Re: The Christ Family
Date: February 23, 2010 04:51AM
Mark, even though you may still have some residual psychological damage from the Lightning Amen cult, over time with proper counseling and assoications, this will fade into the background.
First of all, get over the belief that "walking in the wind" has anything to do with the way Jesus Christ lived with His Disciples, or the way the early Church lived. Sure, Jesus and His disciples walked from village to village within Israel, but that was because it was the only mode of transporation available to them at the time. Romans owned the horses - not Jews. Furthermore, he didn't walk barefoot - leather sandals were used by the Jews. Jesus and the Disciples ate fish - remember, Jesus even roasted a fish for supper after His resurrection. The Disciples were fishmeman. There is nothing stating that they did not partake of the meat and food available to the general Jewish population as long as it was Kosher. They certainly knew nothing about vegetarianism, and God commanded imperfect men in Genesis to kill and eat animals (in their fallen state, men need the animal protein not available eslewhere). No materialism? Peter lived with his wife in a house with his mother-in-law. Jesus may not have owned a home, but most likely lived in different dwellings with his followers. He owned clothes, shoes, and personal posessions. He didn't turn over everything to some cult leader and call it "no materialism." Turning over everything to a cult leader is stupidity, not unmaterialistic. Paul lived as a tent maker, earned a living, and probably owned a home - he was a Roman citizen of some consequence. As far as "no killing" goes, Jesus told his followers that if they didn't already own a sword, then go and buy one (for protection). See for instance, Luke 22:
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
No sex? As I said, Peter was married, and Paul had probably been widowed. Jesus remained celibate, but only because He foreknew that His early death would not be conducive for raising a family. God's command is to go forth and multiply, and the two shall be one. Of course, sexual pressure is a tool used by cult leaders to control their flocks - especially when the cult leaders are enjoying sex with any number of cult members!
Look, Mark, you were deceived as were many others. Cults thrive on deception and twisting God's Word. My suggestion would be to buy a Bible and read it for yourself, without the "interpretation" from Lightning and his cohorts. There is life beyond destructive cults - and you are beginning to see it.