Farcical Churchmongers and Jesus
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Jesus and Other New Testament Stands on Divorce
In the case of Jesus, four gospels and letters speak of him and put words in his mouth, suggesting they are verbatim. They are not, many of them. Nobody was told to take down notes when he talked, and we have no indication that anybody did it on the spot. and his sayings are not exactly similar from gospel to gospel either.
Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. [Luke 16:18]
"It has been said, "Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce." [Matthew 5:31] But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery. [Matthew 5:32]
COMMENT. The gospels differ both in how much they write on divorce, and in their "Jesus quotations", which are at best renderings:
Suppose you have to counsel a Christian in matters of remarrying. On the horns of such a dilemma you may first find that the weight of Mark and Luke is twice as heavy as the weight of Matthew - supposedly, in that they are 2:1. Still, take in all and get a good grasp: In Romans and New Testament letters remarriage is permitted after a husband or wife dies: it is even encouraged in some cases [Romans 7:1-3, 1 Corinthians 7:8-9, 7:39, 1 Timothy 5:14].
You should be free to cast away what makes people stupid and infantile.
Buddhist Teachings on Marriage and Divorce (Recommended)
Take sensible counsel in the matter before divorcing.
Marriage. To understand what Buddhism refers to, one has to understand that in Buddhism marriage is regarded as entirely a personal concern. Buddhism allows each individual the freedom to decide for himself all the issues pertaining to marriage. Buddhist texts are silent on the subject of monogamy or polygamy, yet the Buddhist laity is advised to limit themselves to one wife. Buddha also gave splendid advice on how to live a happily married life by what roles to fill to get the best out of it. It is wise and advisable to be faithful to one wife and not to to run after other women, says Buddhism, for effects of sexual misconduct include getting many enemies, being hated, and union with undesirable wives and husbands [cf. Dhammapada 309-10].
Marriage is a fine basis for individuals to be nurtured. In marriage, each partner develops a complementary role with appreciative recognition of the other's favours and skills. It is to be a gentle partnership of equality.
Divorce. Separation or divorce is not prohibited in handed-over Buddhism. Men and women must have the liberty to separate if they really cannot agree with each other. Separation is preferable to avoid miserable family life for a long period of time. One guiding principle is not to do harm to others or to oneself. Buddha further advises old men not to have young wives, as the old and young are unlikely to be compatible, which in case creates undue problems.
The Essence of the Foregoing
Being sound is better than going for being a follower of Jesus, says Jesus [Mark 2:17; Matthew 9:11-12; Luke 5:32]. It is regularly better to be healthy than mentally ill or a flock animal (sheep, conformist).
When you suspect psychopathy in some sect leader or adamant, incoherent freak and cult monger, reduce your involvement. A hardened psychopath cannot get well.
Each year some hundred thousands get kidnapped by a parent in the United States, and some of them end up in various sects and cults.
Along the way, at one point in your life you could realise that your mom is a sect monger - what then? Disentangle yourself first.
Many religious people may be dangerously limiting and prohibiting people. Value yourself full well.
Christianity has turned its coat and changed a lot as the "wind" has blown. When Christianity changes for wealth, power, influence, and prestige, many appear to stand by such Mammon-urges. When Christianity bargained itself into the position of being the sole state religion of the Roman Empire in the years before AD 400, Christians were to serve the state as soldiers. During centuries earlier, Christians preferred another sort of martyrdom, that of turning the other cheek and so on. Christianity has changed - the following of dictating Jesus has been beaten for a long, long time far and wide, since the time of the Council of Jerusalem and its Apostolic Decree around 50 CE.
The Boss and His Mind-Battering that is Called OK
The Boss in Christianity has very many marks of an insane, totalitarian fellow, and claims to be God and not just His equal. The latter urge or claim was the devil's mistake, allegedly.
Have no room for "meta-cannibalistic" rituals and ceremonialism, or for ripping your eyes out for seeing interesting things with pleasure. Those who take to threatening youngsters to vomit evil spirit into a night pot - "the demon pot" - excel in primitive conduct that apes are spared of.
Another mark of the sectarian is the willingness to forego next to everything in the gospels to be served by the cult and sect and abide by the leader(s) on top. Sectarians find it profitable or convenient to limit young ones - controlling and manipulating others. Some psychopaths are excellent in psyching out victims.
