How  diametrically  opposite the Kingdom of  Christ  is
     indeed  from that of the mortal, Earthly governments!  Thus,
     when  it is claimed herein that Jesus is an  "anarchist"  it
     needs to be born in mind that this is in relation to how all
     mortal governments on Earth have operated. If one wishes  to
     refer  to  the  "Government of Christ" or  the  "Kingdom  of
     Christ"  this is fine so long is one realizes that the  Gov-
     ernment  of Christ will in no sense be an actual  government
     as they exist on Earth and are controlled by mortals.

          It needs to also be pointed out here that above in Mark
     10:42 Jesus rebukes the supposed "authority" of the  Earthly
     "rulers"! Thus He says of them "You know that those who  are
     considered  rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them,  and
     their  great  ones exercise authority  over  them"--here  is
     clear proof that just because mortals on Earth may  consider
     someone  to be a "ruler" does not means that  God  considers
     them to be genuine rulers! In the eyes of God, those who are
     the  greatest  among men are those who seek to  serve  their
     fellow men, not those who seek to be served by their  fellow
     men!

          Slaves Obey Your Masters?

          While although not directly related to the issue of the
     ethical  status of government per se, some individuals  have
     asserted  that  certain statements in the New  Testament  by
     Paul  and Peter condone the institution of slavery, and  for
     this reason it is important as it concerns social  relations
     in general. Thus:

          Ephesians  6:5-9:  Bondservants,  be  obedient  to
          those who are your masters according to the flesh,
          with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as
          to  Christ; not with eyeservice, as  men-pleasers,
          but  as bondservants of Christ, doing the will  of
          God  from the heart, with goodwill doing  service,
          as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that  wha-
          tever  good anyone does, he will receive the  same
          from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.  And
          you,  masters, do the same things to them,  giving
          up threatening, knowing that your own Master  also
          is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

          Colossians  3:22-4:1:  Bondservants, obey  in  all
          things  your masters according to the  flesh,  not
          with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity
          of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do  it
          heartily,  as to the Lord and not to men,  knowing
          that from the Lord you will receive the reward  of
          the  inheritance; for you serve the  Lord  Christ.
          But  he who does wrong will be repaid for what  he
          has  done,  and there is no  partiality.  Masters,
          give  your  bondservants what is  just  and  fair,
          knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

          1  Timothy 6:1,2: Let as many bondservants as  are
          under  the yoke count their own masters worthy  of
          all  honor, so that the name of God and  His  doc-
          trine  may not be blasphemed. And those  who  have
          believing  masters,  let  them  not  despise  them
          because  they are brethren, but rather serve  them
          because those who are benefited are believers  and
          beloved. Teach and exhort these things.

          Titus  2:9,10: Exhort bondservants to be  obedient
          to  their own masters, to be well pleasing in  all
          things,  not  answering back, not  pilfering,  but
          showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the
          doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

          1  Peter 2:18-25: Servants, be submissive to  your
          masters  with all fear, not only to the  good  and
          gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commen-
          dable,  if  because of conscience toward  God  one
          endures  grief,  suffering  wrongfully.  For  what
          credit  is  it if, when you are  beaten  for  your
          faults,  you  take it patiently? But when  you  do
          good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is
          commendable  before  God.  For to  this  you  were
          called,  because  Christ  also  suffered  for  us,
          leaving us an example, that you should follow  His
          steps:

          "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His
          mouth";  who, when He was reviled, did not  revile
          in return; when He suffered, He did not  threaten,
          but committed Himself to Him who judges righteous-
          ly;  who Himself bore our sins in His own body  on
          the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live
          for  righteousness--by  whose  stripes  you   were
          healed. For you were like sheep going astray,  but
          have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer  of
          your souls.

          But to quote the above passages as condoning the insti-
     tution of slavery, one would thereby be confusing the offer-
     ing  of pragmatic advice on how to best handle a bad  situa-
     tion  as granting the rightness of that situation.  Yet  ob-
     viously  Peter and Paul didn't so regard the institution  of
     slavery as being at all just, for then there would have been
     no cause for Peter compare the slave's suffering to that  of
     Jesus  in 1 Peter 2:21-25--as certainly any  true  Christian
     regards  the scourging and execution of Jesus to  have  been
     unjust, to say the very least. Thus the fact that Peter  did
     compare the slave's suffering to that of Jesus is by  itself
     enough to demonstrate that he considered it to be unjust.

          So what of the actual ethical status of the institution
     of  slavery  as it concerns Jesus's own teachings?  On  this
     question  there can be no doubt, as one of the main  reasons
     Jesus  came was to call us to liberty! Jesus said this  Him-
     self as recorded in Luke 4:16-21:

          So  He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought  up.
     And  as  His custom was, He went into the synagogue  on  the
     Sabbath  day,  and stood up to read. And He was  handed  the
     book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book,

     He found the place where it was written:

     "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
     Because He has anointed Me
     To preach the gospel to the poor;
     He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
     To proclaim liberty to the captives
     And recovery of sight to the blind,
     To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
     To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

          Then  He closed the book, and gave it back to  the  at-
     tendant  and sat down. And the eyes of all who were  in  the
     synagogue  were fixed on Him. And He began to say  to  them,
     "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

          So here we have it: Jesus Himself said that He came  to
     proclaim  liberty to the captives and to set at liberty  the
     oppressed!

          The word "liberty" in Luke 4:18 is a translation of the
     Greek  word  aphesis,  and means: release  from  bondage  or
     imprisonment; forgiveness or pardon, i.e., remission of  the
     penalty. Thus, it is a complete and absolute negation of the
     condition  of  being  a slave. And  since  there  exists  no
     recorded  instance of Jesus qualifying the above  statement,
     it then becomes quite clear that Jesus is very much  against
     the institution of slavery--besides of course slavery  being
     totally incompatible with the Golden Rule.

          So how are we to make better sense of Paul and  Peter's
     above statements, since it is clear that the institution  of
     slavery is very anti-Christian in the most literal sense  of
     the  word  (i.e.,  as it concerns  the  actual  doctrine  as
     preached by Jesus Christ)?


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