Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jesus is killing Indians.

Jesus is Killing Indians. Holy Heck!!! What and awful thing to say! It's blasphemy. I don't believe it is a bad thing to say that Jesus is killing Indians, because it is true. Yes, it is. Before you get all holy roller on me, and sentence me to Hell, let me state the evidence and my reasons.

There are over two billion practicing Christians in the world today and about one and a half billion Muslims. In North America there are approximately five and half million Native people. Not sure of what amount of the four million American Indians, and the one and half million Indians (including Metis) are practicing Indian Spirituality (i.e. Indian Religion, also known as Traditionalists). It is the aim of Jesus to convert people. Christianity has been very successful. We don't know how many Indian people still believe in their OWN way. They have been effectively killed of their own beliefs. Is this a bad thing? Jesus would say no, as according to him, He is "the only way". Christians believe that this their truth and therefore they can get away with anything as long is it in the name of Jesus; conversion, battle, governing, and betrayal.

Christianity is no stranger to killing. From the conversion of the Saxons to the First Crusades against the Turks. In our days [God] has fought through Christian men in Asia against the Turks and in Europe against the Moors.[29] So the evidence and history has been for Jesus, Christians to go to war. Much of wars, pre-industrial age, were savage and bloody. Even though Jesus is not wielding the swords of war himself, his minions are still carrying on the battle in his name. In society today, you can still find Jesus dressing up as a battle warrior or having his name used in battle cries and war groups. Examples include: God's Commando Army; Christian Commandos; The Army of God; Commandos for Christ; etc.

Christianity is very adept at rationalizing the conquest of people: Psalm 94:16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

Under various theological and legal doctrines formulated during and after the Crusades, non-Christians were considered enemies of the Catholic faith and, as such, less than human. Accordingly, in the bull of 1452, Pope Nicholas directed King Alfonso to "capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ," to "put them into perpetual slavery," and "to take all their possessions and property." [Davenport: 20-26]

Jesus even has a "law" that allows him to claim land where Indigenous people are living. It is called the: Doctrine of Discovery This law has been used to rationalize the brutal slaying of whole cultures in the name of Jesus. Good stuff that Doctrine, if you want to wash your hands of bloody crimes against other people, of the other God's children. A good cleansing of the fact that in the name of Jesus, people are butchered and displaced. History is filled with accounts of the brutality all in the name of Jesus.

It is well known that the Conquistadors employed despicable methods of torture and de-humanize non-Christians throughout the southern seas. On a daily basis the conquistadors would take one of the local Indigenous folk and chop off their hands for all to see. Well that was way back when and people were brutal everywhere. In even more modern times we have seen the Jesus followers act in suspicious, if not really bad behaviour. Take Nazi Germany and the (attempted)extermination of the Jew.

Christianity and the Perpetrators
. Almost all perpetrators arose from Christian culture and some of them were devout Christians. For example the commandant of Auschwitz Hoess was a devout Catholic, Tiso the President of Slovakia was a Catholic priest. In many camps the killing was suspended on Sundays, so that the murderers could attend Church services. At no time were the killers censured by the religious authorities or denied the last rites in time of their execution.


A noted theologian, Prof. Littell stated:

"It is amazing to me, a Christian theologian, to see how the idea of "the silence of the churches" during the Nazi genocide of the Jews still is passed on. Why couldn't we hear "the silence?" Could it be because of the thunderous adulation accorded the Fuehrer by so many of the church "leaders," leading the mobs that after the Enabling Act passed for repositories of "public opinion?" Cardinal von Galen, actually in some respects one of the better clerics, in MARCH of 1942, in a Pastoral Letter to memorialize those fallen in battle, wrote: "They intended to defeat Bolshevism through a new crusade with the battlecry "God wills it" - as a few years before the liberator Franco in an address in Seville proclaimed Christian goals. They died for Europe, to hold back the threatening red flood and to create a protecting wall for the entire western world." There are many similar documents in the record. We may regret deeply the self-deception and misreading of the historical situa- tion that led to the churches' - and not just the German! - optimism about Hitler, but have we now come to a time of re-writing history? The bitter truth is that the Christians faithful unto death - Bonhoeffer, Lichtenberg, Delp, Jaegerstaetter, von Moltke - were FEW IN NUMBER, and almost universally abandonned by the Princes of the Church and other Eminenten of the established churches.
Conclusions:
Christianity does not bear a historical responsibility for the Holocaust, but because of the anti-Semitism it fostered, Christianity bears a moral responsibility for the supporting roles or inaction of the Christian population during the Shoah, and for the general indifference and silence of the Christian Churches.



Is Christianity the One True Religion?


Yes, Christianity is the one true religion. That may sound awfully dogmatic and narrow-minded, but the simple truth is that Christianity is the only true religion. Jesus said that He alone was the way to the Father (John 14:6), that He alone revealed the Father (Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22). Christians do not go around saying Christianity is the only way because they are arrogant, narrow-minded, stupid, and judgmental. They do so because they believe what Jesus said. They believe in Jesus, who claimed to be God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14), who forgave sins (Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20; 7:48), and who rose from the dead (Luke 24:24-29; John 2:19f). Jesus said that He was the only way. Jesus is unique. He was either telling the truth, He was crazy, or He was a liar. But since everyone agrees that Jesus was a good man, how then could He be both good and crazy, or good and a liar? He had to be telling the truth. He is the only way.