Further, salvation bandits play on the easily aroused emotions of youths. They do much harm, speaking of "following Jesus", someone that not even his eleven disciples and the Holy Ghost found fit to adhere to [Acts 15; 21:25]. The scam means manipulation for power - enrolling paying members - through recruiting "young blood" to abuse, especially. As member it is possible to wither and get reduced and dwarfed a whole lot.
Saying masses will probably help nothing against mayhem on the free spirit of children and young ones: religious and crank indoctrination is widespread. To misuse the trusting, id-based faith of children to form sick bonds is disgusting and despicable.
The cult and sect sees it fit to dupe the crew - as long as the cult or sect is served by Mammon, brain-battered little children, power and phoney prestige.
Watch out for a grace that serves criminals and vicious psychopaths, and which aggravates and mars conditions for good people. Jesus rather bluntly says: "Why do you call me good? Nobody is . . . ". He also established that his followers had to suffer.
Jesus was likely to be a fraud son of Yahweh, for he was against vital parts of the Law of his Father. Are there any good signs he has he become any better now?
How to diagnose mental disorders is nothing advanced in our days. Diagnosing work is labelling work.
Never obey dwarfing teachings like, "Do good to those who hate you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and . . . do not demand it back. [Luke 6:27-30]."
Instead, focus on giving to deserving, worthy ones. That is a Buddhist perspective. Teachings of Jesus, on the other hand, are quite ideal for thieves and other thieves, brutal bullies, but not for nice and decent people. Those who live as Jesus commanded his sheep, do their share in fostering a corrupt society, a den of robbers, thieves and bullies. In the long run that is what Christianity is for: for outsmarting good people far and wide.
Where the whole society is not good, a healthy individual may be branded as ill. There is ample reason to choose good congenial company if you are a "plus deviant" as Abraham Maslow calls those singular persons he identified as different from the lot in a positive way.
When the large society is inferior, good persons may suffer, and some snap. The Libanese-American philosopher-poet Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) writes in The prophet: "When the black thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall examine the loom also." That wider scenario takes into account the conditions, bad contacts, and dependency of a person, and does not put all the "blame" on the individual in question. The Scottish psychiatrist Ronald D. Laing holds such a view.
On the other hand some who have a good reputation, may owe it to a crowd with less than wanted discernment as to what is of value.
How far You Can Go after the Ghost Cancelled the Law, Commandments, and Jesus?
There are many threats in the Bible. Very few of them are valid any longer for Gentile Christians according to Acts 15 and 21:25 [It says Gentile followers are required to abstain from just four things, including eating blood food), or for followers of other religions or ways of life, particularly Buddhism.
Abraham Maslow's findings indicate that mature people feel guilt about falling short too, not only doing something ugly. Hence, if you feel guilt, maybe you should check the reasons for it, and not just try to make it go away by a hectic lifestyle and drugs or frantic churchmonging or whatever. Some things need to be thought over, and the matters of the heart are heavyweight reasons, at least if heartfelt. Seek to remedy a wrong, make things good before deteriorations get worse.
Jesus was called a blasphemer, son of the devil (evil), insane, and executed as a criminal.
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. [Rom 13:1]," decrees Paul.
Christians give him lip service as it serves them, ignoring or forgetting that the authorities got rid of Jesus and wanted no Christianity at all.
As for the documentation Jesus suffered from this and that mental disease, it is the Bible that legitimates these alerts along with contemporary psychiatry. Added: Jesus was also called insane, blasphemous and demon-possessed and publicly executed as a criminal against contemporary law. And one is to beware of projecting marks of illness onto another in another culture. Yet, according to significant indicators, the biblical sect maker Jesus conforms to many hallmarks of mentally disordered and deranged people, and not just a few of them. Followers of Jesus claim they have him inside themselves. Maybe they should not.
A tapeworm inside is not good, either, so get rid of it. Adjust fairly to this caution: "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick . . . "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." [Matthew 9:12-13]"
Do a good turn; reveal cult coercion. Just because cult members use the words "God" and "holy" and threats does not mean any fair God is with them at all.
