Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A just and loving God

"No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor," were Obama's words in Texas at the funeral of the thirteen victims of a jihadist. "And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice – in this world and the next."

That's right! No just and loving God looks upon such acts with favor: it is what we have been taught in our Christian tradition.

PUTUS, and with him the majority of the MSM, seem to hold it true for all religious traditions, and in particular for that of Major Hasan.

I am not sure, however, that Major Hasan thought it the same way. According to his tradition he was earning paradise for himself, because God – they call it Allah – was looking favorably to him.

To put it rather bluntly: POTUS, and with him the MSM, can well refer all faiths to a "just and loving God", because God is always just and loving… for his faithful.

But only for them.

For them the world is divided in two: friends, belonging to the same human group to whom God's love goes, therefore to be loved, and enemies, those outside the group of the beloved ones, therefore to be hated.

There was one, though, who said: love your enemies as your friends.

Already before him, however, God's law was: thou shall not kill – without any limits set to it.

Thus Jews and Christians have been taught to recognize the humanity of every man, as being all God's children.

Wars, as we all too well know, didn't cease. However, at least in doctrine, it was out, save for the case of "just war", run in self defense.

No easy concept, I grant. But enough, I should think, to be careful in assessing when and where we are in the presence of a real threat.

Not to look indiscriminately at everybody outside the circle of the "true believers", as a threat against God's blessed ones: which means "us", which means "me".


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