Christianity is not just a religion; it is a relationship with God. It is a trusting in Jesus and what He did on the cross (1 Cor. 15:1-4), not on what you can do for yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9).


Buddha didn't rise from the dead, nor did Confucius or Zoroaster. Muhammad didn't fulfill detailed prophecy. Alexander the Great didn't raise the dead or heal the sick. And though there is far less reliable information written about them, people believed in them.


The scripture is right when it says in 1 Pet. 2:7-8, "This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, 'The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,' and, 'A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense'; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed." (NASB).
Lots of doom against people that are not Jesus followers. It is quite remarkable the amount of destruction Jesus has and is causing. Strange because isn't He the Salvation? I guess if you are not saved you get killed? Killing seems to the be way of the Christian. If they are not killing you literally, than they will kill your Spirit, your way of life, your belief system, and who you are. It is quite ingenious, and cruel. If you can't have the water, then poison the well.

We know that Jesus is very powerful, no doubt about it. We have Indigenous people all over the world bowing down to his Teachings. I can see the allure to his preachings. It is about the good things, that all of us hope to capture. We even start to use his voice, his language. Hallelujah. Me I don't know but I do like the song by Leonard Cohen (others like the song in the Shrek movie).

Well Jesus is definitely succeeding in his quest to kill all things Indigenous. You have Indian people condemning the non-Christian in their own community. You have Christians running over Sweat Lodges with their trucks. You have Reserves banning the practice of a Sweat Lodge. Our own Reserve has used Jesus to condemn people. A Chief, Ken C., now an Elder, was a very proud Traditionalist. At this election as Chief of our Reserve, some of the Jesus followers started throwing Holy Water on him as he walked into a meeting. Man, that is funny.Many of those Traditionalists that are being attacked will have Sweats Ceremonies honouring Jesus. I know several Elders that will hold a Sweat just for Jesus. The Catholic Priest of Sagkeeng even went Sundance with Deceased Ron Swampy in the Reserve. The Priest and The Sundance Holder were friends. If they can have respect for each other, how come others don't? Are they afraid of someone else's beliefs? 

In our Reserve someone even took a shit at the base of the Sundance Tree. Can you imagine that! Oh Well (maano - let it be) all in the name of Jesus.

http://tulan.net/content/christian-crees-tear-down-sweat-lodge
http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2011/01/17/crees-ban-sweat-lodges-fns-spirituality-from-community/
http://www.rezdude.ca/sweatlodge/aboutsweatlodge.html

6 comments:

  1. Kia ora Steve,
    Well written. Christianity has always been the cornerstone (excuse) of colonialism. Kia kaha.
    Robb

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  2. Reminds me of the well known and so true refrain spoken by native peeps everywhere: "When the missionaries came they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land." And yet our own spiritual practices contain wisdom and beauty beyond compare IMO. Such is the result of disparaging of the native and his/her ways, too many of our own have thought the practices, values, religions of the invaders superior. Sad, sad, sad. Keep calling them to wake up, 'tis great to read.

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  3. ”Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows”Tatanka Iyotake. ________________________________________
    I’m not astonished that so many of us « indigenous » fall in love with Jesus. Well, he represents the sacrifice for his people, loyalty and love stronger than death. From what we hear about Jesus, he’d rather have fry bread in our rez than caviar in the White House… The problem is that if someone trusts Jesus, he or she can’t trust those who misrepresent him and who act against his teachings (preaching to “the barbarian sinners” at the same time….).BTW, Jesus himself condemned self-righteousness…” Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence”. (Matthew 23:25-28 NKJV).
    When I was a kid I asked a priest why people should confess their sins to him, since the Creator sees everything we had done and only he knows if our regrets are sincere… Well, today I still think we’re all created equal and we do not need to “pass through” any “god’s reps”in our unique relationship with Creator. I do not like those who try to turn beliefs into business powerhouse (“Christian” or Muslim) and fellow human beings into terrified slaves. Now here’s to those who” preach” in the rez: Dear Good Christians –Samaritans! I’m a red repo barbarian who has recently discovered that the eight commandment is “You must not steal». So – when you and your people are leaving?

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  4. Great article, Steve.... I just wanted to add that 'Jesus' is not the evil doer. He was not a 'Christian' and did not invent Christianity. His name and message were perverted and appropriated by the then Holy Roman Church. They and all following denominations have been the murderous criminals by spreading their dogma. The Native American Church, which is very active in my State of Oklahoma, USA, and I'm sure other places in the US and Canada, is nothing but a mutant religion trying to appease both sides, and they have become complicit in spreading the very same dogma which has been killing all of our First Nations, Indigenous, and Aboriginal Peoples everywhere. What a self-righeous farce! There was nothing wrong and everything right with our original belief system, which connected us to our Creator, Source, and we realized that we were and still are connected to everything around us.

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  5. Thanks. I actually like Jesus.

    On another note...I visited my Teacher yesterday and she reminded me, "remember that person over there is also a Child of The Creator". She says she sometimes tries and guilt people into doing the right thing or thinking good others (with a wink). It's hard to sometimes to treat people well when they are being arsewholes. :D.

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  6. What is death to God, nothing. If Indians die at the hands of others then they die. If you focus your attention to the things and happenings of this world for answers of course you will question if there is a God, for this is but one objective by the deceiver. But if you focus on natural ways and laws, not humanities ways, then seek answers from your heart with great humility and without our own preconceived notions about the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. then perhaps you may truly find the Love and Peace you've been mislead from by those who speak from their own pains.

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