Adjust to the information that all the apostles and the Holy Ghost dispensed with the commands of Jesus. [Acts 15; 21:25]. See how they followed Jesus after the turning-point: Out of concern they dropped all that Jesus commanded for Jews only - the Jews-only teachings. There are next to no other teachings of Jesus. Almost all of his sayings were meant for Jews only, but they had him flogged and executed. So they could not have been his sheep or chickens anyway, despite all he had said to the contrary - Insistence is not enough. Maybe he should have learnt that too [John 10:14; 10:26-27]. Also, the missionary command at the end of Matthew, is almost certainly a later, added forgery. It stands disproved by Acts in particular, but also the letters, to name two data banks to compare with in the matter.
In the end Jesus asked Peter - not Paul - to take care of his sheep. And Peter and all the other apostles - and the Holy Ghost - dispensed with enormous amounts of what Jesus had said for Jews as not needed. Good to know it. [Acts 15; 21:25]
"To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come [Matthew 17:11-12]." Here Jesus appears to say something like, "He who has come, will come later." What kind of teaching is that?
Provocations in the hands of fools are nothing good
Is nasty provocation a reliable part of a test? It is an infringement on human rights. Being provocative is not really a great move, even though some psychiatrists use it on patients.
Another suspect approach is illustrated by Ludwig Binswanger who wrote a psychoanalytic study of a person based on her diary. The Case of Ellen West. He analysed her from her diary outpourings. The psychodynamically oriented Erik H. Erikson did the same with Martin Luther; he wrote an insightful book about him. A source of error to take into consideration is that of judging a writer by his or her outpourings and the opinions of bystanders.
Put no great trust in anything of the gospels, for your own good
Retold sayings and tales are what the gospels offer, so put no literal faith in anything there. Non-Jewish Christians may just bypass them, says Acts 15; 21:25. No to blood food (black pudding and the like) is one of four requirements, but no saying of Jesus is included there.
Sheepish ones, or Gentile followers, do not have to profess daily they believe blindly in the sayings of Jesus without following all of them. As it is, they have better sense than plucking out their eyes after buying TVs, for example, or tear off their limbs for harbouring desires. They "follow with their lips", as seems convenient. They are not required to be hypocrites either, according to Acts 15. They can stand by the deal for Gentile followers in so far as they are non-Jewish. And it is not the lack of foreskin alone that makes a Jew. Resting a lot on Saturdays (Sabbaths) counts too, and 613 enumerated things to do, what to eat and what not to eat, for example.
Today rabbis are uncertain as to which insects are specifically permitted, so now all insects are prohibited "to be on the safe side". [More]
To be considered all right or normal among sick sheep and Christians - shudder. Maslow's adequate persons are not like them. The humanist has written books about such findings. [Link]
As for Jesus, or Jeshua as his real name is, we have to decide how valid it is to cry "In the name of Jesus" when that word is a translation. Early followers were quick to dispense with his language too - Aramaic, most likely. Their professed Son-God's language was not good enough at the time, when Greek dominance was a factor to reckon with in the Roman Empire.
The Norwegian psychiatrist professor Tollak B. Sirnes has written books about mental health and psychopaths. They have no normal sense of shame. They lie shamelessly and disregard others, their property, their lives, their heart feelings, and what they own. They can be expert at feigning, and misusing the overbearance, kindness and goodness of others. Psychopaths may not be healed, and their deceptions may go on a long, long time. It is a mistake to try to help such cases. Staying away from them works better, for most part.
Psychopaths are the dangerous loonies, making victims of mates, their family, and children, even. [Toh]
Watch out for Jesus and his crime-bent, crime-fostering sheep. The Jews shouted in unison they preferred to let a robber live rather than him. You should note that.
"There are other mental illnesses to judge him by too"
Believers guess that "the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky." [Matthew 24:30] Interestingly, the Second Coming is a time for mourning. It is different with happy welcomes.
When it comes to mental disorders and derangements, things are seldom clear-cut. What an expert has to do, is to base his wary analysis on quite typical conduct more than stray sayings, of course. Repeated actions speak louder than words. As for words, often-repeated words should carry more weight than stray ones. There could be exceptions to that, though. The Good Doctor uses the hallmarks of the checklists on the two previous pages and counts hits as he sees them. He can weigh at least some of the parameters too, to catch the severity of disease symptoms better. If not, the rough estimate is that over five markings on the list seem to "make Jesus qualified" as a psychopathic ass - inflicting torture on innocents and the like, as he guarantees in the gospels: "All men will hate you because of me [Matthew 10:22]." Just because he said it, does not make it so.
