Thursday, August 12, 2010

Every tongue shall lick his boots--eternally! Philippians

Chapter 1
  • Verses 15 - 18: "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry...[preaching] Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me...But the important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached." How would preaching Christ stir up trouble for Paul? Surely it would cause him no trouble if they were preaching the truth. So they must have been preaching lies. But if that's the case, why couldn't Paul just point out that these liars weren't performing any miracles? As I've asked before, would God allow false teachers to perform miracles? If so, then we need to ignore all of the miracles of Jesus, Peter, Paul, etc., and try to discern whether their message seems like the kind of message one would expect from a Supreme Being.
  • Verse 19: Paul mentions the "Spirit of Jesus Christ". It has always seemed to me that the Holy Spirit is like a neglected stepchild. Here, it appears that he's not really talking about the Holy Spirit of the not-yet-formulated doctrine of the Trinity. Otherwise one might expect him to say, "The Holy Spirit," rather than the "Spirit of Jesus Christ". Sounds like Paul was not a Trinitarian.
  • Verses 21 - 23: " me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet...I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far". This is one of the glaring weaknesses of Jesusianism: the claim that being with Christ is better, but the tendency toward unwillingness to go and be with Christ, and especially the tendency toward trying to keep other people, regardless of their earthly sufferings, alive on earth and suffering. Paul emphasizes this weird hypocrisy in Chapter 2, Verse 27, when he says that God, in allowing Epaphroditus to continue his earthly existence, was having mercy on him.
Chapter 2
  • Verses 5 - 6: A perfect opportunity for Paul to say explicitly that Jesus is the same creature as Yahweh, the human manifestation of the Supreme Being of the universe. What does Paul say? Depending on your translation, Christ was in the form of God, was in very nature God, had equal status with God, was essentially one with God, was like God, and one translation just comes right out and says that "he was God" (New Living Translation). The original Greek, at least according to this Greek bible website, centers on these two words: "μορφῇ θεοῦ", which come out of Babel Fish as "form of god". I'm not willing to accept these two words, tossed up with some flowery prose and written by a guy who is not exactly the clear thinker one might expect in a spokesperson for Jesus himself, as even a suggestion that Jesus is God. If Jesus were God, this would have been a perfect opportunity for Paul to say, explicitly, "Jesus is God." How hard would that have been? Why would God have made it so obscure, given that it loves us all and wants all of us to be saved?
  • Verses 8 - 9: Jesus "became obedient to death--even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place..." So much is made of Jesus' death. But if he knew that his death was temporary, that his suffering was for the purpose of sparing billions of people from his hideous monster-father, then his death doesn't seem like such a big deal to me. I bet you could find many, many people who would take on Jesus' punishment (even spending three days in hell, which Jesus definitely did not do--even if he did go to hell it was only for about a day and a half), if they knew that doing so would spare tens of billions of people from infinite torture. No, I wouldn't want to do it, and I can't claim that I would, but I also am not held up the world over as the example of supreme sacrifice. Jesus just doesn't impress me. I guess that's why I started making all these videos.
  • Verses 10 - 11: " the name of Jesus every knee should bow...and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." This dude has one massive ego. An infinite ego, I presume, because even the most narcissistic mortal would get tired of having his boots licked after a while. But not Jesus, not Yahweh. This deity is infinite in all respects.
Chapter 4
  • Verse 1: This is fairly typical of any Jesusianismist discourse: a bunch of hot air, ending with, "...that is how you should stand firm in the Lord..." Just go watch any Jesusianismist on YouTube and you'll notice that they say absolutely nothing, and then conclude their pontifications as though they've just filled your head to overflowing. I guess that's what their god wants of them.
  • Verse 8: "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." If you guys showed even a hint that you're doing anything like this, you'd have a lot more converts.

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