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Some Christian Teachings From A Heathen Perspective

I would like to examine Jesus’ ethical mandates from a heathen perspective that may provide a more grounded and moderate context, allowing us to turn them from extremisms into potentially useful guidelines, if used intelligently. It is, in fact, a worthy heathen project to reexamine Judaeo-Christian teachings from a heathen perspective, because heathenism always deals with things as they are, as they actually exist, and in our culture, we are steeped in Judaeo-Christian myths, and it can be helpful to reexamine these everyday myths and teachings from the unique perspective that heathenism gives. Indeed, for us to examine many of the myths, both religious and secular, that circulate in our society, is entirely appropriate from a heathen perspective, where all of the myths in society would be examined and looked at with a heathen eye to see where the Gods were present in them, and where the Gods were speaking through them, and what lessons could be drawn upon. It may sound foreign to ask where heathen Gods are working through foreign teachings, but it would not have been foreign to our ancestors who looked for wisdom whereever it could be found, and in that way demonstrated their broad tolerance and their love of wisdom in whatever form it may have come.

When Jesus says to sell all of one’s movable possessions, and to give to the destitute, he’s not speaking about just the poor, about people who have low income. The Greek word is ptochos, which means those who have become absolutely destitute.

If we invoke the heathen principle of scale, of social scale, we may understand that Jesus is speaking to each community, to each neighborhood, each kith. It is not saying that you have to take care of the destitute everywhere in the world, but rather that each kingdom, each neighborhood, each community should take care of its own destitute, so we’re keeping things on a human scale. You aren’t being required to take care of everyone, but rather that the community should be taking care of its own.

Read the original article at: Heathen Ranter

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