The New Testament’s Main Talking Points

Spiritual Topic Standard Explanation via Jesus the Christ’s Ministry An Other Spirituality Version (No Gloss, or Sugar-coating Christ)
Major Biblical Quotations
“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”Anyone who has never sinned, should cast the first stone condemning a sinner.  This is where Jesus, with his divine grace, saves an adulterous woman from a mob. Twice in the linked Biblical passage, Christ bends over and writes in the sand.  Who writes on the ground to compose their thinking?  Who would channel God in such a histrionic manner?  God is found in the sand?  Did Christ do this for dramatic effect?  Jesus was a showman?  (A side note: if Jesus was actually without sin, he should have thrown the first stone.)
“...Ask, and it shall be given you...”“...Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  God wants people to be assertive. There’s no issue here, although Christianity has a tendency to create “turn the other cheek” sheep, and this quote, Luke ll:9, addresses this in some degree.
“To every thing there is a season...  A time to be born, and a time to die...  A time to kill, and a time to heal...”From those words in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, comes the lyrics for the Sixties anthem by the Byrds, Turn, turn, turn.  The verses demonstrate that for every hatred shown by a few, it is recompensed by the kindness of millions of other men and women.  There are cycles to hostilities. The only qualm one might have with this Bible passage is the necessity for cycles, or seasons of hatred, that somehow murder on a national scale, or war, can be justified.  With today’s advanced channels for dialog, and the wisdom of millennia, Mankind will learn enough to know that killing is only unbridled nihilism, that is, pure destruction, and that it helps no one.
The Power of Faith Psalms, Chapter 23: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want ...  I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me ...”  This may be fine until you realize that you’re handing over your fate to the ether.  Isn’t faith stronger when placed with yourself in concert with all Creation surrounding you? As soon as you hand over your free will to the ether, you might lose control over your fate.  Instead, join hands with all Creation, with the rest of humanity, and with the benevolence evident in Creation’s aggregate bonhomie, or goodwill.  Don’t bother with what is above us; but dwell on resouces around us and beside us.
Corinthians, Chapter 13“...And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity...”  The first two concern your needs.  The last, charity, concerns your kindness to the rest of this Earth at large, and how, or if, those needs are met. This is the one (not the only one) chapter of the Bible that even I, with an admittedly very critical mind set, feel is not at all incomprehensible gobbledygook, and has actual value.  It makes good sense to hold kindness and charity above hope, or even faith, because without caring, we are left all alone, and the deserving get nothing.  Additionally, in Corinthians 13:4-5 “ envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil...”  There is always a negative to philosophical rules, and here, charity is valued first, because they might your money, your charity.  Churches cost money, and world religious leadership costs big money. (Joni Mitchell has sung of seeking charity vis-à-vis romance, not via houses of worship.)
Eye for an eye versus turn the other cheek. Jesus made the submission to the aggressor a major selling point of his Church.  Join it, and you will one day reach the ideal, and live life the way Christ said he lived it, above conflict and pettiness.  One God in the Holy Bible commands us to love until our heart bleeds.  In the same tome, an earlier God commands us not to love, so revenge, even deadly revenge, is certain.  The last prophet of Islam, Mohammed, claims those wronged, and whom war was made against, are permitted to fight in retaliation (apparently to the death as the Prophet Mohammed does not mince words, he also preaches an eye-for-an-eye). If I may be so blunt, if you live exactly by Christ’s words you are in for a very rough road.  In reality, people must offer at least some resistance when they are affronted with aggression.  Christ even sounds as though he was doing a favor for the rulers of the Roman Empire, exhorting his followers to stay in line. 
Rejecting Materialism The saints take oaths of poverty, renounce creature comforts, and live with very little luxury.  Because it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle... We have all the material resources to make almost every last person on Earth happy and healthy, but our distribution system is plagued by greed.  Someday we will coordinate the logistics of manufacture and distribution with the goal of satisfying World demand.  World economics demands that everyone deserves anything they get, including absolute necessities.  Either we make food, goods, medicine, and adequate housing, available to everyone, or we perpetuate suffering.
Reciprocity when Judging Adversaries “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven...” When you pump up your ego by knocking someone else, you lose a degree of your innocence — you become complicit in unwholesome spirituality.  When you hate, you are denying yourself peace.  Giving love fills our hearts with joy; denying others love, denies that same feeling to ourselves.
ForgivenessForgive them, they know not what they do. They should have known better, yet so far you’ve been paying for their ignorance.  One day there may be the possibility that they will finally see the light.  Until then, we can try to let it go or forget their trespass.
...Love one another... Christ’s main message for his flock, repeated thirteen times in the New Testament, was “Love one another.”  This might be written as well: “Love those who deserve your love.”  Today’s Christianity puts plenty of qualifiations on that love.  The Vatican contends that gay people are not following the teachings of their Messiah.  Christians often hold the conviction, even backed by their ancient, hate-reinforcing document, the Bible, that gays and lesbians are fundamentally flawed. Love is love, it is not within one’s powers to decide whom they find attractive.  What gives one group of people the right to decide who others can love?  The Methodist Church just splintered because the Traditionalist majority wanted to continue being homophobic, while the minority knew this was wrong.  If you were to say your Bible somewhere forbids Elton John or Ellen Degeneres from marrying their lovers, then your Bible is not worth the paper it is printed upon (to give you an idea of how topical and relevant their cherished Bible is, they also forbid bestiality, see above link).  One of the first things Hitler did when he was given the reins of power, was to ban “degenerate” paintings of homosexual artists.  By promoting bigotry, which has become — along with pro-fetus-life — another cause célèbre of the Christian Church, Christians are sidling up with Hitler.
Dangling a hook to maintain Church attendance, or Heaven is a wonderful prize “Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Follow the path of Jesus, and you will live forever, so says John 3:16. Is Christ offering the reward of a hereafter for a spiritual life, or because it serves as a lure to stay a Christian involved in his church?  This particular quote is troubling to some (like me), because it implies that going to heaven, is contingent on being a church-goer.
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