Steve Rummler: Know, learn Christ

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I am comfortable with every person I have ever met who believed in the teachings of Christ, all of his teachings.

However, those who choose to ignore some of Christ's teachings make me a little uncomfortable. I've met people who verbally claim Christ as their savior and yet seem to have a deep faith in materialism and, more disturbingly, hate. Often, they have memorized passages from the Bible and can quote them freely. But when it comes to Christ's teachings, they speak as though some just don't count.

What did Christ mean when he said, "Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone"? Or, "Love thine enemies as thyself"?

I have asked myself: Can I be a Christian and look down my nose at someone who is poor? Can I love Christ and hate my enemies? If I hate, can I even understand Christ's teachings? Is it OK for me to kill for Christ?

The questions keep coming. What kind of a man would say he knows Christ and yet preaches hate? Who were these "false prophets" Christ spoke of? Didn't Christ say, "As you do unto the least of men so do you do unto me"? What did that mean?

What did he mean for us to glean from his tale of the "Good Samaritan"? While I'm at it, what did he mean when he said, "Judgment is mine sayeth the Lord"? Or when he admonished his followers not to lay up treasures here on earth? How does that fit in with the ownership society? What kind of man would want us to lay up treasure here on earth?

Again, whom did Christ mean when he warned us about false prophets? And finally, what would be the opposites of peace, love and charity? It appears there is more to Christianity than just politics.

Steve Rummler

Steamboat Springs

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