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John 16,2 They shall put you out of the synagoges. Yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

RELIGIOUS FANATICISM

Lying on the side of the road is a beaten up, robbed, and half dead HUMAN. The thieves have fled. A priest comes along on the same road, and also later on a levite. Both of them see the severely wounded man lying there, but one like the other, they continue on their way. Fortunately for the injured man, a Samaritan comes along (the Samaritans were despised by society) He sees what has taken place and straight away takes action; he binds and treats the wounds, brings the casualty into an inn, pays the costs for him and goes on his way. Read Luke 10,25-37 What is Jesus trying to say through this parable? It is very simple! A religion is useless if:

(a) the love of God for your neighbour is missing.
(b) compassion is talked about but not practised.

The people from Samaria were hated by the general public, and priests just like the levites, shared the same contempt. Their attitude reveals that they still had not grasped the basic principle taught by God of "Loving your neighbour as yourself." The way in which they served God was all for nothing, for such people are only serving themselves.

Concealed behind the cries of "In the name of God" and "Holy war", are those who want to justify their deaths and murders. It is the same spirit of the Middle Ages (Crusades), with the same empty promises: "Then you will all get to heaven" whereby they lure the people for their own purposes. They think that they are doing God a favour.

Jesus also says in Matthew 26,52: "...for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." It is a warning for all fanatics, no matter which religion or faith. In the revelation of John 21,8, the judgement and end of such servants, who think that they are pleasing God when they kill people is described. It looks like, that the devil always finds a dumb one who helps him.

God's word means what it says. There is no other saviour apart from Jesus Christ. Therefore, Jesus says: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." It does not matter which nationality you are each person needs Jesus of Nazareth to be saved; otherwise, he or she will die in their sins. The sacrifice which Jesus made on the cross at Calvary is complete. He paid the price with his life.

Jesus is coming again, for us as a redeemer, but for them as their judge. Blessed is the one who is obedient to the gospel. But woe to the others. (rw)

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