I usually write poetry, but today was heavy for me so I decide to write something people can get offended at.
A minor study:
Okay, so anyone that knows me should know by now that I literally hate religigong (that's right, it's sounding brass to me); that doesn't mean I don't have beliefs that will ruffle your feathers. I don't really see myself as a Christian anymore, but I believe there is some truth to be found in that book. However, because people are such crybabies, my more polar posts have been removed from Facebook (land of censorship.) So this is basically about Paul's view on the kingdom of heaven, and I don't particularly believe Paul was any more Christ like than I am... I mean we're both convicts and he's much more widely read, but that's because he appealed directly to Ceasar which led to the churchification of the Empire. I don't think that's a good thing at all and if you read Revelation (purported author: John), you may start to see that the warnings and the beast were in specific reference to Rome and the papacy.
The below excerpt is from Corinthians and I'm gonna pick it apart; because I think many Christians are utter hypocrites with beams in their eyes. The most powerful scripture ever written in my opinion was “...love one another...”, my other favorite is “judge not lest ye be judged.” So in this bundle of nerves, Paul is admonishing other Christians (notice that the letter is written to a church at Corinth, not the guy reading your bumper sticker) not to be naughty and the things he lists as sinful, in my opinion are culturally poignant in their significance. What I'm saying is that, basically, what's right for you might not be right for me and vice versa. It is not my job to define your morality, whether I feel compelled to or not.
So Paul says that these people can't partake in the kingdom of God: people who have extramarrital sex, people who worship things, people who cheat, gays, thieves, haters, drunks, shittalkers, and extortioners. Gosh Paul, that pretty much includes everybody, this heaven you speak of is gonna be pretty empty. I mean the bible says that we are all adulterers (Hosea 7:4.) This is why I think that Paul was just the reincarnator of Judaism into Christianity. I'm not saying that we shouldn't be on our best behaviour, but if this fellow Jesus actually died for our sins and yet admits that we are treacherous, then either salvation is in His hands alone or somebody is lying to us and we need to try harder to save ourselves. I mean, basically, Paul is saying you have to be perfect to join the team. Furthermore, Paul is saying that some sins are worse than others, but as I recall: eating a freaking apple got us kicked out of Eden. Sin is sin, and forgiveness is forgiveness; you either have it or you don't. A gift freely given has no price. Please don't expect me to believe that you have the insider information on who is going to be in heaven when we get there. I personally believe that heaven/hell is here and now. It's what you make of it, otherwise Jesus wouldn't have said, “the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Think about it. As for my eschatological views; I am a preterist, maybe even heretically so. I don't really think that religion will save anyone, but I am convinced that love will and I don't believe that anything can seperate me from the love I have.
The one salient message in there though is this (don't get me started on homophobia and cultural differentiation): revilers are shittalkers, people who use their words to hurt other people. I can cuss without attacking a person and I believe this to be permissable whether people choose to become offended or not; I've gotten people angry and offended with sheer politeness on several occasions. Using your words to abuse another person makes it dismally unlikely that you will be able to enjoy yourself genuinely. I've done it and I hated the way it felt. Now, living in the heaven where I dwell, I've found that speaking gentle truth in kindness feels much better. I don't have to respond negatively to stressful bullshit. So... like, the lesson was this last paragraph here, congratulations if you didn't unfriend me. I love you.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.