When Massa Jesus scores at least five points of the list of a well qualified doctor, that doctor has to call him insane and disregard his personal distress in such a matter of crucial impact to a believer.
The Jews that condemned him to death and rather would have a highwayman saved, might have concluded that he suffered from a compulsive mental disorder and put him in an asylum back then, but there were not qualified diagnostics and funny farms around then, unless you think of competing fractions of Judaism as sects for people of similar crazes.
Here the main point is that if you want to diagnose him and others better, more safely and properly, try to weigh the different scores on the measurement scale - in addition to and over and above a "yes" to that "he wanted others to "be ye perfect as his Father" (who was like himself and heaven too, he says), and was inflexible enough to get himself crucified.
Jesus adheres to morbid, unjustified morality (cut off your hand if it offends you mentally and such things); and strong wants and demands for control of those around him.
Further, "Why do you call me good?" he keeps asking through the gospel . . . [Mark 10:18]
It might take a psychometrist from another culture than a Jesus-submissive or Jesus-hailing one to assess that since he scores on 7 out of 9 clues, he should be dismissed as God too. Others who claim to be God, like he did, are put away and given mind drugs in attempts to soothe their symptoms, for sure.
So was Jesus one more megalomaniac who thought faultily about his mission (for Jews only), about himself as God who was forsaken by God on the cross, and so on? There is a long list. Mind heartfelt feelings in filling in your scores on Jesus. Experience counts a lot. Accordingly, fair and bright insiders could know best "where the shoe pinches". You may not get exactly the same score as an expert who is not a common Christian conformist, but the gospel presentation of Jesus, his deeds, schemes, and sayings, add up to some great and sinister signs of a megalomaniac of inflexible, dogmatic mind, or a compulsive personality disorder. From somewhere in Acts it was found fit to "cast the net of Gentiles instead"; neighbouring peoples were to pay the price since the Jews were adamant against it. If he had really atoned for the sins of all, as some so fondly imagine, why on earth the millions of martyrs? Why decreeing that followers would be hated by all? Consider, further, how many are "all"?
The guru of self-maiming and self-impoverishment goes against pregnant part of the Old Testament, which show that wealth (mammon) is really a good thing in a life, and signifies God's blessing. "I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new [Lev 26:3-14; cf. Deut 30:16-17; 31:29 etc.]." Health and wealth suit upright, sensible people, but not Jesus when the talk is of his followers. He talks a lot of casting mountains into the sea and drinking deadly poison instead, along with the ruminations of letting bad guys win, by turning the other cheek, allowing them to have their way and be able to do more evil.
Much depends on
People differ; allow for it and see to sound precautions in time.
Branding by unqualified people does amount to Sachlichkeit, or well qualified skilfulness as a diagnostician. Lay persons should refrain from labelling others in public as satanic and blasphemous and insane, and leave it to those who can afford to to it and maybe make mistakes too.
Among laypersons and professionals, there is much confusion about the meanings and differences of the labels used. The official stance of the American Psychiatric Association as presented in the DSM-IV-TR is that psychopathy and sociopathy are obsolete synonyms for antisocial personality disorder. The World Health Organization takes a similar stance in its ICD-10 by referring to psychopathy, sociopathy, antisocial personality, asocial personality, and amoral personality as synonyms for dissocial personality disorder.
For all these reasons and more, indicators of psychopathology in someone are to be interpreted carefully. At least a number of them need to be present over a period of years.
The childhood of Jesus cannot be studied, nor the true reasons for his "compensating, invented father substitute".
See if you find these and other hallmarks confirmed in children:
It is only fair to stay carefully away from someone you suspect to be a psychopath after living among his or her adherents and faking followers and studying that one for years.
Beware of fiendish folks who claim to stand for "the original Christianity of Jesus Christ". Some cheat and lie in so doing - which is bad. And if they do not cheat and lie and lead astray for getting followers, that is bad as well, since there is no such thing as Christianity of Jesus. There are few original teachings by him too, and you go downward by forsaking clarity of mind, the range of vision, and getting tied down in cult circles.
Hence, if the "original Christians" are seen to cheat, run away. If they do not cheat and lie, run away even faster, for such following makes victims out of people. You should know that.
Jesus has very many of the signs of psychopathy. Psychopaths may tyrannise, hurt and derange others. Be on the safe side as long as you can and care more for pigs and other animals than Jesus.
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